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No. 22 Simon Fraser falls 11-4 to No. 2 Colorado State
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By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Southridge High School (Beaverton, OR)
Score: No. 22 Simon Fraser University 4, Colorado State University 11
Record: SFU (1-3, 0-0 PNCLL North), CSU (3-0, 0-0 RMLC)
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BEAVERTON, OR (February 25, 2012) – Down 4-2 at the half, No. 22 Simon Fraser would not be able to keep pace with Colorado State over the final 30:00 minutes falling to the No. 2 ranked Rams by a final score of 11-4. SFU was led by sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) – 2g and freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 1g, 1a, each with two points, while freshman attack Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) added the other SFU marker in what was a surprisingly low offensive output for the Clan. Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) made 19 saves in the loss, including 14 over the first 45:00 minutes of action to keep Fraser to within three at 7-4 until the dying seconds of the third quarter. The game was played neutral site in Beaverton, Oregon as part of the first annual Southridge Lacrosse Classic at Southridge High School and aired live as part the inaugural premium broadcast on Laxx.TV.
In what was a defensive battle throughout the first half, sophomore attach Sean Smith (Amherst, NY / Amherst HS) opened the scoring for Colorado State, followed by junior midfielder Greyson Konkel (Aurora, CO / Regis Jesuit HS) to give the Rams a 2-0 lead after 15:00 minutes. Junior midfielder Dustin Grybinas (Kirkwood, MO / Kirkwood HS) put CSU up 3-0 in the second quarter before Craig got the Clan on the board with his first of the game and Clare scored shorthanded to close the gap to within one at 3-2. Junior attack Austin Fisher (Highlands Ranch, CO / Rock Canyon HS) scored his first of a game-high three goals to round out the first half scoring and give the Rams at 4-2 lead heading into the break.
With rain beginning to fall heavily to start the second half, Colorado State would again strike first, scoring the first two tallies of the third quarter on goals by Grybinas and Fisher to go ahead 6-2. Keeping Fraser in the game, Ward converted a pass from Clare on the man-up to reset the score at 6-3. The storied out-of-conference rivals would then continue to trade goals, as junior midfield Tim Taggert (Highlands Ranch, CO / Mountain Vista HS) made it 7-3, before Craig scored his second of the game on a solo effort to put the Clan back to within three at 7-4. With time about to expire, senior midfield Matt Jui (Littleton, CO / Columbine HS) dodged through the Clan’s defence and beat Zwack with only 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock to swing the momentum back in the Rams favor heading down the stretch. The fourth quarter would be all Colorado State on the scoreboard as Simon Fraser struggled to find any rythym versus a smothering Ram defense. Fisher completed the hattrick, followed by Taggart and Jui both with their second of the game, to pull CSU away with the 11-4 victory.
Fraser will now have a day off to make the two-hour drive south to Corvallis, where they will face the Oregon State Beavers in a non-Divisional PNCLL Match-up on Sunday, February 26, while Colorado State will be back in action this afternoon (Saturday, February 25) when they square-off against No. 3 Chapman University in Day 2 of the Southridge Lacrosse Classic.
SIMON FRASER (1-3) 0-2-2-0/4
COLORADO STATE (3-0) 2-2-4-3/11
GOALS: SFU: Craig-2, Clare, Spencer. CSU: Fisher-3, Grybinas-2, Jui-2, Taggart-2, Konkel, Smith, .
ASSISTS: SFU: Clare. CSU: Carter, Fisher, Smith.
– Simon Fraser dressed a season-high 25 players. Sophomore Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary), Fraser’s third leading scorer in 2011, remained out of the Clan’s line-up due to injury.
– The 11-4 loss marked the Clan’s lowest offensive output since the 2005 season when they lost 14-3 to Cal Poly on March 12.
– Fraser has now lost two straight regular-season games to Colorado State since upsetting the Rams 12-11 in overtime in the 2010 MCLA Quarterfinals.
– SFU picked-up a season-low 26 ground balls. Zwack and sophomore LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) led the Clan with 4, while Clare and fellow midfielder, sophomore Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) each had 3.
– The Clan struggled to win possession off of face-offs throughout the match-up. Sophomore Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) finished 4 of 13 to go a career-low of 31% at the face-off X, while freshman Sam Clare went 2 for 4 (50%) in relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Colorado State: “Colorado State is an experienced team. They consistently did the little things a bit better than we did tonight and over the course of 60:00 minutes that proved to be the difference. The Rams defense really closed the door on us offensively, which despite playing them close, prevented us from keeping pace on the scoreboard.”
On Simon Fraser: “We once again proved that we can hang with the MCLA’s top teams for long stretches throughout the game but continue to need to work on our consistency and execution over a full 60:00 minutes. We have had some great games versus Colorado State over the past couple of seasons, so coming in to the weekend, this was a match-up that we were excited about and felt that we could give ourselves a chance to win if we could keep our play at a high level. While we didn’t get the result that we wanted, we continue to challenge our young group with some tough match-ups that we feel will help expedite our growth and ultimately prepare us to hopefully face some of these teams again at the end of our 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.
And Colorado State’s…
Rams Defense Smothers Simon Fraser for 11-4 Victory
Beaverton, OR – In their MCLA Division I opener, the #2 Colorado State Rams traveled to Portland, OR to meet up with #22 Simon Fraser in the first annual Southridge Lacrosse Classic at Southridge High School. The Rams scored first and never trailed in the game, taking a 4-2 lead into the halftime break before outpacing SFU 7-2 in the second half for an 11-4 victory. Junior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) led the way for CSU with three goals and an assist and sparked an offensive outburst that seemed to coincide with the increasingly rainy conditions as the game wore on Friday afternoon.
Leading 4-2 at halftime, Colorado State scored four goals in a decisive third quarter, including a huge momentum swinger by senior midfielder Matt Jui (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) with .1 seconds remaining on the clock. The Rams then closed the game out with three goals in the final quarter to win going away and get their second straight victory over Simon Fraser following 2010’s heartbreaking quarterfinal loss at the MCLA national tournament. The story of the game was CSU’s terrific defensive effort, holding the dangerous and crafty Canadian squad to minimal scoring opportunities.
While Fisher got the lion’s share of the points for the attackmen, CSU got a major production from a midfield group that saw three players score two goals each. Jui joined juniors Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Dustin Grybinas (Kirkwood HS / Kirkwood, MO) in the two-goal parade as the Rams found success dodging from up top against Simon Fraser’s defense.
CSU struck first on a smooth feed and finish from Fisher to sophomore Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) and added a second goal when Greyson Konkel (Regis Jesuit HS / Aurora, CO) beat the Simon Fraser defense for an isolation goal. The Rams continued to put on the offensive pressure in the second quarter, getting tallies from Grybinas and Fisher to stake out to their 4-2 lead.
Junior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) continued his strong play at the face-off ‘x’ by winning 10 of 15 draws, pushing his season totals to an impressive 78%. The Rams won most statistical categories in the game, outshooting SFU 42-24 and picking up 38 groundballs to the Clan’s 29. Both teams cleared the ball well on the wet turf. Simon Fraser cashed in on one of four man-ups while CSU was held scoreless on all five of their attempts.
Next up for CSU (3-0 overall) is a clash with the #3 Chapman Panthers on Saturday afternoon, again at Southridge HS. Chapman defeated the University of Oregon 10-7 on Friday night. The game between CSU and Chapman will again be aired live on www.laxx.tv and will be a rematch of CSU’s exciting 11-9 victory last season in Fort Collins.