Simon Fraser starts strong, fades 20-13 to No. 6 Oregon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Terry Fox Field, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Score: Simon Fraser University 13, University of Oregon 20
Record: SFU (1-5, 0-0 PNCLL North), UO (3-2, 0-0 PNCLL South)
Next SFU Game: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:00pm PST – vs. University of Florida – Seattle, WA (University of Washington IMA #3)
BURNABY, BC (March 3, 2012) – With first half leads of 5-2 and 8-6, Simon Fraser would be unable to maintain the early momentum for a full 60:00 minutes, falling 20-13 to the visiting Oregon Ducks. Trailing 10-8 at halftime, SFU would tie the game at 10-10 out of the break, before 7:00 minutes in Clan third quarter penalties fueled a seven-goal UO run to put the game out of reach despite the two teams matching each other goal for goal over the final frame. Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) continued to lead Fraser in scoring with 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists, while freshmen Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) and Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin High School) each registered hat tricks with three-goal efforts in the loss.
SFU freshman Sam Clare runs past the Oregon double team and scores short-handed to give the Clan their second lead of the first half up 7-6 over the Ducks.
Chris Osip (Henderson, NV / Coronado High School) opened the scoring to put the Ducks up 1-0, until junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey High School) tied the game at 1-1, followed by Clare on the man-up to give SFU their first of three first-half leads at 2-1. Oregon freshman Michael Hoch (Lake Oswego, OR / Lakeridge High School) pulled the teams back to even at 2-2. An aggressive ride then began to build the Clan some momentum as Calvin Craig went to work, feeding Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) off of a caused turnover to put SFU back on top at 3-2, before scoring himself on the man-up and assisting on Clare’s second of the game to push the Clan ahead by three at 5-2. The high intensity first quarter would see UO score twice more to end the frame, as goals by Osip and Sean Silverstein (Lake Oswego, OR / Lake Oswego High School) saw the Ducks down 5-4 after 15:00 minutes.
Oregon continued their string of unanswered goals to start the second quarter as Jeff Garrett (Lake Oswego, OR / Lakeridge High School) and Kyungjeen Paik (Portland, OR / Sunset High School) scored back to back to give the Ducks their first lead since the games’ opening marker at 6-5. A 1:00 minute personal prior to the UO goal would appear to continue to stall the Clan’s momentum; however, a shorthanded tally by Sam Clare would prove to be just the spark that SFU needed, as Craig and Hayes made it three in a row to put Fraser back in front at 8-6. Oregon would continue to score in bunches, as the Ducks responded with another four-goal run to take a two-goal lead of 10-8 into the intermission.
Simon Fraser would come out strong out of the half, as goals by junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) and sophomore LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak High School) drew the Clan even at 10-10. It would not take Oregon long to re-find their rhythm, as the Ducks answered back with two goals of their own before penalties continued to re-shift the momentum in UO’s favor and began to put SFU in a hole. Silverstein scored his second of the game with a two-man advantage, followed by Hoch and Osip at even strength to extend the Oregon lead to five at 15-10. Following a stick-check during a time-out, the Ducks would be assessed at 3:00 minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick. Looking to get back in the contest, Fraser would be unable to convert on the man-up, losing possession and giving up a goal short-handed on what negated a golden opportunity for the Clan. Not responding well to the frustration, SFU would be assessed a 3:00 minute non-releasable penalty themselves for an illegal hit. Oregon would be quick to once again cash in on Fraser’s mistakes, scoring their second man-up goal of the period to sit comfortably at 17-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Freshman Travis Hayes, joined Clare with a team-high three goal effort, to post the first points of his collegiate career.
The fourth quarter would be a back-and-forth end to the hard fought contest, as the Clan and Ducks traded goals the rest of the way, matching each other at 3-3 on the score sheet over the final 15:00 minutes to maintain the Oregon lead and finish the game with a final score of 20-13.
Spencer Robertson (San Diego, CA / La Jolla High School) – 4g, 2a, Matt Johnson – 3g, 2a and Chris Osip – 4g led Oregon offensively. Osip and Robertson each registered a game-high 4 goals apiece, with 5 (4g, 1a) of Robertson’s game-high 6 points coming in a decisive second half for the Ducks.
Neither team will have much time to rest, as both squads head three hours south down the 1-5 and play back-to-back as part of a March 4 double header that will see Oregon take on Washington, followed by Simon Fraser versus Florida in the Clan’s third out-of-conference match-up of the season.
SIMON FRASER (1-5) 5-3-2-3/13
OREGON (3-2) 4-6-7-3/20
GOALS: SFU: Clare-3, Hayes-3, Craig-2, Dow-2, Ransom, Spencer, Wanzer. UO (Unofficial): Osip-4, Robertson-4, Johnson-3, Hoch-2, Silverstein-2, Ryan-2, Garrett, Paik, Samet.
ASSISTS: SFU: Craig-2, Newton, Ransom. UO (Unofficial): Johnson-2, Robertson-2, Root, Silverstein, Souers.
– Simon Fraser once again dressed 25 players, with sophomore Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) remaining out of the Clan’s line-up due to injury.
– Travis Hayes scored a team-high three goals to register the first points of his collegiate career.
– Both squads’ special teams units factored in on the scoring, combining for 8 of the games 33 goals. SFU scored 3 times with the man-advantage and twice short-handed, while Oregon cashed in twice on the man-up and once on the man-down.
– Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan High School) made his third consecutive start for the Clan making 11 saves with 17 goals against (.393); while junior Kyle Middleton played just over 16:00 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter, making 3 saves, with 3 goals against (.500)
– SFU registered 29 ground balls. Wanzer led Fraser with 6, while fellow sophomores Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) each picked-up 4.
– Weselowski once again did the bulk of the workload at the face-off X going 19 for 30 (63%), while Clare went 0 for 2 in relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
The Clan and Ducks faced-off in front of a home crowd of just under 250 people at Terry Fox Field on what was part of Simon Fraser’s annual Recruitment Weekend.
On Oregon: “Oregon always has a very athletic team that is capable of going on extended runs offensively if you let them open things up in between the lines. We did a good job of taking away their time and space, especially in transition, in the first half but began to stray from our game plan in the third quarter which opened the door for the Ducks to capitalize on their opportunities. Even when we got up early, UO kept their foot on the gas, preventing us from ever being able to pull away and ultimately putting themselves in a position to take control of the game when we began to falter in the second half.”
On Simon Fraser: “Today felt like we took two steps forward and one step back. We once again showed the level that we are capable of playing at but continued to struggle maintaining the tempo and focus needed to be an elite team in the MCLA over an entire four quarters. Nobody in our locker room is satisfied with playing the top ranked teams close for long stretches of the game. These are games that we are working hard to win but ultimately are still learning what it’s going to take to keep us on top over a full 60:00 minutes. Our goal is to still get there by the end of the season but each week becomes more critical to show that we are raising our level of play and developing that killer instinct that has been missing from our game so far this 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.