Quick Sticks: Simon Fraser Outpaced by Arizona

Simon Fraser vs. Arizona


No. 19 Simon Fraser Outpaced 14-12 by Arizona

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 12, Arizona 14
Record: SFU (4-2, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), UA (2-2, 0-1 SLC Div. I South)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 4:00pm MST – vs. No. 1 Colorado State University – Loveland, CO (Loveland Sports Park)

BURNABY, BC (March 1, 2013) – No. 19 Simon Fraser outscored Arizona 10-8 over the final three quarters but would be unable to overcome a 6-2 first quarter deficit, falling to the visiting Laxcats by a final score of 14-12. The loss moves SFU to 4-2 on the year, with a combined 3 goals responsible for the only blemishes on the Clan’s 2013 record after falling 9-8 to No. 8 Oregon earlier this season. Sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) led Fraser in points with 4 goals and 1 assist, including three of the Clan’s final four goals during a 4-0 run over the games final 6:00 minutes. Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) also had a strong day on the scoresheet, recording 4 goals in the loss. Arizona came into the game recently bounced from the MCLA’s Top 25 following a 9-8 overtime loss to Grand Canyon, after starting the season ranked at No. 22.

The opening quarter was all Arizona, as the Laxcats caught Simon Fraser on their heels, racing out to a quick 3-0 lead on back-to-back goals by senior attackman Luke Strode (Denver, CO / Regis Jesuit), followed by another marker from midfielder Ben Brehne (Baltimore, MD / St. Paul’s School), to cap a 3-0 run early in the match-up. Fraser freshman Alex Bohl would get the Clan on the board at 3-1, but an Arizona man advantage would kick-off another 3-0 run on consecutive goals by sophomore attack Zach Johnson (Phoenix, AZ / Sandra Day O’Connor) to extend the score to 6-1. Dow would score his first of the day on a pass from freshman Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) on the man-up to reset the score to 6-2 and spot the Laxcats a 4-goal lead after 15:00 minutes.

Simon Fraser vs. Arizona

A solo drive from X by SFU attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) would start the second quarter scoring and bring the Clan to within three at 6-3. Arizona freshman midfielder Theodore Wolter (Pottstown, PA / The Hill School) would then press the score to 7-3 on the man-up, followed by a fast break goal by Clare, and Branting converting a Bohl pass, to close the gap to two at 7-5. Despite the growing push from SFU, the Laxcats would count two more goals before the break to take a four-goal lead of 9-5 heading in to the intermission.

Fraser would once again start the third quarter on the assault, with Dow and Spencer scoring unanswered to bring the Clan back to within two at 9-7. Arizona man-up opportunities would continue to stall the SFU momentum, as attackman William Stanaback (Califon, NJ / Voorhees High School) traded goals with Dow on the man advantage to move the score to 10-8. Arizona would continue to keep their distance as Brehne and Johnson added two more goals for the Laxcats to end the third quarter with UA up 12-8.

Johnson would score his game-high fifth goal to begin the final frame, followed by senior midfielder Bobby Ecker (Palos Verdes, CA) to continue the Arizona run and extend the Laxcat lead back to six with just under 10:00 minutes left to play. SFU would finally catch fire down the stretch with Clare scoring in the 54th and 55th minute, followed by Dow at 57:50 and Clare again at 58:05 to bring the Clan back to within two but the SFU comeback attempt would ultimately fall short as the final horn sounded, ending the game at 14-12.

The win improves Arizona to 2-2 on the season, as they continue their Northwest trip with a game at Washington this Sunday, March 3.

Simon Fraser will have little time to dwell on the setback, as they embark on a three game swing through Colorado March 8-13 where they will face No. 1 Colorado State on March 9, No. 5 Colorado on March 10 and No. 11 Virginia Tech, neutral site at Colorado, on March 12.

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 (4-2) 2-3-3-4/12
ARIZONA (2-2) 6-3-3-2/14

GOALS: SFU: Clare-4, Dow-4, Spencer-2, Bohl, Branting. UA: Johnson-5, Brehne-2, Stanaback-2, Strode-2, Wolter-2, Ecker.

ASSISTS: SFU: Bohl, Branting, Clare, Hayes, Ransom. UA: Brehne-3, Storde-2, Bundy, Stanaback.


– Two goalies from each team made an appearance between the pipes. SFU junior goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) played the opening 48:00 minutes, making 10 saves with 13 goals against, until a penalty removed him from the Clan net giving way to senior Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) who made one save, with one goal against over the final 12:00 minutes. Arizona freshman Pierce Philp (Los Altos, CA / Mountain View HS) made his fourth start of the season for the Laxcats making 9 saves with 6 goals against. Fellow first-year backstop Tommy Strock (Encinitas, CA / La Costa Canyon) came in for UA at the half making 8 saves, with 7 goals against over the final two quarters.

– SFU recorded a season-low 36 groundballs. Sophomore defender Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) led the Clan with 6, while Branting and Dow each picked-up 5.

– Despite trailing Arizona on the scoreboard for the majority of the contest, the Clan actually outshot the Laxcats 43-36 over four quarters, including 28-16 in the second half.

– Penalties continued to create an uphill battle for SFU, as the Clan registered 6:30 in penalties, more than doubling the Laxcats 3:00.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Arizona: “Arizona flat out outplayed us. They set the bar out of the gate and forced us to play catch-up all game, matching us goal for goal over the middle two frames anytime we started to gain any momentum. The Laxcats [like us] are also a young team so full credit to them and Coach Felton for travelling up to Canada and beating us in the rain on a day where they clearly wanted the win more than we did.”

On Simon Fraser: “We are confident that today will prove to be a valuable learning experience for us moving forward. I think that we started to take our execution for granted and today definitely taught us the lesson that you need to come ready to play and then compete for an entire four quarters. We are entering a very challenging stretch in our schedule where we will play 4 teams in the Top 11 and one more in the Top 25 over the next 30 days and to we need to know that you can’t even afford to take a minute off, if you want to be successful against the Top teams in the MCLA.”

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.