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Ivy League Dustup

Cornell and Princeton didn't just square-off on the lacrosse field last weekend (a fantastic win for Cornell, I was there!). They also met in the Stanley Cup playoffs when Cornell's Douglas Murray and Princeton's George Parros decided to take matters into their own hands:

Parros does seem to fit more of the Ivy League stereotype:

If such sweat equity belies their Ivy League pedigree, there is no such incongruity off the ice.

Parros earned his degree in economics with a paper that examined the implications of the 2002 West Coast longshoreman strike on the national economy, and he can converse in Greek and Spanish. More importantly, he routinely trounces teammates Rob Niedermayer, Drew Miller, Ryan Carter and Ryan on the USA Today crossword puzzle.

"They're always asking George if their answers are right," said teammate Andrew Ebbett. "Most of them can't do the crossword -- they're more puzzle guys."

Murray earned his bachelor's in hotel administration, a program for which Cornell is renowned. He has put his education -- in and out of the classroom -- to use when he and a pair of classmates invented and marketed a beer-keg tap that fills three glasses at once. Murray has left the business mostly to his partners, while he focuses on hockey.

"I love hockey," Murray said. "But I couldn't have a better insurance policy."

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on April 25, 2009 (#)

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