No. 21 Simon Fraser opens season with 20-7 win over Western Washington
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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. 21 Simon Fraser University 20, Western Washington 7
Record: SFU (1-0, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I), WWU (0-1, 0-0 PNCLL Div. II)
Next SFU Game: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 1:00pm PST – vs. Oregon State University – Burnaby, BC (SFU Terry Fox Field)
BURNABY, BC (February 9, 2013) – No. 21 Simon Fraser opened the 2013 regular season with a 20-7 win over regional PNCLL Division II opponent Western Washington. Five different Clan players posted multi-point games, led by freshman midfielder Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON / Hill Academy) who registered a game-high 7 points with 2 goals and 5 assists. Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) led all goal scorers with 5, also chipping in an assist for 6 points on the day, while sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 2g, 2a, senior attackman Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 1g, 3a, and sophomore attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) – 4g, each registered 4 point efforts in the win. In all, a total of thirteen SFU players featured in the Clan’s scoring, while senior goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) was solid in net, going the distance with 13 saves for a save percentage of .650. The game, played in front of approximately 200 fans at SFU’s Terry Fox Field, marked the Clan’s 18th straight opening day victory, a streak dating back to the inception of the program in 1996.
Despite only 5 players gone from last season and boasting the largest roster in program history with 38, the Clan continued to showcase their youth with 5 underclassmen (1 freshman, 4 sophomores), joining 2 juniors and 3 seniors as Fraser’s starters to begin the season. A well balanced SFU offense would take control early, pacing the Clan to an early 6-0 lead after 15:00 minutes, while Fraser’s returning backline of Mark Hilker (Bowmanville. ON / Clarington Central Secondary), Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary) and Mitch Frank (Burnaby, BC / St. Thomas More Collegiate) held the Western Washington shooters at bay, limiting the Viking chances through much of the first half. The Clan would continue to roll in the second quarter, outscoring WWU 6-2 for a commanding lead of 12-2 at the intermission.
Coming out of the break, 4 more unanswered goals would see Simon Fraser extend their lead to 16-2, while beginning to gain their bench some valuable experience. With 15 freshmen dressed for the Clan, a resilient Western Washington squad would provide SFU’s youth with induction by fire as the Vikings answered back with a 3-1 run to end the third quarter and trail 17-5 down the stretch. Three Man-Up goals would seal the deal for SFU in the fourth quarter, as the Clan outscored the Vikings 3-2 over the last frame for a final score of 20-7.
Beginning a stretch of four games over seven days to start the season, Simon Fraser will be back on Terry Fox Field tomorrow afternoon to complete their first of four back-to-back sets in 2013, as they square off against cross-Divisional rival Oregon State at 1:00pm PST. The Vikings will now have two weeks off before travelling to Monmouth, OR where they will face Conference rival Western Oregon on Saturday, February 23.
SIMON FRASER (1-0) 6-6-5-3/20
WESTERN WASHINGTON (0-1) 0-2-3-3/8
GOALS: SFU: Dow-5, Spencer-4, Bohl-2, Clare-2, Branting, Chisholm, Farrell, Foster, Hayes, Quon, Ransom. WWU: Hatcher-4, Rabin-2, Wettack.
ASSISTS: SFU: Bohl-5, Ransom-3, Clare-2, Dow, Hilker, Wanzer. WWU: Bludorn.
– Fraser dressed 33 players to open the season, consisting of 8 upperclassmen and 25 underclassmen. The Clan currently have 38 players on their roster; not dressed was junior Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E Peacock Collegiate), while sophomores Travis Carlson (Parksville, BC / Ballenas Secondary) and Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) are joined by freshmen Sebastian Darby (Danville, CA / Monte Vista HS) and Clayton Fenney (North Vancouver, BC / Handsworth Secondary) as Clan players expected to remain listed as medical Redshirts for the 2013 season.
– SFU, the only Canadian member institution of the MCLA, has a program-high six US-born players on their 2013 roster: Rolando Aldana (Berkeley, CA / Berkeley High School), Bryce Balbon (San Francisco, CA / Serra HS), Sebastian Darby (Danville, CA / Monte Vista HS), Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS), Kurt Pohs (Olympia, WA / Stadium High School) and Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak High School). Out of remaining players, five are from then Canadian Province of Alberta, twenty-one from British Columbia, three from Ontario and three from Saskatchewan.
– Clan freshmen Alex Bohl – 2g, 5a, Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) – 1g, and Marcus Quon (Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary) all scored their first collegiate points.
– SFU registered 44 ground balls. Senior goaltender Kyle Middleton was active out of the SFU crease, leading the Clan with 7, while Sam Clare had 6 and sophomore midfielder James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) recorder a career-high of 4.
– Fraser won 52% of the games face-offs. Splitting the SFU face-off duties was sophomore Sam Clare (5 of 8 = 63%), sophomore James Irwin (6 of 9 = 67%) and junior Tommy Newton (2 of 8 = 25%).
QUOTES – SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Western Washington: “Historically, you can always count on Western Washington to play physically and really compete over four full quarters. Today’s game was no different and even though we were able to get up early, the Vikings continued to come at us right until the final whistle, which really gave us some good preparation for this point in the season. Western’s got a lot of talent and should definitely be a team to look out for in MCLA Division II.”
On Simon Fraser: “Building off last week’s scrimmage, it was important to us to continue to put together a complete 60:00 minutes. With a much larger roster this year, we have also been making the point that the responsibility of playing with consistency doesn’t just rest with the athletes at the top of our depth chart but is something that we are confident can be embraced throughout our entire roster. We have been able to achieve a high level of competitiveness during practice throughout the fall and preseason and now it is time to utilize that preparation to continue to fuel us over the course of what promises to be a challenging season versus the opponents on our 2013 schedule.”
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.