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Three Park City Seniors Heading to McGill University in Canada Next Fall

Park City Midfielder Rufus Frost
Park City Midfielder Rufus Frost

Three Park City Seniors, co-captains for the 2012 squad, have committed to play for McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada next season. Midfielders Rufus Frost and Jake Gutman, along with defensemen Alec Roussos will join the Redmen just in time for the 16 game fall season.
The Redmen play in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association which has tripled in size since its origins as a four-team Ontario league in 1985 and is compared to a NCAA D-III or MCLA D-I level of lacrosse.

Park City Defensemen Alec Roussos
Park City Defensemen Alec Roussos
“I grew up in Montreal and know the roots of lacrosse in the area very well,” said Park City Head Coach Andy Langendorf. “Montreal is a hot bed for the game of box lacrosse, which is what you see in the NLL. Canadian field lacrosse is a tough game due to the fact players come from the box world where contact and rough play is common place. The Canadian game is wide open and is now attracting a great deal of attention from good American players who fit that “run and gun” style. Mcgill is one of the best teams at the University level, and offers players a great education at the same time, not to mention Montreal is a great city to live in. When my players spoke to me about McGill, I knew it would be a good fit for them.”
McGill is coached by Tim Murdoch who played for Princeton in the 80s and graduated with an MBA from Harvard in 1990. Murdoch is entering his Tenth season with the Redmen.
“Beyond the fact that Rufus, Jake and Alec are strong students, we are interested in players who have been elected captain, since we are eager to attract strong young leaders to our squad,” said Murdoch. “Unlike many NCAA colleges with fixed recruiting spots, we have latitude to recruit a larger pool of players as long as they are strong academically. McGill recruits well versus for players who value studies first, but still seek to play highly competitive lacrosse in college.  McGill offers an Ivy League-caliber education at a substantial discount, so the word has gotten out that we offer the best educational value in the US or Canada.”
Park City Midfielder Rufus Frost
Park City Midfielder Rufus Frost
Frost first visited McGill while on a family trip to Montreal two years ago. While initially concerned with the large size of the school, as well as not having a “US college experience,” McGill became his ultimate selection above the nine colleges to which he was admitted. After a recent visit to McGill with the lacrosse team, a meeting with the head coach and learning more about the student life and Montreal first hand, it was clear McGill satisfied all of Frosts’ selection criteria – excellent academics, lacrosse and affordability. From the beginning, Frosts’ plan was to leverage lacrosse in the admissions process for the best academic college/university possible.  University of Richmond, Bates College and Denison University were in final consideration with McGill. In the end, McGill’s academic reputation, lacrosse program and affordability made it the best fit for Frost.
“McGill offers a world-class education and an opportunity to play lacrosse with, and against, some the best players in North America. It’s going to be different, but overall it will be a great experience where I will be able to absorb a new culture while playing high-caliber lacrosse,” said Frost. “McGill often schedules some Northeastern NCAA D-III schools but competes primarily in the CUFLA. Additionally, one major consideration was my ability to graduate from one of the best universities in the world, debt-free. McGill is about half the cost of other colleges I was considering.”
Park City Midfielder Jake Gutman
Park City Midfielder Jake Gutman
Gutman is very familiar with the Canadian Universities given his mother is a Canadian citizen. Jake had conversations with Coach Murdoch, visited the university last fall for a weekend, and applied to McGill and several top west coast US colleges.  In the end, Jake realized McGill offered the best education and the ability to play competitive lacrosse, while receiving Canadian tuition which is less than the US tuition costs.
“One element of the decision to attend McGill was that I am a dual Canadian/American citizen and get an incredible break on tuition,” said Gutman. “The fact that US News Worlds Best Universities ranking had McGill at No. 17, just below Johns Hopkins, was also a factor. I really liked the Redmen varsity lacrosse coach and was impressed with the overall program. As I researched the academic side of the school I found programs that I believe will be very exciting. I plan to major in Accounting and minor in Business.”
Roussos learned of McGill from Frost and Gutman and shortly applied and was accepted.
“I’m very excited to attend McGill University next fall,” said Roussos. “I came to my conclusion because it is one of the best academic schools is the world as well as having a great opportunity to play lacrosse. I will be receiving an incredible education while playing lacrosse at the same time. It is going to be a lot of fun and I will look to represent Park City lacrosse in Canada.”
You can follow Frost, Gutman and Roussos as they venture to the North by visiting the McGill Redman Lacrosse website.
Park City Captains Rufus Frost, Alec Roussos and Jake Gutman
Park City Captains Rufus Frost, Alec Roussos and Jake Gutman

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  1. McGill is so lucky to have these three fine young men joining their team! We are so proud! Go PC LAX!

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