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Three Utahns Complete Sophomore Season at McGill University

Jake Gutman, Rufus Frost, McGill Redmen Lacrosse
Jake Gutman (7) with Rufus Frost (10)

Alexander Roussos, Jake Gutman and Rufus Frost, all graduates from Park City High, completed their Sophomore seasons for McGill University in Quebec, Canada, falling to the Guelph Gryphons, 14-11, in the 2013 Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association Championship.
McGill were the 2012 CUFLA Champions and were looking to gain back-to-back titles. And it was looking like it was going to turn out that way as the game started. The Redmen opened up the first quarter on fire, leading the Gryphons 4-2. The tables evened out at halftime, with a score of 6-6. Guelph came out of the half outscoring the Redmen 4-2, and continued their scoring streak in the 4th quarter, bringing the final score to 14-11.
Although the season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, the Park City-natives always enjoy playing together. These three players have played together for a majority of lacrosse career. They know exactly how each other play and they use that to their advantage.
“I very much enjoy having two played from Utah on my team,” said Roussos. “We have been playing with each other since 7th grade so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I am not afraid to tell Rufus and Jake to no try that dodge against because I know it is a weakness of theirs. I always tell Rufus and Jake, and they do the same to me.”
“Love it. Having played on the same team with them since 7th grade, they’re some of my best buds. It’s pretty cool we all still take the field together every day,” Frost said.

Jake Gutman, Rufus Frost, McGill Redmen Lacrosse
Jake Gutman (7) with Rufus Frost (10)
This group of players have had a lot of success playing together. As Freshmen at McGill, they took the CUFLA championship, and this year they made it to the finals. They also won some very impressive games this season as well. One of their biggest victories of the season was against Plattsburgh State, a NCAA D-III program.
“Beating Plattsburgh State, who finished 17th overall last year in NCAA D-III, was a huge win for the program because it gives us a good comparison of how talented and skilled we are,” Roussos said.
With a majority of their players coming back next year, they are looking to be as competitive as they were this year. That’s not to say they don’t have things to work on over the off season. Being in a Canadian league with a majority of players on the team coming from the States has it’s difficulties. The game is played in a different style than in the U.S.
“Being a team mostly comprised of Americans, we have a disadvantage on ground balls against these teams with all Canadians,” Roussos said. “Their box lacrosse backgrounds make them great in picking up ground balls in traffic.”
McGill wrapped up their season with a record of 14-2, going undefeated in their conference. As the 2014 season starts, they will be competing with a chip on their shoulder to get payback.
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