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Little-used at Calvert Hall, Jim Cusick now a D-III star at Washington College

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Jim Cusick is the kind of lacrosse success story we seldom hear about.

A senior at Washington College and captain of the lacrosse team, Cusick played high school lacrosse at Calvert Hall and very seldom got on the field.

He wasn't a bad player, just a late bloomer at one of the country's best high schools for lacrosse.

Cusick never complained about his lack of playing time at Calvert Hall, but just kept practicing and getting better and better.

One of the advantages of playing in the private school system is that even though you may not get to play much, you still get better because you're practicing against the best every day.

Cusick has become one of Division III's top players. The senior attackman from Harford County has scored 51 goals and collected 11 assists this season, and scored the game-winner with 22.5 seconds remaining as Washington College upset defending national champion Stevenson, 12-11, in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals Wednesday night in Owings Mills.

Cusick finished with five goals and one assist in the game -- not bad for a kid college scouts considered too slow years ago.

In these days of early recruiting by the colleges, kids like Cusick slip through the cracks all the time. Unfortunately, we just don't hear about them a lot.

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