FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: IMA #3, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Score: Simon Fraser University 15, University of Florida 9
Record: SFU (2-5, 0-0 PNCLL North), UF (3-3, 1-0 SELC SE)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 5:00pm PST – vs. University of Illinois – Salem, OR (Salem Academy)
SEATTLE, WA (March 5, 2012) – Playing their second game in as many days, Simon Fraser would fend off any signs of fatigue versus Florida, leading for most of the contest before pouring it on in the fourth quarter to claim a 15-9 victory. Junior Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) led the Clan with a season-high 6 points on 5 goals and 1 assist, while fellow attackman Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) chipped-in with 3 goals and 2 assists to extend his team-leading point total to 29 on the season. Seven different players recorded multi-point efforts for SFU, including freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) who continued his strong play with 2 goals and 1 assist. Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, Alberta / Archbishop Jordan High School) also had an outstanding game making 21 saves and posting a .700 save percentage for the win. The out-of-conference match-up was played neutral site at University of Washington.
Clare opened the scoring early in the first quarter to put SFU up 1-0 before Florida midfielder Justin Lucas (Jacksonville, FL / Nease High School) scored consecutively to give the Gators their only lead of the contest at 2-1. Craig scored his first of the game short-handed to tie the game back up at 2-2 before Dow continued to find his scoring touch on a pass from midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey High School) to give the Clan a 3-2 lead after 15:00 minutes.
Heading into the second quarter, Craig and Dow would connect to put Fraser ahead 4-2. Justin Lucas would then continue to have the hot hand for Florida, putting the Gators on his back to close the gap to 4-3 before scoring his fourth of the game, following a marker by Clan midfielder Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate), to keep UF down by one at 5-4. Florida attackman William Buch (Orlando, FL / Boone High School) would close out the first half scoring to bring the two teams back to even and knot the score at 5-5 heading into the break.
Fraser would get back out in front following the intermission, with Ransom reclaiming the Clan lead at 6-5. Gator midfielder Tyler Letson (Winter Springs, FL / Winter Springs High School) would then tie the game at 6-6, until goals by Dow on the man-up and an even strength tally by freshman attack Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) put SFU out in front the rest of the way at 8-6. Despite the deficit, Florida would briefly regain some momentum to end the third quarter, killing off a 3:00 minute non-releasable stick penalty, followed by a goal from UF attackman CJ Casselli (Tampa, FL / H.B. Plant) with a 2-man advantage to close the gap to one down the stretch.
The fourth quarter would be all SFU, as the Clan took their largest lead of the day at 10-7 on goals from Craig and Dow. Buch would score his second of the contest to pull the Gators back to within two, before a shorthanded goal from Fraser defender Mitch Frank (Burnaby, BC / St. Thomas More Collegiate) kick started a 5-goal SFU run to extend the Clan lead and reset the score to 15-8. Florida would score once more before time expired but a 7-2 fourth quarter would put an exclamation mark on what saw the Clan outscore the Gators 10-4 over the final two periods on route to the 15-9 win.
The victory marks SFU’s first out-of-conference win of 2012 after previously dropping games to current No. 1 Colorado State (11-4) and No. 3 Brigham Young (14-10) to open the season. The Clan will now have a bye week before facing their fourth out-of-conference and fifth ranked opponent of the season when they square off versus No. 17 Illinois in another neutral site contest to be played at Salem Academy in Salem, Oregon on March 17.
After starting their trip to the Pacific Northwest with a win over Washington (10-7) on March 2, Florida will now have two days off as they continue south to wrap up their trip with a game against Oregon in Eugene on March 7.
SIMON FRASER (2-5) 3-2-3-7/15
FLORIDA (3-3) 2-3-2-2/9
GOALS: SFU: Dow-5, Craig-3, Clare-2, Davalos, Frank, Hayes, Ransom, Vickars. UF: J. Lucas-4, Buch-2, Casselli, Letson, Pellarin.
ASSISTS: SFU: Craig-2, Spencer-2, Clare, Davalos, Dow, Hayes, Ransom. UF: J. Lucas.
– Simon Fraser once again dressed 25 players, with all 23 runners registering minutes. Sophomore Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) remained out of the Clan’s line-up due to injury.
– Junior defender Mitch Frank registered the first point of his collegiate career with a shorthanded goal in the fourth quarter.
– Fraser continued to be a threat short-handed scoring twice more on the man-down to bring their season total to 6 over 7 games.
– SFU recorded 48 ground balls. Sophomore face-off specialist Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) led the Clan with a season-high of 11, while Davalos and Zwack picked-up 7 and 6 ground balls respectively.
– Weselowski controlled the face-off X for most of the game, finishing 15 for 21 (71%). Clare went 50% in relief winning 1 of 2 draws taken, while freshman James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) went 0 for 1.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Florida: “Florida is a talented team and really forced us to be on our game coming off an emotionally tough game versus Oregon yesterday. Their roster is very capable top to bottom and they played a strong team game over 60:00 minutes. Thanks Coach Winters for making the trip to the Pacific Northwest and we wish the Gators the best of luck with the rest of their season.”
On Simon Fraser: “We continued to fight through some consistency issues over stretches of today’s game but finally got our intensity and execution to where it needs to be down the stretch. We have played some very good lacrosse this season but haven’t been able to sustain the high level that we need to against the top teams. Florida is a very respectable opponent and we hope to keep building on what was a hard fought win to continue to set the tone through the bulk 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.