FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
(Photo Credit: Joyce Simons)
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Simon Fraser University – Terry Fox Field (Burnaby, BC)
Score: #20 Simon Fraser University 23, University of Washington 17
Record: SFU (7-6, 2-0 PNCLL North), UW (2-9, 0-1 PNCLL North)
Next SFU Game: Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:00pm MST – vs. University of Montana – Missoula, MT (UM – Washington Grizzly Stadium)
BURNABY, BC (April 19, 2012) – No. 20 Simon Fraser extended their winning streak to four games and posted their sixth win over their last seven contests as they downed Washington 23-17 in their final home game on Saturday, April 14 and moved to 2-0 atop the PNCLL North Division. The Clan would overcome 23:00 minutes in penalties, including 16:30 in the second half, to lead the Huskies by as many as nine in the fourth quarter, despite giving up 9 goals to the UW extra man unit. Fraser was led by Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) – 6g, 3a, Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) – 6g, 2a and Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 6g, who each recorded impressive six goal outings in the win, while junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) registered 6 points with a goal and a game-high 5 assists.
Dow got in on the scoring early as he contributed to four of the Clan’s six, first quarter goals. He assisted the opening marker by freshman attack Iain Vickars, followed by a solo effort from Sam Clare and then fed freshman midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) to put Simon Fraser up 3-0 to start the contest. Washington freshman midfielder Brody Lundquist (Maple Valley, WA / Tahoma HS) would get the Huskies on the board at 3-1, before Dow scored himself, off a pass from Vickars, and then found sophomore midfielder Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) open in the hole to give the Clan a four-goal lead at 5-1. Lundquist would once again provide the only answer for UW, as Washington closed the gap to 5-2, before Clare scored his second of the contest to put an exclamation mark on a strong opening quarter for the Clan and give SFU a 6-2 lead after 15:00 minutes.
Fraser would continue to dominate the scoring in the second frame, going on a three-goal run started off by a goal from junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS), before Craig and Vickars each capitalized on the man-up, the result of a 3:00 minute non-releasable stick infraction, to extend the Clan lead to seven at 9-2. Washington would begin to take back some of the momentum, going on a three-goal run of their own on goals by Joe Cramer (Lake Oswego, OR / Lake Oswego HS), Eliot Adams (Portland, OR / Jesuit HS) and Riley Goodman (Issaquah, WA / Issaquah HS) to reset the deficit to four at 9-5, before a 5-1 SFU run to end the first half gave Simon Fraser a commanding 14-6 lead at the intermission.
The divisional rivals would trade goals to start the second half, as Washington’s Goodman assisted junior attackman Josh Redhair (Danville, CA / San Ramon Valley HS) on the man-up, followed by SFU’s Vickars with an assist by Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) at even strength to move the score to 15-7. Junior midfielder Chris Brown would counter back for the Huskies at 15-8, only to be answered by Clare on a pass from Craig to reset the score to 16-8 after some back-and-forth action. Penalties would begin to pile up, as Washington scored back-to-back goals with the man-advantage to narrow the score to 16-10, followed by a Clan goal on the man-up to push the score to 17-10. The two sides would continue to trade goals the rest of the third quarter, with each team scoring twice more to reset the score to 18-12 and give Fraser a six goal lead heading into the final frame.
SFU would continue their run into the fourth quarter, scoring consecutively on goals by Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) and Sam Clare to extend their lead to eight and open the door for junior goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) to take over the Clan net and relieve starter Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan High School) after a fourteen save performance with just under 9:00 minutes left to play. Penalties would continue to overshadow the match-up, as special teams did the majority of the work the rest of the way with Washington leading a 5-2 run to end the game. All five of the Huskies fourth quarter goals would be scored on the man-up, while the Clan would add one on the man-up and another goal shorthanded to solidify the 23-17 win.
The PNCLL play-off picture will continue to take shape over the next couple of weeks as Washington still has two PNCLL North divisional games remaining when they play Montana on April 21 and Idaho on April 28. Simon Fraser will have a bye week before looking to clinch their fifth straight regular season divisional title when they visit Montana on April 27.
SIMON FRASER (7-6) 6-8-5-4/23
WASHINGTON (2-9) 2-4-6-5/17
GOALS: SFU: Clare-6, Craig-6, Vickars-6, Dow, Hayes, Newton, Ransom, Spencer. UW: Brown-4, Cramer-3, Goodman-3, Redhair-3, Adams-2, Lundquist-2.
ASSISTS: SFU: Dow-5, Craig-3, Spencer-2, Vickars-2, Davalos, Wanzer. UW: Lundquist-3, Redhair-2, Adams, Brown, Goodman.
- Simon Fraser once again dressed a roster of 23 with all players registering minutes. Junior defender Sam Biagioni (Surrey, BC / Fraser Height Secondary), and sophomores: attack Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) and midfielder Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) remained sidelined due to injury.
- Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack made his 10th consecutive start and 11th start of the season, making 14 saves with 12 goals against for a .539 save percentage over the opening 51:01. Junior Kyle Middleton played the final 8:59 making 6 saves, with 5 goals against for a save percentage of .545 despite playing the majority of his time in the Clan net short handed.
- Freshman attack Iain Vickars registered a new career high for both points (8) and goals (6) in a game, while tying a career high for assists (2).
- Freshman midfielder Sam Clare also set a new personal best for both single-game points (6) and goals (6), improving his points-per-game average to 2.538 to currently lead all Clan freshman and sit third overall in team scoring.
- SFU picked up 28 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Sam Clare led the Clan with 7, while midfielder Frank Davalos picked up 6 and fellow sophomore, LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) chipped in with 5.
- Despite the Clan maintaining a comfortable lead for the majority of the game, Washington held a slight advantage at the face-off x, winning 54% of the draws. Clare continued to carry the majority of the workload going 12 of 24 (50%), while fellow freshmen James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) and Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary) finished 6 of 14 (43%) and 0 for 1 respectively, in relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Washington: “Washington did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities. We felt comfortable with how we played the Huskies at even strength but definitely had a difficult time trying to limit their opportunities with the man-advantage and the UW extra-man unit did a great job of making us pay and narrowing the score as a result. Washington has some very talented players and should be a play-off team if they are able to continue to play up to their potential.”
On Simon Fraser: “This was a frustrating game for us. We were really happy with how we were able to take control at the start of the match-up and really dictate the pace of the game offensively but then really struggled in the second half to adjust to the whistles and the way that the game was being called by the officials. Ultimately the responsibility has to be on our shoulders to play within the interpretation of the rulebook and not allow certain calls to take us away from our game plan and execution. We are confident that as a group, we will be able to take another step forward from this result and are excited to continue to improve our play at the right time of the year.”
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse is competing in its seventeenth season in 2012 and is a Division I member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Clan have captured a record eight PNCLL Conference Titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2009) and rank sixth all-time with ten MCLA National Championship tournament appearances, placing 2nd in 1999 and playing in the 2010 MCLA Semi-Finals after reaching the Quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009. The Clan proudly wear equipment and apparel by Harrow Sports and Cascade helmets.