The Washington Times - May 23, 2009, 10:39AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —- Syracuse is used to advancing to the final four. This year marks 25 times in 27 years.

But it’s a new experience for Scott Kahoe. And that’s what has made the past week a remarkable one for the graduate student who runs on the second-seeded Orange’s second midfield.


Kahoe, of course, spent four years at Georgetown. He was a lauded recruit earlier this decade, a do-it-all midfielder who figured to anchor a final four team or two on the Hilltop.

Only it didn’t happen. Kahoe found himself stuck in the same close-but-not-quite pattern as the rest of the Hoyas’ program. He played spent four years at Georgetown (with a season lost to shoulder surgery tossed in), and was part of three quarterfinal appearances.

So after graduating last spring, Kahoe opted to spend his final year of eligibility at Syracuse —- where he finally punched through to a final four after last weekend’s 11-6 defeat of Maryland.

“A lot of these guys were making fun of me because after we defeated Maryland, I was crying in the locker room,” Kahoe said. “All the guys I played with —- Brodie Merrill and Andy Corno, the Cannons [Brendan and Peter], all these guys who were my closest buds at Georgetown who I still talk to today. It’s one of those things. People remember them for being the players they were at Georgetown, but legends are really made on Memorial Day weekend.”

It’s a place Georgetown hasn’t been since 1999, but it hasn’t been for a lack of opportunity —- or talent. The program reached the quarterfinals six straight years (2002-07) without winning once, the longest such streak in tournament history.

Kahoe, who scored 11 goals and added three assists at Georgetown. needed no reminder of those frustrations.

“There’s super-heavy expectations going in there,” Kahoe said. “I went in there with Dan D’Agnes and Miles Kass, and we were considered the top recruits in the country. A lot of people had a lot of big expectations and it was a great school, but we just underachieved.”

That isn’t true of the Orange, who are two victories from becoming the sport’s first repeat champion since 1996-98 Princeton.

Kahoe’s played a complementary role, delivering nine goals and six assists while playing with sophomores Josh Amidon and Jeff Gilbert. It probably isn’t how Kahoe envisioned the final months of his career back when he was an uberrecruit and chose Georgetown over Syracuse.

Nevertheless, he’s satisfied with where things will end.

“This place is college lacrosse,” Kahoe said.”It’s as close to truly being a professional lacrosse player as it gets. Playing in the Carrier Dome, play the best schedule in college lacrosse, having the best coaches and having the championship banners. I don’t think there’s any program more kids wants to play for than Virginia, Hopkins and Syracuse for those reasons.”

—- Patrick Stevens