- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2006

Dave Paolisso didn’t like the way his Georgetown lacrosse career seemingly ended last spring, so he decided to create a new conclusion.

The eighth-ranked Hoyas couldn’t be happier he did.

The midfielder has a team-high eight goals as Georgetown (3-1, 1-0 ECAC) enters today’s game against Hobart (3-1, 0-0) at the Hoyas’ Multi-Sport Field.

“He plays well at both ends of the field, and he’s scoring goals,” Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. “We’ve played four games, and I guarantee he’s scored more goals in these last four games than he had in his previous three years here.”

Paolisso decided to come back this season as a graduate student and take advantage of the year of eligibility he didn’t use when he tore an ACL in the January before his junior season. It wasn’t something he considered as he went through his senior season, but a fourth straight loss in the NCAA quarterfinals — a 9-8 overtime setback against Maryland — left him yearning to return.

“At the last minute, with the way our season ended last year, I felt a little unfulfilled,” said Paolisso, who entered the year with six career goals.

Paolisso wasn’t the only one. Midfielder Mike White — who sat out the 2003 season with injury — also wanted to return, and together they talked with Urick about a possible encore.

“They surprised the heck out of me,” Urick said. “They came in together last spring after the tournament and said, ‘We want to play again,’ and I said, ‘Well, you’re not coming back just to play lacrosse.’”

Both served internships during the fall; Paolisso was at investment bank FBR in Arlington.

Though Paolisso didn’t practice with the Hoyas in the fall, he worked his way onto the first midfield line with Pete Cannon and Matt McBride.

That alone is impressive for a player who was primarily a defensive midfielder before this season. Yet Paolisso recorded his first career hat trick in a victory March 10 at Syracuse, then followed it with three more goals as the Hoyas routed Delaware on Wednesday.

Those numbers are nice, but Paolisso remembers the biggest reason he is back for another season.

“My goal is to win the national championship, and I’m not going to be able to do it when I’m 35 years old,” Paolisso said. “This is my only opportunity to do it.”

Mids on the move

No. 4 Navy, which is 5-0 for the first time since 1989, is in the midst of a five-game stretch against Patriot League competition.

The Midshipmen upended Bucknell at the First Four event last weekend in San Diego before routing Lafayette 11-6 on Wednesday. Navy, which is 18-1 against league opponents since joining the Patriot in 2004, visits Colgate today and welcomes Lehigh and Holy Cross to Annapolis next weekend. None of the three has played in the NCAA tournament.

“We’re basically the team in this league with the target on our back,” Navy coach Richie Meade said. “For the last couple years we’ve been able to handle that responsibility.”

Terps regroup

No. 1 Maryland will try to recover from Tuesday’s stunning double-overtime loss to Bucknell when it visits Maryland-Baltimore County today.

The Terrapins (3-1) looked tight against the Bison even after rallying from a 6-3 deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and wound up with a midweek loss to an unranked team for the second straight season. Poor shooting was one obvious culprit for the loss; Maryland scored only three goals as it outshot Bucknell 19-1 in the fourth quarter and the first overtime period.

“It’s not like we’re bad,” senior attackman Joe Walters said. “We’re just not executing. It’s on us. It’s no one’s fault. You can’t point fingers. You just have to play better.”

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