With so many good finishes last night, we couldn’t wait for Sunday so we could get the press releases and other lax news from around the MCLA. Here are some press releases from the Oregon/Michigan double OT thriller, the SFU/Utah OT thriller and Pitt getting its lax on over the weekend. Enjoy!
Michigan vs Oregon
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2011
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Harvard Westlake High School
Score: #1 Michigan 9, Oregon 8
Records: U-M (2-0, 0-0 CCLA), O-U (0-3, 0-0 PNCLL)
Next U-M Game: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 3:00pm PST – vs. Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles, CA (Leavy Field).
Los Angeles, California –The University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team earned a 9-8 double-overtime win over the Oregon Ducks on Friday night (February 25) in Los Angeles, California at Harvard Westlake High School. Each team endured unfavorable weather conditions, yet showed even play throughout the first quarter with Oregon taking over in the second frame to take a 7-3 lead at halftime. The Wolverines rallied in the final two quarters to tie and went on to win in double overtime advancing Michigan’s record to 2-0 overall.
The first goal of the game went to freshman atackman Jeff Chu (Berwyn, PA – Conestoga) who capitalized when the Ducks failed to clear the ball at 11:15 in the first quarter. Shortly after, the Wolverines had their first man up opportunity but were unable to convert and Oregon eventually tied the game at 1-1 at 8:08. Under four minutes later, senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA – Upper St. Clair) scored on a dodge in front of the crease on an assist from junior midfielder Alex Vasilef (Bloomfield Hills, MI – Seaholm) with 4:20 left in the quarter. The boys in blue carried the momentum throughout the rest of the first quarter and closed out with a lead of 2-1 over the Ducks.
Momentum changed teams in the second as Oregon struck back after two unsuccessful Michigan clears to tie the game. The Ducks scored on their first man up opportunity off the faceoff to take the lead and went on to score four more unanswered goals on the Wolverines to take a 6-2 lead. At 4:46, the Michigan squad answered Oregon’s onslaught as senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH – St. Xavier High) scored on an unassisted blast from the mid wing. OU called a timeout with 31.6 seconds left in the quarter and scored with three seconds left in the period to end the half with a 7-3 lead.
With their platoon plan in place, Michigan changed goaltenders at the beginning of the third replacing senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwich Village, CO – Cherry Creek) with senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI – Hotchkiss, CT). The Maize and Blue struck first in the third quarter at 13:40 on a blast from Yealy, his second of the game. Oregon was able to score on the lone man up opportunity of the quarter almost ten minutes later on a fast break. The third turned out to be a duel for possession as each team had opportunities on both sides of the ball as the Ducks held their 8-4 lead after three.
The final quarter picked up where the battle for possession left off at the end of the third. Michigan began to gain momentum and was awarded three man up opportunities only one of which was successful on a goal from Carroll, his second of the night. As time wound down, the Michigan squad stayed poised as both sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH – St. Ignatius) and Vasilef scored to bring the Wolverines back to life and within one to tie the game. With only 2:41 left to play, Paras assisted Carroll on a backdoor blast, his third, to tie the game and force overtime with the game knotted at 8-8 after 60 minutes.
The first overtime quarter didn’t provide a winner as neither team scored on multiple possession and the game continued to a second overtime period. Following a faceoff win to open the second extra frame, Carroll took a pass from sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill. – Lake Forest) on the left wing and fired high, just inside the left elbow for the game-winning goal as the Wolverines rushed the field following the 9-8 win.
Statistically, Michigan tied Oregon in man-up opportunities but won every other category. U-M outshot the Ducks 33-26, and scooped up 54 groundballs, more than double UO’s 26. The Wolverines were 14 of 20 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball 20 of 28 times while riding Oregon to 13 of 24 totals. Each team finished 1-4 on the man-up.
The Wolverines will play their next game against Loyola Marymount University on Wednesday, March 2, at Leavy Field in Los Angeles, California at 3:00pm PST. The contest against LMU will be their second of three games during their trip in Southern California. For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.
● Carroll (4-2-6) led the team in points with four goals including the game-winner, along with two assists, while Yealy (2-0-2), Vasilef (1-1-2), Paras (1-1-2), andHrusovsky (0-2-2), tied for second in points with two apiece.
● Junior faceoff specialist Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, MI – Grosse Pointe South/RPI) finished 14 of 20 at the “X”.
● Greiner led the team with nine groundballs and junior defenseman Austin Swaney (Grand Rapids, MI – East Grand Rapids) was next with six.
● Stone started the game finishing with five saves and seven goals against. Fowler took over in the second half saving six and letting in one goal.
● With the win, Michigan extends their overall record to 2-0.
● Michigan improves to 5-0 all-time vs. Oregon. Michigan’s last game vs. the Ducks resulted in an 5-4 over-time win at Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas in 2010 at the Patriot Cup.
Head Coach John Paul
On feelings before the game: “Just kind of frantic before the game, a little bit. Because with the traffic we ran into, the weather, getting there so late, and really not having any warm up. We got there, changed, got the guys through treatment, went through warm up, stretched and went. So I kind of had a feeling we would be pretty shaky to start the game, and unfortunately we were.”
On thoughts from last year’s game and what to expect: “No, we were pretty confident going into the game. We’re not a very good bad weather team, given the fact we’re always in perfect weather indoors. You know, I thought we’d be fine tonight. I liked our game plan, and I obviously liked the way we played last week. But I was worried about dead legs you know, since it’d been a long week of practice. We certainly respected Oregon, despite their poor start in their first couple games. We saw a much better team than that on film, and certainly have a lot of respect for them. They gave all we could handle last year as well, and every time we play them they give us a great game. So we didn’t expect this to be an easy game by any means, but we were pretty confident going in.”
On what changed in the second half: “You know, I think we just started playing a little more desperate. We made a planned goalie change, and Fowler just happened to have a great second half. Stone had a pretty good first half too. But Greiner started winning faceoffs consistently, and we stopped turning the ball over unforced, or at least limited those. Every game comes down to possessions, and we were getting better quality possessions in the second half, and that was the difference.”
On his feelings of the progression and comeback of the game: “I think it was really just our guys bearing down and gutting it out. We didn’t change anything we did in the fourth quarter, we just had guys step up, and you know, they’ve been there before. We’ve had close games, we’ve had games where we have to come from behind. I think the key is that, and you see this on the sidelines the whole game, the guys never lose their confidence. For a period there in the second quarter, we were getting dominated. But they never lose their confidence, they felt like if they gutted it out, and took it a play at a time, a possession at a time, that we would have our chances, and we did.”
On Carroll and his production so far this season: “You know, he came back in the fall after not having played lacrosse since his freshman year, and not having played a season of lacrosse since high school, so it’s been four years for him. So he was just really rusty. But we recruited Chad to Michigan for a reason, we thought at the time he’d be one of the best players we ever had here. I kind of had a feeling in the fall, even though things were coming kind of slowly for him, that he was getting it. But now as the season’s getting here now, he’s starting to click, he’s starting to get a lot more confidence in his game, and he’s really starting to click with his teammates on the field, and it’s showing. He’s an incredible talent, and it’s starting to show.”
On being in L.A.: “We’re taking a break tomorrow, it’s going to be a fun day tomorrow. It’s our one day off from lacrosse this week. You know, we generate a little bit. It’s been a long week, you know, we’ve had a lot of practices this week, and the travel, and practice yesterday, it’ll be a good day for us to regenerate a little bit. Then we’ll get back after it on Sunday and start getting ready for Loyola Marymount, but we’d like the weather to turn! We’d like the weather to get a little nicer, but it’s nice for us to get on the road. This is a time when the guys really bond and this is a really important week for us.”
Senior attackman Chad Carroll
On his general impressions: “I think that the first half we didn’t play as well, or produce as well as we would have liked to have. I think it might have been a number of factors, you know, playing the first game in California, and also we only had 15 minutes to warm up. But in the second half we realized that we’re down for the first time this year, and we had a much greater sense of urgency than in the first half.”
On scoring four goals and the game winner: “I think that sense of urgency to end the game; I know everyone was chomping at the bit to get a good, quality shot off. Coach Paul told us to keep running our offense, you know, and keep doing things we’d been doing. He was really positive about the things we were doing on offense, we just weren’t necessarily capitalizing on our opportunities. I think Joey had a good dodge coming down the right side, and I just popped up like we typically do, and I was just put in a position. I think anyone who would have been there could have done that same thing, but it just happened to be me at that time.”
On producing: “It feels pretty good. Freshman year was a little bit more difficult, coming back has been great, it’s been awesome, everyone on the team’s been great. I think I’ve had success because guys on the team have put me in the right position to be able to do that. I’ve had some unassisted goals, but a lot of them have come off good passes from the other guys. I think our offense is clicking right now, and hopefully we can keep it up.”
On being in L.A. for Spring Break: “Like LA a lot, first time out here, hopefully we have some more free time in the next few days so I can experience it a little more.”
Junior defenseman Austin Swaney
On the first half and changes for second: “It started out not having the second slide come in our relatively new defense, but just one goal after another we just started to get down a little bit, we just weren’t totally in it the first half. After the halftime talk, we got our heads back into it and really came out strong. We stuck to our basics, we got more intense; during halftime we went over what exactly they were doing and what we needed to do. We kept it a little more tight on defense, so they just didn’t get as many opportunities.”
On his general impressions: “It looked hard for the offense to score at first, until the fourth quarter. At defense, we had a lazy first half but in the second we came out pretty strong as a team, knew what we had to do and got it done.”
On his big plays: “I had a feeling he was going to pass it so I tried to be in the right spot to make the play without sliding and giving up position on him. It helped having my reaction skills on point as well. We actually have a drill where we practice moving the ball on the ground so I moved it to the side and the two guys ran into each other allowing for an easy pick up.”
Written By: Andrew Kuhn
Contact: Joe Hennessy – email@example.com – 734-276-8493
Simon Fraser vs Utah
No. 10 Simon Fraser falls to No. 23 Utah 12-11 in OT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Spence Eccles Field House, Salt Lake City, Utah
Score: Simon Fraser University 11, Utah 12 – OT
Record: SFU (2-0, 0-0 PNCLL), UU (3-2, 0-0 RMLC)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5:00pm MST – vs. Brigham Young University – Provo, UT (BYU North Field)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 25, 2011) – After going up 3-1 to start the contest, Utah clawed their way back from 7-5 and 10-8 deficits in the second half before capitalizing on the man-up to defeat Simon Fraser 12-11 in overtime. Sophomore attacks Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 3g and Stu Mills (Campbell River, BC / Timberline Secondary) – 1g, 2a continued to lead Fraser offensively in a game that saw eight different goals scorers for the young Clan. Midfield Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey High School) also featured prominently in the SFU offense with 2 goals in a losing effort. The out-of-conference match-up was played in front of approximately 250 fans inside Spence Eccles Filed House on the University of Utah campus.
Playing their fifth game of the 2011 season and third versus a ranked opponent, Utah took advantage of a slow start by the Clan to race out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Quinn Kane (Atlanta, GA / St. Pius X) and Tyler Kunz (Draper , UT / Juan Diego). A Utes penalty would lead to Simon Fraser’s first goal of the game as Ransom scored just after the penalty had expired, off a feed from freshmen Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay, Secondary), to reset the score at 2-1. Utah would then take capitalize on a man-up of their own as Kyle Brennan (Salt Lake City / Judge Memorial) converted a pass from Mark Manning (Orem, UT / The Waterford School) to put the Utes up 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.
A much calmer Clan would come out firing out of the break with consecutive goals by freshman Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) and sophomore Rick Bezuidenhout (Campbell River, BC / Timberline Secondary) tying the score a 3-3 to start the second quarter. Utah midfielder Mack Schwoebel (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarie) would score his first of a game-high 5 goals to put the Utes back up by one before Dow buried his first of a team-high 3 goals to draw the two teams back to even (4-4) heading into the half.
With 14 seconds left in a Utah penalty to start the second half, Clan face-off specialist Ben Johnson (Calgary, AB / Berkshire Preparatory) would spring freshmen LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak High School) on a fast break off the draw. Wanzer would keep the ball himself, firing a shot high past Utah goaltender Alex Watanawekin (Centerville, UT / Viewmont) to score the first goal of his collegiate career, while giving SFU their first lead of the contest. Utes attackman Zac Harris would make the score 5-5 before Mills and Johnson scored back-to-back for SFU to give Fraser a two-goal lead at 7-5. Refusing to let the Clan pull away, Utah would quickly shift the momentum back in their favor as a three-goal run (Schwoebel, Merrell, Schwoebel) would put the Utes back up by one. With only 14 seconds left in the third quarter, freshman face-off specialist Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge Secondary / Meadowridge School) would win the draw to himself and dodging several Utes defenders on his way to the net before beating Watanawekin on the door step to knot the game back at 8-8 after three quarters.
SFU would take their second two-goal lead of the half as Dow scored at even strength and then again on the man-up to open the fourth quarter scoring and give the Clan a 10-8 advantage. Once again, the battle-tested Utes rejected any notion of falling behind and went on another three-goal run (Pilot, Schwoebel, Schwoebel) to take another one-goal lead their own with time ticking down. With less than three minutes now remaining, Ransom would score his second of the game to tie the score at 11-11 and set the stage for a dramatic finish. Looking to finish the game in regulation, Utah would possess the ball for the remainder of regulation with the Clan stuffing several U scoring attempts, including a spectacular save by sophomore goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) with only seconds remaining, to send the back-and-forth affair into overtime.
Despite controlling the majority of the games face-offs (68%), Fraser would lose the only draw in extra minutes leading to a Utes possession that drew a Clan tripping penalty off of a Utah drive. With two man-up goals already on the day, the Utes would make no mistake in sudden-victory with Manning finding Danny Polityka (Salt Lake City, UT / Olympus) open on the crease for the win.
Both goalies, Middleton for SFU and Watanawekin for Utah, played outstanding on the day and made several big saves during key possessions to keep the game close for their respective sides.
Fraser will have quick turn-around, traveling south to Provo, Utah to play the No. 4 Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, February 26 for their second of back-to-back out-of-conference match-ups to start the season. Utah will now have eight days off before hosting the No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on Sunday, March 6.
SIMON FRASER (1-1) 1-3-4-3-0/11
UTAH (3-2) 3-1-4-3-1/12
GOALS: SFU: Dow-3, Ransom-2, Bezuidenhout, Craig, Johnson, Mills, Weselowski, Wanzer. UU: Schwoebel-5, Brennan, Harris, Kane, Kunz, Merrell, Pilot, Polityka.
ASSISTS: SFU: Mills-2, Craig, Farrell, Koesdibyo. UU: Manning, Merrell.
– Eight different goal scorers got on the board for the Clan, with 10 different players registering points.
– In his first start versus a ranked opponent, sophomore Kyle Middleton played easily his best game in net making several key saves throughout the match-up. Middleton finished the game with 19 saves and 12 goals against for a .613 save percentage.
– Clan attack Calvin Craig and fellow freshmen Riley Wanzer (LSM) and Max Weselowski (SSM/FO) each scored their first collegiate goals, while first-year midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michael’s College School) registered his first collegiate point with 1 assist.
– SFU picked-up 35 ground balls. Freshman LSM Riley Wanzer led the way for the Clan with 6 ground balls, while defender Luke Genereux (Port Coquitlam, BC / Terry Fox Secondary) and face-off specialist Ben Johnson chipped in with 5 and 4 ground balls respectively.
– Fraser won 68% of the games face-offs. Johnson won 13 of 19 (68%), with freshman Max Weselowski finishing 4 of 6 (67%).
SFU Co-Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Utah: “A lot of people seem to overlook Utah because they are often overshadowed from playing in such a tough conference (RMLC) but Coach Morris and his coaching staff have quietly assembled a quality program and have proved early this season that they can be a tough match-up for anyone. You can really see it in their play that they have something to prove this year and they refused to let tonight’s game slip away from them. We felt like we won a lot of the key match-ups tonight but their supporting cast really stepped-up their game and showed that they can be a team with depth. Congrats to the Utes for a quality win and we wish them the best of luck this season.”
SFU Co-Head Coach Jeff Cathrea
On Simon Fraser: “We played some quality stretches tonight but it was our lapses that got us behind early and then prevented us from ever pulling away. Against a quality opponent you really need to play consistent lacrosse and maintain a high level of focus and intensity from start to finish. We know that we are definitely capable of that and are confident that tonight’s tough loss will prove to be a valuable learning experience as we progress throughout the season.”
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University men’s lacrosse is entering its sixteenth season in 2011 and competes in 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 are tied for fifth all-time with ten MCLA National Championship tournament appearances, placing 2nd in 1999 and most recently playing in the 2010 MCLA Semi-Finals after reaching the Quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009. The Clan are proudly sponsored by Harrow Sports and Onyx Lacrosse / Riddell Helmets.
CONTACT: Co-Head Coach, Brent Hoskins +1 (604) 836-7748, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitt goes 2-0 with big win over Toledo
Pitt brings their record up to 2-0 with a big win over Toledo Friday night, 11-1. The Panthers were led by D1 transfer Tyler Novotny with 4 g, 2 a. The Panthers play Richmond today in the last of their five scrimmages for the season. They will then begin conference play and their OOC games. Looks like the D1 transfer is already making a statement at Pitt.