Blue-Chip Defender Heads Lacrosse Recruiting Class for McGill

MONTREAL -- Danny McDermott, a blue-chip defender from Richmond, B.C., has signed a letter of intent to play for the McGill University men's lacrosse program.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound transfer from New York Institute of Technology will be pursuing a certificate in applied marketing at McGill. He was a three-time Division II All-American and was twice named as the ECC defensive player of the year. Prior to his stint south of the border, McDermott was a member of Team Canada's Under-19 squad that competed at the 2012 world championships where he was named to the All-World team and selected as the tourney's most outstanding defenceman. McDermott previously played box lacrosse in British Columbia with the Delta Islanders of the B.C. Junior "A" league.

"Strengthening our defensive unit was recruiting priority No.1, so we're thrilled about the arrival of McDermott," said Tim Murdoch, who has posted a 116-71-2 career record in 189 games over his 11 seasons as head coach of the Redmen. "He brings unprecedented skill and maturity to our squad."

Other recruits announced by Murdoch include Nick Soubry of Oakville, Ont., Trey Lundelius of Bethesda, Md., Alex Linton of Ridgewood, N.J., Guillaume Martel-Lamarre and Louis-Charles Génereux, both from Montreal, Cal Callahan of Glenview, Illinois and Goose Bolton of Darien, Conn.

Soubry, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defender, transfers from Sacred Heart, an NCAA Div. I school where he started as a freshman. A box lacrosse player with the Oakville Buzz, Soubry merited all-tournament honours at the Brogden Cup, an annual US-Canada U-19 field lacrosse competition. He will pursue a master's degree in biology.

Lundelius, who chose to play lacrosse at McGill over water polo at an NCAA Div. I program, is a six-foot, 190-pound defender out of The Landon School, a prep powerhouse.

Linton, a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Canada, is a six-foot, 175-pound midfielder from Ridgewood high school, a traditionally strong lacrosse program in New Jersey.

Martel-Lamarre is a six-foot, 180-pound midfielder from College Brébeuf.

Génereux, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound midfielder, was also a starter for College Brébeuf after starring at Upper Canada College.

Callahan, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound attackman, is a product of Loyola Academy in the Chicago area, where he shattered his high school's scoring record with 71 goals and 19 assists as a senior. He also merited True Lacrosse Illinois All-State honours last season.

Bolton is a crafty, six-foot, 160-pound attackman out of Darien high school, a U.S. lacrosse powerhouse that was ranked fourth in the nation last year after posting a 22-0 record and winning the Connecticut state title.

Murdoch indicated that he expects 50 players to battle for 40 roster spots at his late-August tryout camp. The team returns 35 veterans, including six all-stars. Supporting Murdoch on his coaching staff will be long-time assistant Sean Steinwald, as well as McGill graduates Simon Hudson and Scott Bailey, both of whom played for the Redmen.

The Redmen, who posted a 14-2 overall record last year, including a perfect 10-0 mark in regular-season play, will be gunning for their fourth consecutive East Division title in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association.

The 2014-15 squad will be led by co-captains Alex Rohrbach of Princeton Junction, N.J., Paul Rakoczy of Burlington, Ont., Jack Stewart of South Salem, N.Y., and team MVP Connor Goodwin of Burnaby, B.C., who earned CUFLA All-East honours last season.

2014-06-20



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