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No. 19 Simon Fraser Downs Washington 20-6

By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse

Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Terry Fox Field, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Score: No. 19 Simon Fraser University 20, University of Washington 6
Record: SFU (8-5, 1-0 PNCLL Div. I North), UW (3-8, 1-1 PNCLL Div. I North)
Next SFU Game: Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:00pm PDT – vs. Washington State University – Pullman, WA (WSU – South Fairway Intramural Playfield)

BURNABY, BC (April 10, 2013) – Fifteen different Clan players registered points, as No. 19 Simon Fraser downed Washington 20-6 on Saturday, April 6 to move to 1-0 in the PNCLL North. SFU was led by senior Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) who registered a game-high 6 points with 4 goals and 2 assists. Fellow attackmen Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) – 3g, 1a, and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 1g, 3a, also had strong games offensively with 4 points each, while sophomore midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier) recorded a career-high 3 goals for his first collegiate hattrick. The Clan led the Huskies from start to finish, posting a season-high 64 shots (13-14-20-17/64), to UW’s 16 (6-4-4-2/16).

Simon Fraser scored on the games first three possessions, as freshmen midfielders Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) and Marcus Quon (Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary) scored back-to-back, followed by Dow, to give the Clan an early 3-0 lead. Dow added his second of the game to make the score 4-0, before freshman midfielder Eric Lonsway (West Linn, OR / West Linn HS) finally got Washington on the board at 4-1. Freshman attack Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC / Thomas Haney Secondary) reset the Clan lead back to four at 5-1, until Huskies attackman Alex Crane (Bainbridge Island, WA / Bainbridge Island HS) completed the first quarter scoring to sit Fraser ahead by three at 5-2, after 15:00 minutes.

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Crane continued to close the Gap for UW to start the second period, converting a pass from senior attackman Josh Redhair (Danville, CA / San Ramon Valley) to make it a 2-goal game at 5-3. Having still monopolized the majority of the play, Fraser would begin to pull away the rest of the quarter, going on a 3-goal run on goals by Knuttila, Dow and freshman attack Cam MacIntosh (Calgary, AB / Central Memorial HS), with the first goal of his collegiate career, to increase the SFU lead to five at 8-3. The divisional rivals would trade goals with the man-advantage to end the half, as Redhair capitalized for the Huskies, followed by Davalos with his first of the game, on the man-up, to keep it a 5-goal margin at 9-4 heading into the break.

SFU would take control for good out of the intermission continuing a stretch of 8 unanswered goals, as the Clan outscored the Huskies 7-0 in the third quarter. Foster began his second-half trio, finishing a pass from Dow, to make it 10-4, followed by Ransom assisting Dow and Davalos, to push the Fraser lead to eight at 12-4. Freshman midfielder Jordan Stroup (Coquitlam, BC / Dr. Charles Best Secondary) would then put a dagger in UW’s side, scoring shorthanded off a feed from junior LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS), to make it 13-4. Davalos, on the man-up, Foster and freshman midfielder Alex Bohl, would round out the third quarter scoring and give the Clan a 12-goal lead at 16-4 with one frame left to play.

Washington midfielder Chris Brown (San Diego, CA / Torrey Pines HS) would give the Huskies a little life down the stretch, scoring twice, on either side of Fraser’s seventeenth goal of the game by sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) to run the score to 17-6. The games final three goals would belong to the Clan, as junior midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michael’s College), preceded markers from Foster and Ransom to seal the decisive victory by a final score of 20-6.

SFU will continue a string of PNCLL North Divisional games to end the season by travelling to the Palouse where they will face Washington State on April 12 and Idaho on April 13, before returning home for their final game of the regular season versus Montana on April 20.

Washington will also round out their Divisional schedule with a game at Idaho on April 14, before hosting Montana on April 21.

For further information on Simon Fraser men’s lacrosse please visit www.sfulacrosse.com or follow the Clan on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fraserlacrosse.

SIMON FRASER (8-5) 5-4-7-4/20
WASHINGTON (3-8) 2-2-0-2/6

GOALS: SFU: Dow-4, Davalos-3, Foster-3, Knuttila-2, Bohl, Farrell, Hayes, Lasher, McIntosh, Quon, Ransom, Stroup. UW: Brown-2, Crane-2, Lonsway, Redhair.

ASSISTS: SFU: Ransom-3, Clare-2, Dow-2, Branting, Davalos, Lasher, Wanzer. UW: Brown-2, Redhair.


– Clan goaltenders Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) and Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) continued to share the SFU net, making a combined 5 saves, in limited action.

– Simon Fraser recorded a 52-24 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) led the Clan with 9, while Wanzer and Quon picked-up 8 and 6 groundballs respectively.

– SFU also dominated the face-off box, winning 82% of the draws by going a combined 22 of 27. Clare (10 of 11 = 91%) and sophomore James Irwin (6 of 8 = 75%) both registered career-highs for face-off winning percentages, while Quon also put up impressive numbers, winning 6 of 8 (75%).


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Washington: “Washington is continuing to carve out an identity, with a number of nice pieces on offence and a defense that competes hard for 60:00 minutes. I like the direction that Coach Cerchiara is trying to take the Huskies. We were able to beat them on depth this evening but I don’t think that they are that far from turning the corner.”

On Simon Fraser: “Tonight was a real good team win for us. We played a multitude of combinations on both sides of the ball and it was nice to see different guys gel, which really seemed to fuel our momentum over a full four quarters. We have worked hard to develop our depth all season and believe that this will be a real strength as we begin to make a push towards playoffs.”

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.