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Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Totino-Grace lacrosse: A clear shot

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune

The Totino-Grace boys’ lacrosse team played under a rainbow. The Eagles’ two losses this season showed what happens when the opposition contains Giuseppe Palermo. Photo by David Brewster, Star Tribune

You have heard about folks who can't see the forest for the trees, those whose focus on the minor details eclipses their view of the big picture.

Totino-Grace senior Giuseppe Palermo (his friends call him Joe) is not one of those people. He has wanted to play Division I lacrosse since the sixth grade, and achieved his goal by signing with Quinnipiac. But he got there by working on the little things. And he owes part of his success to cutting down trees behind his family's home in Lino Lakes and creating a space to practice.

"We cut down trees, brought in dirt to level the ground, laid sod and put a goal back there," Palermo said. "I'm back there every day, shooting from a standstill or on the run and working on getting my shot off with either my left or right hand."

Being ambidextrous, Palermo said, helps separate good college players from great ones. But Palermo's focus is not squarely on the next level. He is busy helping Totino-Grace to its most competitive season in three years. Palermo, a midfielder, leads his team in goals (17) and assists (16) as the Eagles started the season with a 6-2 record. They won just five games in the past two seasons combined.

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