Simon Fraser outguns No. 19 Loyola Marymount 10-9
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
Score: Simon Fraser University 10, #19 Loyola Marymount University 9
Record: SFU (4-6, 0-0 PNCLL North), LMU (6-4, 1-0 SLC)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:00pm PST – vs. University of Idaho – Burnaby, BC (SFU – Terry Fox Field)
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 30, 2012) – Simon Fraser bounced back from a narrow 13-11 loss to No. 5 Chapman with a 10-9 victory over No. 19 Loyola Marymount on Sunday, March 25 to post their second Top 25 win of the season and go 1-1 on their out-of-conference trip through southern California. Freshman standout Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) scored his second straight hat trick to lead the Clan with three goals, including the game winner, while junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) also contributed 3 points in the win with 2 goals and 1 assist.
Clare opened the scoring, unassisted, before a great effort by sophomore midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michael’s College School) found junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) in front of the LMU net to put the Clan up 2-0 after 15:00 minutes. Simon Fraser would continue their run into the second quarter as Ransom scored his first of the game off a feed from freshman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) on a Clan man-up to extend the SFU lead to three. Loyola Marymount would finally get on the board with back-to-back goals from sophomore Colby Rhodes (La Jolla, CA / Bishops HS) and fellow attack, senior Chase Parlett (Rancho Bernardo, CA / Rancho Bernardo HS) to bring the Lions back to within one at 3-2. Sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) would then round out the first half scoring to put the Clan ahead by two at 4-2 heading into the intermission.
Loyola Marymount would strike first out of the break as Rhodes scored his second of a game-high 5 goals to close the gap back to one at 4-3. Ransom’s second would put the Clan back up by two at 5-3 before Rhodes continued to put the Lions on his back with three consecutive goals to tie the game at 5-5 and then give LMU their first lead of the game at 6-5. Clare would score his second to close out the third quarter and knot the two teams back to even at 6-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
With rain beginning to fall heavily the two teams would prepare to battle it out over the final period. LMU continued to seize the momentum as another goal by Colby Rhodes sparked a two-goal run to put the Lions up by two at 8-6. An opportune time-out would begin to shift the tides back in the Clan’s favor as match-up adjustments began to stall the surging Lions offence while the Clan began to chip away with goals by Ransom, freshman Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) and Craig to reclaim the lead at 9-8. LMU was not prepared to roll over as they quickly answered back with a marker of their own to re-tie the game at 9-9 with around 3:00 minutes remaining. Sensing another Top 25 upset within their grasps, Clare would convert a Calvin Craig pass with just over 2:00 minutes left to seal the deal and send the Clan home with a hard fought 10-9 victory.
In the latest Nike / Inside Lacrosse (ESPN Affiliate) Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, March 27, Fraser was able to move back into the Top 25 at No. 24 with the win, while despite the loss, the Lions were able to hold strong at No. 19.
SIMON FRASER (4-6) 2-2-2-4/10
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (6-4) 0-2-4-3/9
GOALS: SFU: Clare-3, Dow-2, Vickars-2, Craig, Hayes, Ransom. LMU: Rhodes-5, Parlett-2, Gibreath, Pinkston.
ASSISTS: SFU: Craig-2, Ransom-2, Farrell, Spencer. LMU: None recorded.
– Simon Fraser continued to dress a season-low roster of 22, with 4 players remaining out of the Clan line-up due to injuries: junior defender Sam Biagioni (Surrey, BC / Fraser Height Secondary), attack Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) and fellow sophomores Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School).
– Clare continued a standout freshman campaign with his fourth hat trick of the season and third versus a Top 20 opponent after previously posting 3-goal games against current No. 4 Brigham Young, No. 9 Oregon and Florida.
– SFU picked up 43 ground balls. Clare and freshman defender Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) both led the Clan with 6, while LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) had 5 and fellow sophomore, Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) chipped in with 4.
– With starting face-off specialist Max Weselowski remaining out of the Clan line-up due to injury, Fraser had one of their stronger games at the face-off x winning 67% of the draws. Clare shouldered the majority of the workload going 10 for 15 (67%), while freshman James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) was strong in relief, finishing 2 for 3 (67%).
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Loyola Marymount: “Loyola Marymount is a good team, who has some dangerous weapons up front. Their defense did a good job of keeping the game close when it looked like we had the majority of play in the first half and when the Lions offense began to find a bit of a rhythm in the third and fourth quarters it really turned into a battle down the stretch.”
On Simon Fraser: “Despite once again being the underdog on paper, we have really raised the overall level of expectation that we have of ourselves as a team, to the point where no one on our sideline was going to be satisfied with anything less than a win against another ranked opponent. With a 4-2 lead at the intermission, our play was beginning to get a little complacent in the second half but when the rain started to pick-up and we called a time-out with the score at 8-6 [in LMU’s favor], we really put forth a determined effort the rest of the way and played with the killer instinct that we have been trying to develop all season.”
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.