This past weekend, Boise State was able to schedule a weekend full of great games between Boise State, Brigham Young, and Simon Fraser on the blue turf at Boise State University. With the mystique that surrounds the blue turf of BSU, it created quite the setting for a weekend of top-notch lacrosse.
Friday night, Boise State played host to Brigham Young University. BYU was coming off a 16-12 victory over UNLV the day before and came out guns a-blazing. It may have been because of their shaky start against UNLV or just that they had worked out all the kinks, but BYU looked hot right out of the gate and went into halftime with a 10-1 lead. As the game wore on, BSU was able to find their game and began to make some good plays with the ball, holding BYU to just 5-2 in the second half. BYU came away with the victory in this one 15-3.
Ted Ferrin led the way for the Cougars with six points on five goals and an assist, while BSU was led by a great performance in cage by Senior goaltender Kevin Kaup who, despite the score, was able to secure 22 saves and nearly a 60% save percentage.
Saturday afternoon, Brigham Young would attempt to earn their third victory in three days as they took on Simon Fraser in an early season match-up between two top-20 teams. Simon Fraser came in hungry for the upset and took a 2-0 lead before BYU battled back to take the lead at 3-2. The score would stay pretty close for the rest of the game as the Cougars and Clan battled back and forth. In the end though, BYU would be able to hold off Simon Fraser and took this one 14-10.
BYU was led by Patrick Matheson (4 g) and Ted Ferrin (2 g, 2a) with four points each, while SFU was led by Calvin Craig with four points on two goals and two assists.
Sunday afternoon would pit #18 Simon Fraser against host Boise State in what would become a very intense 60 minutes of play. Fraser came into the game looking like they would take out the previous day’s woes on the Broncos, taking a 9-5 lead going into the half. Boise State would not roll over so easily though and came into the third quarter strong, cutting the lead to three and heading into the final quarter of play down 12-9.
The fourth quarter was huge for the Broncos, who seemed to feed off the emotion of the crowd and continued to close the gap with the Clan. With under three minutes to play, Simon Fraser went man-down on a one-minute unreleasable conduct penalty that BSU would take full advantage of. Boise State would put two quick goals in to tie the game at 13 a piece, before taking the lead with just over two minutes left. Just as you thought BSU was going to take this one in regulation, SFU midfielder Iain Vickars was able to flick the ball past the Bronco defense during a ground ball scrum and tied the game with under :20 seconds left.
The overtime period almost seemed to be over before it even started as a weary Fraser team looked rattled and a little nervous as they took the field. The upset-minded Boise State squad got off several shots at the goalkeeper before finally passing the ball to a sneaking Dolin Culver, who fired the ball past the SFU keeper, completing his hat trick for the game and clinching the upset for the Broncos.
Boise State was led by Karson Fullmer (4 g, 1 a) with five points and Jeremy Bradburn (3 g, 1 a) and Dolin Culver (3 g, 1 a) with four points a piece and another outstanding performance in goal by Kevin Kaup with 19 saves on 33 shots. Simon Fraser was led by Calvin Craig (2 g, 2a) and Eric Ransom (3 g, 1 a) with four points a piece.
Want to see more pics from the games in Boise this past weekend? Don’t worry, we have you covered. We’ll be posting all the pictures from the three games this week on our Facebook page and there was a BSU Alumni snapping some pics as well.
Want to read some more coverage from the weekend? Check out Idaho Lax Reporter’s write-up on the game or the official press release on the game from Simon Fraser.