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Simon Fraser Lacrosse


No. 23 Simon Fraser Starts Strong; Falls 16-7 to No. 1 Colorado State

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

Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Loveland Sports Park (Loveland, CO)
Score: No. 23 Simon Fraser University 7, No. 1 Colorado State 16
Record: SFU (4-3, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), CSU (6-0, 1-0 RMLC Div. I)
Next SFU Game: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1:00pm MST – vs. No. 4 University of Colorado – Boulder, CO (Kittredge Field)

LOVELAND, CO (March 10, 2013) – No. 23 Simon Fraser forfeited a 2-1 lead with just 0:02 seconds remaining in the first quarter, commencing a 9-0 CSU run that earned No. 1 Colorado State a 16-7 win over the Clan on the road in Loveland, Colorado. SFU sophomore attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) led the Clan in scoring, tying a game-high with 4 points (3g, 1a), including 2 goals and an assist over a 5-6 stretch to end the contest.

Despite a long Simon Fraser possession to begin the match-up, Colorado State would cash in shortly after on the ensuing play to take an early 1-0 lead. SFU would be undeterred by the initial set-back, as Spencer converted a pass out of the hole from freshman midfielder Chris Pond (Penticton, BC / Princess Margaret Secondary) to tie the game at 1-1. Senior Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) would then bury a shot from in front of the Ram net to put SFU ahead 2-1 midway through the opening frame. The Clan would hold on to their only lead of the game through the remainder of the first quarter until CSU attackman Kacy Carter (Castle Rock, CO / Rock Canyon HS) seemingly deflated the Clan first quarter effort by scoring his first of three goals on the afternoon to re-tie the game at 2-2 with just 0:02 seconds left on the clock.

Knotted at two heading into the second quarter, Colorado State would continue to build on the last second momentum, re-taking the lead at 3-2 and then capitalizing on several SFU breakdowns to extend their lead to three at 5-2. A decisive turning point, the Clan would be locked-in for two, 1:00 minute non-releasable penalties on the consequent sequence of plays, putting them man-down 6 versus 5 for the remaining time left before the break. The Rams would waste no time taking advantage of Fraser’s undisciplined play scoring twice, less than a minute apart, to sit atop 7-2 at the half.

The Clan would continue to play shorthanded out of the intermission, as Colorado State counted their third goal over the duration of the 2:00 minute penalty to take a commanding lead of 8-2. SFU struggled to overcome the self-inflicted adversity, as two more CSU goals capped a run of 9 unanswered goals for the Rams to put them ahead comfortably by a score of 10-3. Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) would finish from the side of the crease to stop the CSU assault and get the Clan back on the board at 10-4. Beginning to regain some rhythm, Spencer would then find fellow attackman Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate), on a nice slip cut into the hole to close the gap to 10-5. Colorado State refused to open the door any further for the Clan, as the top-ranked Rams answered back with another 3-0 run to end the third quarter with a score of 13-5.

Two more man-up markers for CSU would seal the deal to start the fourth quarter as the Rams jumped ahead 15-5, before a string of three SFU goals came too little, too late for the Clan, closing the gap to eight, followed by a final goal from Colorado State, to finish the game with a final score of 16-7.

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 (4-3) 2-0-2-3/7
COLORADO STATE (6-0) 2-5-6-3/16

GOALS: SFU: Spencer-3, Bohl, Davalos, Dow, Ransom. CSU: Carter-3, Campbell-2, Doskins-2, Fisher-2, Gregg-2, Taggart-2, Creech, Macdonald, Wolff.

ASSISTS: SFU: Farrell, Pond, Spencer. CSU: Smith-3, Taggart-2, Devlin, Wolff.


– Both teams split time between two goalies. SFU senior Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) made the start for the Clan making 8 saves with 12 goals against in just under three quarters of action, while junior Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) stepped in just past the midway point of the third quarter making 3 saves with 4 goals against. Jack Regan (Portland, OR / Sunset HS) started between the pipes for the Rams making 7 saves while holding the Clan to just 2 goals in the first half. Fellow junior Koltin Fatzinger stepped in after the break, making 4 saves, while giving up 5 goals to a surging Fraser squad in the third and fourth quarters.

– Simon Fraser picked-up 37 groundballs in the match-up. Middleton was active out of the Clan crease leading SFU with 6 groundballs, while sophomores Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) and James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary), joined freshman Jon Bailey (Vancouver, BC / Vancouver College) each with 3.

– After outshooting Colorado State 6-5 over the opening 15:00 minutes, SFU trailed the Rams 34-18 the rest of the way; outshot 39-24 over four quarters.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Colorado State: “Colorado State are the defending champs and ranked No. 1 in the MCLA for a reason. With little turnover from last year’s roster, we knew coming in that the Rams were going to push the pace and execute at a very high level over a full 60:00 minutes. They do a great a job of playing from the backend out and while their attacks get most of the glory on the stats sheet, I was impressed with how athletic they were in the midfield which is really were they go to work. I have a ton of respect for Coach Smith and Colorado State is always a good measuring stick as the truly force you to be at your best all over the field if you want to be successful against them throughout all four quarters.”

On Simon Fraser: “We talked before the game about consistency in our execution and this got us off to a really good start over the opening 15:00 minutes. You really need to limit your mistakes against the top teams. Our focus slipped a little bit in the second quarter and this ultimately dug us a hole that is very tough to get out of when you are playing an opponent like Colorado State. We need to do a much better job of keeping our emotions in check, while still maintaining a high level intensity. This can be a really difficult balance but I do think that we are continuing to learn what that is. In a tough schedule, you really need to expedite the learning the curve but are confident that we continue to take steps forward in achieving the results that we are working for.”

Simon Fraser Lacrosse

First Half Run Downs No. 23 Simon Fraser, 18-11 versus No. 4 Colorado

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

Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Kittredge Field, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
Score: No. 23 Simon Fraser University 11, No. 4 University of Colorado 18
Record: SFU (4-4, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), CU (7-0, 1-0 RMLC Div. I)
Next SFU Game: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 1:00pm MST – vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech – Boulder, CO (Kittredge Field, University of Colorado)

BOULDER, CO (March 11, 2013) – Despite early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, No. 23 Simon Fraser would be unable to overcome an 8-0 run over the first and second quarters, as they matched No. 4 Colorado 9-9 the rest of the way but ultimately fell by a final score of 18-11. Buffs senior goaltender Brad Macnee (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridegewood HS) – 18 saves, .621 save %, maintained the CU lead by holding SFU shooters at bay through much of the contest, as the Clan outshot Colorado 51-37, including 28-13 in the second half. Fraser was led by sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver) who registered a game-high 4 goals and 5 points. Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods) also had a strong game on the scoresheet with 4 points (3g, 1a), including 2 goals and an assist during a 6-5 run to end the match-up.

Dow opened the scoring after several quality SFU possessions to open the first quarter. CU junior midfielder Jack Cranston (Santa Margartia, CA / Santa Margarita Catholic) tied the score at 1-1 on a blistering shot down the right alley. Clare then reclaimed the Clan lead at 2-1, before Colorado scored a string of 3 goals to end the period and hold a 4-2 advantage after 15:00 minutes.

The Buffs continued to assert the momentum in the second frame, with Cranston scoring his third of the game off of another blast from the outside, to kick-off five more unanswered goals for CU. The first half assault concluded an 8-0 run for the Buffs to put the home team ahead 9-2. Colorado would then be assessed the first of three 2:00 minute non-releasable penalties on the day. The Clan would waste little time capitalizing on the CU physicality, as Clare completed his hattrick on the man-up, firing home passes from Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) and Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary), to get Fraser back in the game at 9-4. The five-goal gap would be short lived for SFU, as Colorado scored back-to-back to end the half and take an 11-4 lead into the intermission.

The Clan would strike first out of the break as Branting converted a feed from Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) to reset the score to 11-5. CU would counter with two goals of their own to give the Buffs their largest lead of the game at 13-5. Simon Fraser would continue to punch back, scoring three goals in a row by Dow, Ransom and sophomore Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier HS), as part of a 4-1 run to narrow the deficit back to five at 14-9. Colorado would score once more before the end of the third but a 5-4 quarter for SFU would once again raise the level on intensity down the stretch.

Play would remain back-and-forth to start the fourth quarter. Colorado would stay on the offensive at 16-9 but the Clan would refuse to roll over as Clare assisted Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate), followed by Dow with his third, to once again make it a 5-goal game at 16-11. With several game changing saves already to his credit, Buffs goaltender Brad Macnee would shut the door the rest of the way, as CU gave themselves some insurance with two goals over the final minutes to solidify the win by a final score of 18-11.

The loss moves Simon Fraser to 4-4 on the season, with all four losses coming at the hand of opponents currently ranked in the MCLA’s Top 25 in No. 21 Arizona (14-2), No. 8 Oregon (9-8), No. 1 Colorado State (16-7) and now No. 4 Colorado. The No. 23 ranked Clan will look to knock-off their first ranked opponent this Tuesday (March 12) as they wrap up their out-of-conference trip to Colorado with a neutral site game versus Virginia Tech (1:00pm MST @ Colorado).

Colorado will continue to test their mid-season form, as the Buffs head to California to take on No. 18 Cal Poly on March 14 and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on March 15.

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 (4-4) 2-2-5-2/11
COLORADO (7-0) 4-7-4-3/18

GOALS: SFU: Clare-4, Dow-3, Branting, Foster, Ransom, Spencer. CU: Carter-3, Campbell-2, Doskins-2, Fisher-2, Gregg-2, Taggart-2, Creech, Macdonald, Wolff.

ASSISTS: SFU: Ransom-2, Branting, Clare, Dow, Lashar. CU: Smith-3, Taggart-2, Devlin, Wolff.


– Clan freshman midfielder Jordan Lashar registered the first point of his collegiate career with an assist in the third quarter.

– SFU junior goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) made his fifth start of the season for the Clan making 8 saves with 15 goals against, before having to leave the game after receiving a high hit outside his crease. Zwack received medical clearance following the game and will be available for Fraser’s next match-up versus Virginia Tech. Senior Kyle Middleton stepped-in near the end of the third quarter recording 1 save, while the Clan defense held the Buffs to just 3 goals in the fourth quarter.

– Simon Fraser recorded 39 groundballs versus Colorado. Junior LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) led the Clan with 6, while five other players (J. Bailey, Clare, Hayes, Quon, Zwack) registered 3.

– SFU continued to struggle at the face-off x, going a combined 11 of 36 (31%). Clare 6/16 = 38%; Irwin 4/14 = 29%; Quon 1/6 = 17%.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Colorado: “Colorado is a physical team that really comes at you. They are big and athletic and can really push the ball in transition, which put us on our heels in the second quarter. After a relatively close first quarter, we failed to match their intensity for 10:00 minutes and before we knew it we were down 9-2. [Colorado goaltender] Macnee is a game changer and we didn’t make enough of our shots count to keep us in the game during critical stretches.”

On Simon Fraser: “We had a strong opening 10:00 minutes and then I thought that our second half was one of our best all season in terms of our intensity and killer instinct that was severely lacking in the second quarter. We are learning what it takes to compete with the other top teams in the MCLA and it took a lot of character to battle back and keep the quarter scores close in third and fourth periods. Colorado is our type of team with their physical style of play. This forced us to really raise our level of compete, which I think puts us in a good place heading into more tough match-ups over the next few weeks.”

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.


  1. Let’s make one thing clear. That beautiful picture… That’s Boulder, Colorado. Home of the Buffaloes. You won’t get any beautiful pictures like that from ft. Collins, CO were CSU is located.