Simon Fraser traveled to Belmont, CA to take on NCAA Division II foe Notre Dame de Namur University in fall ball action. The Clansmen ended up losing the scrimmage by an unofficial score of 11-8, but certainly showed some promise of what is to come against this rising NCAA D2 program. Simon Fraser was led by two underclassmen in the scoring department, as both Ward Spencer (4g, 0a) and Cory Koesdibyo (1g, 3a) had 4 points on the day.
It’s great to see a team like SFU travel down to Cali to play an out-of-league opponent like NDNU. It gives us endless fodder for inter-league comparisons, but more importantly, it sounds like it resulted in a fantastic lacrosse game. Both teams subbed liberally and a lot of players got burn for both teams. This is what fall ball is all about! Good competition, playing everyone, and putting in work!
Full Press Release is below.
BELMONT, CA (October 8, 2011) – Simon Fraser opened up their 2011 Fall scrimmage schedule with a game against NCAA Div. II opponent Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, CA on Saturday, October 8. Playing a modified clock of four 20-minute quarters, running time, the Argos edged the Clan by an unofficial score of 11-8. Freshman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) 4g, and sophomore Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) 1g, 3a, led SFU with 4 points each, while fellow attack Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) added 2 goals in the exhibition loss.
With both teams showing some early season rust to start the contest, the Argos would open the scoring with an open look on the door step to take a 1-0 lead. Koesdibyo converted a pass from fellow sophomore Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) to tie the game at 1-1 before NDNU scored their second of the game to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
After back and forth play for most of the first frame, the Argos would control the pace in the second quarter as turnovers and defensive breakdowns began to put the Clan back on their heels. NDNU scored consecutively to increase their lead to 4-1, until Davalos scored his first of the game on a pass from Koesdibyo to reset the score to 4-2. The Argos would continue to roll, scoring twice more to round out the first half scoring and take a 6-2 lead into the break.
A renewed Clan would start the second half with much better focus, as Ward scored back-to-back out of the gate to close the gap to 6-4. In what was a fast paced match-up from start to finish, the Argos would respond with two goals of their own to extend their lead back to four at 8-4 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was highlighted by increased execution from both teams as the two sides traded goals for the remaining time on the clock. Clan midfielder Eric Ransom scored on a nice drive to make it 8-5. NDNU then made it 9-5 before Spencer completed the second-half hat trick on a man-up goal at 9-6. The Argos once again responded at 10-6 with Fraser going on a 2-1 run to end the contest for a final score of 11-8.
Evenly matched for most of the game, a 4-1 second quarter by NDNU proved to be the difference in a contest where both teams showcased their early season depth by rotating in almost their entire line-up. Down 6-2 at the half, SFU responded with six goals in the third and fourth quarter to outscore the Argos by one over the final forty minutes.
Three of the four goaltenders currently on Simon Fraser’s roster saw time between the pipes on the day. Junior Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) started the game, making 7 saves with 6 goals against for a .538 save percentage in the first half. Freshman Alex Lemmon entered the game at halftime, making 4 saves with 2 goals against (.667), while sophomore Darren Zwack played the entire fourth quarter making 3 saves with 3 goals against (.500).
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SIMON FRASER 1-1-2-4/8
NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR 2-4-2-3/11
GOALS: SFU: Spencer-4, Davalos-2, Koesdibyo, Ransom. NDNU: Unavailable.
ASSISTS: SFU: Koesdibyo-3, Newton. NDNU: Unavailable
– Fraser dressed twenty-five (25) players including nine (14) freshmen, five (5) sophomores, six (6) juniors and no seniors.
– SFU picked-up 29 ground balls. Sophomores Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) and Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) led the way for the Clan with 7 each, while junior goaltender Kyle Middleton registered 3 ground balls in two quarters of action.
– Weselowski went 63% at the face-off ‘X’ for SFU finishing 10 of 16, while sophomore Tommy Newton 2/2 and freshmen Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) 3/4 and Kurt Pohs (Olympia, WA / Stadium HS) 0/1 were strong in relief going 71% (5 of 7) collectively.