No. 22 Simon Fraser Doubles Up on No. 25 Chico State 8-4
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By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: University Stadium, Chico State University (Chico, CA)
Score: No. 22 Simon Fraser University 8, No. 25 Chico State 4
Record: SFU (3-1, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), CSU (0-1, 0-0 WCLL)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:00pm PST – vs. Boise State University – Burnaby, BC (SFU Terry Fox Field)
CHICO, CA (February 16, 2013) – No. 22 Simon Fraser concluded a stretch of four games in seven days, including the last two on the road, by doubling up on No. 25 Chico State by a final score of 8-4. The win followed-up a one-goal loss (9-8) to No. 7 Oregon on Wednesday, over a two-game trip that saw the Clan log over 1300 kilometers through Eugene, OR to Northern California, during a 4 day swing down the I-5. Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 2g, 1a, and Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 1g, 2a, led the Clan with 3 points each, while attackmen Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC / Thomas Hayney Secondary) and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) each contributed 2 goals. Junior goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) also featured prominently in the win, backstopping the Clan with 9 saves for a save percentage of .692. The four goals against ties a program low for SFU versus a ranked opponent, matching the equal marker set when the Clan defeated then No. 18 Illinois by the same score of 8-4 last season.
Chico sophomore midfielder Curtis Bowden opened the scoring on the man-up giving the Wildcats their only lead of the contest at 1-0. Dow then tied the score, on a feed from Sam Clare, to end a low scoring first quarter and knot the out-of-conference opponents at 1-1.
Dow would continue to spark the Clan offense in the second frame, feeding fellow attackman Eric Ransom to put SFU ahead 2-1. Chico freshman attack Cooper Wilce brought the Wildcats back to even at 2-2, followed by Dow assisting sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) to give Fraser a 3-2 lead at the break.
Chico would again open the scoring in the second half with Blake Brousseau converting a pass from Wilce to tie the game back at 3-3. The Clan and Wildcats would continue to trade goals for the remainder of the quarter with Hayes finding Knuttila cross-field to make the score 4-3, followed by Wilce scoring his second of the night to re-tie the game at 4-4. A Fraser man-up would lead to Clare finishing an outside shot on a pass from freshman Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) to wrap-up the third quarter scoring and reclaim a 1-goal lead for the Clan heading into the fourth quarter.
The final 15:00 minutes would be all SFU, as the Clan used a 3-0 run to increase their lead to four. Freshman midfielder Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON / The Hill Academy) recorded consecutive assists on goals by Ransom and Clare, followed by Knuttila also scoring his second of the game to seal an 8-4 Fraser win.
Heading home immediately following the game, Simon Fraser will now have six days off before hosting Boise State University on Saturday, February 23 at 7:00pm on Terry Fox Field. Chico State will be back in action this Sunday, February 17 as they host another PNCLL opponent when they face-off versus Portland State.
SIMON FRASER (3-1) 1-2-2-3/8
CHICO STATE (0-1) 1-1-2-0/4
GOALS: SFU: Clare-2, Knuttila-2, Ransom-2, Dow, Hayes. CSU: Wilce-2, Bowden, Brousseau.
ASSISTS: SFU: Bohl-2, Dow-2, Branting, Clare, Hayes. CSU: Wilce-2.
– Clan freshman Lyndon Knuttila – 2g recorded his first collegiate points, scoring in the third quarter to put the Clan ahead 4-3 and then sealing the deal with his second of the game with approximately 2:00 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
– SFU picked-up 44 groundballs. Long poles Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central) and Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) led the Clan with 7, while sophomores Sam Clare and Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) each recorded 5 and Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary) added 4.
– Fraser and Chico battled it out at the face-off box with SFU holding a slight advantage at 53%. Sam Clare continued to carry the bulk of the workload going 6 of 8 (75%), with James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) 2 of 6, and Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) 0 for 1 providing the relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Chico: “Chico is a tough, physical team, that really gets in your face and forces you to earn everything that you get. They have a hard-nosed, athletic defense and showed a lot of potential on offense which could give teams some trouble later in the season as Coach Metoyer has a few more games to implement his systems.”
On Simon Fraser: “This trip built a lot of character for us early in our season so it was important to grind one out versus Chico State and end a challenging stretch of games with a win. The Wildcats really came out and challenged us which forced us to have to make a number of in-game adjustments. Ultimately this was a great learning experience and we felt like we grew a lot as a team over the course of tonight’s game.”
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse will compete in its eighteenth season in 2013 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.
Simon Fraser University is Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.