No. 22 Simon Fraser upended 13-6 by Oregon State
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Student Legacy Park, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
Score: Simon Fraser University 6, Oregon State University 13
Record: SFU (1-4, 0-0 PNCLL North), OSU (1-3, 0-0 PNCLL South)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1:00pm PST – vs. University of University – Burnaby, BC (SFU – Terry Fox Field)
CORVALLIS, OR (February 26, 2012) – Two days after once again proving that they could compete with one of the MCLA’s top ranked teams for most of the contest, No. 22 Simon Fraser followed up a promising showing with another lackluster performance in a 13-6 loss to Oregon State, dropping their record to 1-4 on the season. Sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) continued to lead Fraser in scoring with 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist, while junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey High School) scored twice in what was another uncharacteristically low offensive output for the Clan.
The non-Divisional PNCLL foes were deadlocked at zero for most of the first quarter, as both goalies made several big saves with the two teams trading early chances. Junior midfield Ryan Squires (West Linn, OR / West Linn HS) got Oregon State on the board first to put the Beavers up 1-0 after 15:00 minutes. Squires continued to have the hot hand throughout the first half scoring his second of the game to give OSU a 2-0 lead and then completing the hattrick after goals by Clan midfielders Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) to reclaim the Beaver lead at 3-2. Oregon State would continue to put the perennial PNCLL power on their heels, scoring once more to take a 4-2 lead into the break.
The third quarter would prove to be the most damaging for Simon Fraser, as the Clan continued to look uninspired coming out of halftime, throwing the ball away on several unforced turnovers. Mistakes began to add up as Oregon State won the frame 6-1 and took a commanding 10-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Looking to chip away, Craig opened the fourth quarter scoring to close the gap to 10-4 until 2:00 minutes in penalties stalled the Clan momentum and allowed the Beavers to capitalize on the man-up by reclaiming a seven-goal lead a 11-4. Despite two goals by Ransom down the stretch, the Beavers would be able to maintain their distance the rest of the way, on route to the 13-6 upset.
In spite of the disappointing effort, SFU held advantages in every statistical category, winning 74% of the face-offs and holding a 46-29 edge in groundballs. They also outshot the Beavers 47-30 with OSU freshman goaltender Nick Widmer (Canby, OR / Canby HS) holding the Clan at bay for most of the contest, making 17 saves and getting help from his posts on several other quality opportunities.
Fraser will now have five days off to find some answers before squaring-off against long time PNCLL conference rival Oregon at home on Saturday, March 3 in what is always a highly anticipated match-up. The Ducks are currently ranked No. 8 in the MCLA with an overall record of 2-2 on the season. Oregon State will also be back in action on March 3 when they face Washington State.
SIMON FRASER (1-4) 0-2-1-3/6
OREGON STATE (1-3) 1-3-6-3/13
GOALS: SFU: Craig-2, Ransom-2, Clare, Newton. OSU: Spang-3, Squires-3, McCabe-2, Burby, Feltis, Gardner, Grenz, Macalalad.
ASSISTS: SFU: Craig, Weselowski. OSU: Burby, Gardner, Squires.
– 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.
– Goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) led SFU in groundballs with 7, in addition to making 12 saves over four quarters. Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary), Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) and Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) each chipped in with 5 groundballs a piece.
– Weselowski continued to take the majority of the Clan’s face-offs, winning 70% of his draws to finish 14 of 20 at the X. Clare also had a strong day in relief winning 3 of 4 (75%) face-offs taken.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Oregon State: “The Beavers played a solid game and were the better team for most of today. Every time it looked like we were beginning to find a rhythm they found a way to answer back and hold onto the momentum by going on a run. They earned the win and definitely looked like the hungrier team.”
On Simon Fraser: “It’s frustrating because we all look around the room and see the talent that we have on this year’s roster. At the end of the day talk is cheap and even though we’ve shown that we can play at a high level, consistency remains the most important factor in becoming an elite team and staying at the top. We know where we want to be but need to drill back down on some of the fundamentals and get back to work in wanting to prove ourselves each time we step on the field. It’s time to look ourselves in the mirror and roll up our sleeves but I remain confident that we have the athletes and character to get things done and get our season back on track.”
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.