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Player Profile: Ross Scott

Senior attacker Ross Scott has had a great career on the Banks and will return to the Rutgers men's lacrosse team for his final season next year. – Photo by Ice You

Senior attacker Ross Scott was honored during the Rutgers men's lacrosse team's Senior Night game against Maryland on April 17.

Scott joined the Scarlet Knights (8-5, 1-4) in 2020 after attending West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon.

During his time there, Scott was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American, a three-time First Team all-state, an all-conference player and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team all four of his high school years while being named captain for two of them. 

When looking for a school to compete at in Division I lacrosse, Scott didn't find many options out West.

"I wanted to go out East. I wanted to do whatever I could to play for a competitive Division I program," Scott said. "When Rutgers gave me the call, I was thrilled."

He added that meeting the coaching staff and getting a look at the campus made the decision easier for him.

"I knew this was the place for me. Mixing great lacrosse with great academics is really a plus. It sold my parents right away," said Scott. "It didn't take me very long to know that I wanted to go to Rutgers and build something special here."

Scott has had his fair share of memories while playing lacrosse for No. 14 Rutgers. Just last season, he was a major part in bringing the Knights to their first Final Four in the program's history, and he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.

Scott's 50 goals last season were tied for the most in a single season in program history, and his 75 points were the second most in a single season in program history. He was named a Third Team All-American by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), Second Team All-Big Ten and an honorable mention All-American from both Inside Lacrosse and USA Lacrosse Magazine.

Despite his incredible play on the field over the past few seasons, Scott mentioned his favorite memories being those he made off the field with his teammates.

"When I look back, some of my favorite memories have just been not even on the field — just spending time with the guys," Scott said. "We create a really special bond here throughout the locker room."

Scott added that bus trips were something he always enjoyed.

"I think looking back at those times will be my fondest memories," Scott said. "Just being able to spend time with the boys and have 50 of my best friends with me at all times."

In addition to the legacy that the player has cemented for himself at Rutgers, he had the opportunity to represent his roots as he spent time this past summer competing for Team Canada.

"My entire dad's side of the family is all Canadian," said Scott. "Being able to represent them and represent my grandfather in The World Games was a dream come true."

Scott tallied 17 goals and 11 assists across the tournament and was named Most Outstanding Attacker of the Tournament and to the All-World Team. Team Canada won the Silver Medal.

When asked what's next for him following this season, Scott broke the news.

"I do think I'm going to come back for a fifth year and finish out my career here as a Scarlet Knight," he said.

Scott currently holds another year of NCAA eligibility due to the pandemic.

With the current season coming to a close, the Knights have some work to do as they look to replicate last year's postseason success and string together a couple of wins.

"Good things happen when you win games," said Scott.

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