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Men’s commitment: St. John’s lands Downingtown West (PA) rising senior defenseman Paoline

Friday, 19th August 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school, Recruiting  

By Charles Kruzits, Posted 8/19/11

Downingtown West (PA) rising senior defenseman Mike Paoline has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at St. John’s University.

Mike Paoline

Paoline was a Second Team Ches-Mont League pick in 2010 when the Whippets won a share of their first league crown. He also plays for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club.

Last fall Paoline received accolades at two recruiting events. He had the hardest shot on Day 2 of the F4 Showbine when he fired on at 102 MPH. He also made the Gait Fab 40 Team at the Philly Showcase.

A member of the National Honor Society, he plans to focus in the area of science for a major.

“I got on campus for my first visit and fell in love,” Paoline said. “I met the coaches and players and got a good feeling this is a place I belong.”

The location of the campus on Long island intrigued him and was a big reason for the commitment. Paoline also considered Penn and Mount St. Mary’s.

“I felt comfortable in Queens, I like the city of New York,” he said. “It’s similar to Penn, but it’s more suburban and I liked that a lot.”

At St. John’s, Paoline will be joining former West teammate Connor Mullen, a rising sophomore midfielder. Another Downingtown West grad, Charlie Holenstein, is a Red Storm rising senior attackman.



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