Editor’s Note: This weekend featured three great lacrosse games in Boise with Boise State hosting Brigham Young and Simon Fraser in contests between the three squads. LAS had the pleasure to attend all three games and see them first-hand. Here are two press releases from the game between BYU and SFU on Saturday afternoon. First is SFU’s, BYU’s is to follow. It’s great to see the steps all three of these programs are making to really show the level of their commitment in all aspects. Keep up the great work!
No. 18 Simon Fraser edged 14-10 by No. 1 Brigham Young
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations – Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Bronco Stadium, Boise State University (Boise, ID)
Score: No. 18 Simon Fraser University 10, No. 1 Brigham Young 14
Record: SFU (1-1, 0-0 PNCLL), BYU (3-0, 0-0 RMLC)
Next SFU Game: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2:00pm MST – vs. Boise State University – Boise, Idaho (Bronco Stadium) [Editor's note: We'll have a write-up on this in the next couple hours with all the pictures we took!]
BOISE, ID (February 12, 2012) – Despite playing the defending MCLA National Champions close over 60:00 minutes, No. 18 Simon Fraser would fall short of the upset, edged 14-10 by No. 1 Brigham Young. Sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) once again led the Clan with 2 goals and 2 assists, while freshman Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) continued his strong play with his second 3-point outing in as many games, contributing 2 goals and an assist from the midfield. Junior Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) also had a 3-point afternoon with 2 goals and an assist, while fellow attack, freshman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) registered the first multi-point effort of his young collegiate career with 2 goals. The hard fought contest was played neutral site at Boise State University, on the blue turf inside Bronco Stadium.
A young Clan squad would fight off any signs of intimidation, racing out to an early 2-0 lead on the senior-laden Cougars, as Clare scored his first of the game in transition, before Craig fed Dow across crease to put Fraser up by two. With both sides showing mid-season form from the start, BYU would be quick to answer back, tying the game on goals by Patrick Matheson (Holliday, UT / Olympus HS) and Andrew Harding (Bethesda, MD / Walt Whitman HS), before Neil Wallace (Eagle, ID / Notre Dame de Namur University) gave BYU their first lead at 3-2. In what was quickly becoming a back-and-forth contest, Spencer would score consecutively on passes from Craig, then Dow to put SFU back up on top at 4-3, until BYU’s Ted Ferrin (Holladay, UT / Olympus HS) finished a short-handed fast break to knot the two teams at 4-4 after an action packed opening 15:00 minutes.
In the second quarter, Ted Ferrin would score his second of the game, followed by Harding on the man-up to put the Cougars up by two at 6-4. Clare would then close the gap to one at 6-5, before Corey Gunderson (Sandy, UT / Jordan HS) re-gave BYU a two-goal lead for a halftime advantage of 7-5.
The intensity would carry over out of the break, as Clare assisted on Dow’s second of the game, followed by a solo effort from Craig to tie the game back up at 7-7. Matheson would re-claim the Cougar lead at 8-7, until sophomore midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michael’s College School) broke free on the drive and put a bounce shot past the BYU keeper to bring the teams back to even at 8-8. Matheson once again kick-started the BYU offence at 9-8, followed by Andrew Bertha (Encinitas, CA / La Costa Canyon HS) capitalizing on an unsettled play and re-extending the Cougar lead to two as the Clan were forced to play shorthanded due to a broken stick. Matheson would cap a 4-1 BYU run to end the third quarter, completing the natural hatrick and scoring his fourth of the game to put the Cougars ahead 11-8 heading into the final frame.
With less than 15:00 minutes to play, Jared Houghton ripped an outside shot to give BYU their largest lead of the game at 12-8. Refusing to go away, sophomore midfielder Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) got inside on the Cougar defense to make it 12-9 and narrow the SFU deficit to three with just over 8:00 minutes left on the clock. Continuing to trade chances, Wallace and Grayson Dahl (McLean, VA / McLean HS) converted two more for BYU in transition, before Cougar penalties with under 4:00 minutes remaining put the game back to within reach by giving the Clan a man advantage. Craig scored once more for Fraser on the man-up but the Clan would be unable to get any closer as the BYU would run out the clock the rest of the way to earn the 14-10 win.
Both goalies had strong games with Wes Goar (Lakewood, CO / Heritage HS) making several big saves in the second half to preserve the BYU lead. SFU keeper Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) also kept the game close at critical points throughout the contest, making 15 saves over four quarters.
Simon Fraser will regroup overnight and look to get back in the winning column as they take on the host Boise State Broncos tomorrow afternoon in a non-Divisional PNCLL match-up back inside Bronco Stadium.
SIMON FRASER (1-1) 4-1-3-2/10
BRIGHAM YOUNG (3-0) 4-3-4-3/14
GOALS: SFU: Craig-2, Clare-2, Dow-2, Spencer-2, Farrell, Newton. BYU (Unofficial): Matheson-4, T. Ferrin-2, Gunderson-2, Harding-2, Wallace-2, Bertha, Houghton.
ASSISTS: SFU: Craig-2, Clare, Dow. BYU (Unofficial): Dahl-2, J. Ferrin, T. Ferrin, Harding, Shumway.
– Sophomore Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) and freshman Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin, HS) remained out of the Clan’s lineup, with 24 players dressed for today’s game.
– SFU picked-up 36 ground balls. Goaltender Darren Zwack was active out of his crease, leading the Clan with 9, while sophomore LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) was second on the team with 7. Clare and sophomore face-off specialist Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) picked up 5 and 4 ground balls respectively.
– The Clan and Cougars matched-up fairly evenly at the face-off X with SFU holding a narrow three draw advantage. Freshman Max Weselowski took the majority of the Fraser draws finishing 11 of 22 (50%), while freshman Sam Clare went 4 of 5 (80%).
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Brigham Young: “The Cougars are the defending champs for a reason and their experience gave them enough of an advantage during certain points in the game to make a difference. They are extremely well coached and play with a lot of maturity. With almost their entire roster returning from last season, we knew that was going to be another very good BYU team and we always enjoy the match-up.”
On Simon Fraser: “We have had today’s date circled on the calendar since the fall. As much as we knew that it would be a good measuring stick, we really came in with the mindset that we wanted to win this game and I thought that we showed that we were capable of that. Even though it was disappointing to fall short, we can take a lot of pride in the way we played and competed for a full 60:00 minutes. Our goal is always to keep getting better each game and we are confident that today’s experience will be another step forward as we continue to raise the bar throughout the season.”
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse will compete 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.
Casey Foster (SFU Lacrosse 15′) Marketing and Communications assistant
12 February 2012 – BYU Holds Off Simon Fraser
BOISE, Idaho — In a tight game on Saturday, the BYU Men’s Lacrosse team was able to pull ahead and beat Simon Fraser University 14-10 in Boise, Idaho.
Barely five minutes into the game, Simon Fraser (1-2) was up two goals to none. BYU (3-0) answered by scoring three goals, which was quickly matched by Simon Fraser. Both teams were determined to maintain the lead, with a score of 4-4 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter showed more scoring from the teams, as well as a number of penalties on both sides. The score at the half had BYU up 7-5.
BYU was a man down heading into the third quarter as a result of a non-releasable penalty that had been called near the end of the first half. Simon Fraser was able to get two goals past BYU sophomore goalie Wes Goar to tie the game before senior Pat Matheson responded bringing the score to 8-7.
The score was then tied up at 8, but BYU was able to pull away and score three unanswered goals ending the third quarter with a score of 11-8.
The fourth quarter saw more penalties on either side, resulting in BYU playing three men down at one point. Despite this, the Cougars came away with the win and a final score of 14-10.
“Simon Fraser was well-prepared for us,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “I was very pleased with how we played, and I thought the guys showed a lot of energy and did a fantastic job.”
Simon Fraser Head Coach Brent Hoskins said he was pleased with the opportunity to play BYU.
“We knew today was going to be a great test to see where we are at this point in the season,” Hoskins said. “It’s always our objective each year to put together a tough strength of schedule so hopefully we can continue to make strides forward throughout the season.”
BYU played three games in three days, and they will have a short break from traveling before heading out west to California on Wednesday to play three more games.
“Rest is going to be important, we need to take care of injuries with some of the players and we have a few strategy things we need to work on to prepare for tough games in California,” Schneck said.
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with over 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse.