No. 23 Simon Fraser ropes Longhorns, upends No. 17 Texas 13-7
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By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego, OR)
Score: #23 Simon Fraser University 13, #17 University of Texas 7
Record: SFU (6-6, 1-0 PNCLL North), UT (4-4, 2-0 LSA)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:00pm PST – vs. University of Washington – Burnaby, BC (SFU – Terry Fox Field)
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (April 8, 2012) – Looking to improve to 5-1 over their last six games, No. 23 Simon Fraser posted their fourth out-of-conference victory of 2012 with a 13-7 win over No. 17 Texas. The Clan were powered by four goal efforts from attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods) – 4g, 1a and Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary), while fellow attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) chipped in with 2 goals, 2 assists and midfielder Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) contributed 3 assists in what was the Clan’s highest offensive output versus a ranked opponent this year. Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) made his tenth start of the season, backstopping the Clan with 22 saves and a .757 save percentage for the win.
Dow opened the scoring early in the contest before a series of Clan turnovers resulted in a 2-goal Texas run, as junior Trevor Howard (Phoenix, AZ / Brophy Prep) and fellow midfielder Josh Francis (Dallas, TX / Highland Park HS) gave the Longhorns their only lead of afternoon at 2-1. A Fraser timeout, sparked three consecutive SFU goals with Dow scoring his second of the game to make it 2-2, followed by Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) and fellow midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) to reclaim the Clan lead a 4-2. The Longhorns would score once more to close out the period with Nick Compogiannis (San Diego, CA / La Costa Canyon HS) bringing Texas back to within one at 4-3 heading into the second quarter.
Texas attackman Cody Crews (Highland Park, TX / Highland Park HS) would tie the game shorthanded to reset the score to 4-4 to start the second frame, before another opportune Clan timeout saw SFU answer back on a man down of their own as Craig registered his first goal of the game to put Fraser back out in front at 5-4. Freshman Iain Vickars scored the final goal of the half to give the Clan a 6-4 lead after 30:00 minutes.
Vickars would continue to have the hot hand out of the break as the first-year attackman scored three of the Clan’s next four goals that would be part of an 8-1 SFU run over the middle two frames to give Fraser a commanding 12-5 lead down the stretch. Up by 7 to start the fourth quarter, the Clan would surrender the first two goals of the final period, until Dow completed the scoring midway through the frame to solidify the 13-7 win.
Simon Fraser will now prepare for two important divisional games remaining on their schedule as they host Washington at Terry Fox Field on Saturday, April 14 before travelling to Missoula to play Montana on Friday, April 27 inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Texas has three games remaining with Texas Christian on April 12, followed by divisional match-ups versus Rice (April 13) and Texas A&M (April 15).
SIMON FRASER (5-6) 4-2-6-1/13
Texas (4-3) 3-1-1-2/7
GOALS: SFU: Dow-4, Vickars-4, Craig-2, Clare, Foster, Ransom. UT (Unofficial): Jones-2, Compogiannnis, Crews, Francis, Howard, Jenkins.
ASSISTS: SFU: Davalos-3, Craig-2, Clare, Dow, Farrell, Foster, Wanzer. UT (Unofficial): Francis-2, Howard.
– Simon Fraser dressed 22 players with sophomore captain Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) returning from injury. 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.
– Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack achieved a new personal best for saves in a game with 22, improving his save percentage to .600 on the season.
– With his 4 goals, freshman attack Iain Vickars tied a career high for single-game points and set a new personal mark for goals in a game.
– Sophomore midfielder Frank Davalos registered his second-straight 3-point game, tying his personal best for points in a game and setting a new individual high for assists.
– Freshman midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier HS) recorded the first multi-point game of his collegiate career as his goal and an assist capped off a 6-1 SFU run during a decisive third quarter for the Clan.
– SFU picked up 51 ground balls. LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) led the Clan with 7, while fellow sophomore, midfielder Frank Davalos and freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) each picked-up 6.
– Despite than Clan being up on the scoreboard for the majority of the game, Texas held a slight advantage at the face-off x, winning 54% of the draws. Clare continued to carry the majority of the workload going 7 of 17 (41%), while fellow freshman James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) finished a respectable 4 of 7 (57%) in relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Texas: “Texas competed hard and played us close in the first and fourth quarters but we were able to earn the win by pulling away in the third. Overall they are a good defensive team and have a great goaltender so it was key for us to keep them on their toes and try to prevent them from settling in on the defensive end if we wanted to let our sticks go to work and put up some goals.”
On Simon Fraser: “We have been working hard to maintain our execution over four quarters with a real focus on limiting our mistakes, while taking advantage of any mistakes made by our opponent. Today we were really happy with how our athletes managed the game and ultimately capitalized on our opportunities. While it is nice to climb out of a 1-5 hole to start the year, we have made it a constant theme that our most important games are the ones still remaining on our schedule and that we must continue to take steps forward if we want to peak at the right time.”
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.