Simon Fraser Win Streak Stopped 11-9 by Davenport
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Score: Simon Fraser University 9, Davenport University 11
Record: SFU (7-5, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), DU (7-2, 2-0 CCLA)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7:00pm PDT – vs. University of Washington – Burnaby, BC (SFU Terry Fox Field)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (April 4, 2013) – Following consecutive wins over current No. 23 Virginia Tech (11-9), Illinois (7-2) and now No. 13 Michigan State (10-9), Simon Fraser had their three-game win streak snapped 10-8 by Davenport on Sunday, March 31, concluding a three-game swing through Illinois and Michigan that moved the Clan to 7-5 on the season.
With important out-of-conference (OOC) victories over Illinois and Michigan State, who was ranked No. 9 heading into their match-up the day prior, SFU moved up to No. 19 in this week’s Nike / Inside Lacrosse MCLA Top 25 Poll, while Davenport climbed to No. 16 with the win.
Simon Fraser was once again led by senior attackman Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 2g, 4a, who recorded his second straight 6-point outing, to improve his impressive total to 15 points (7g, 8a) on the trip (3 games). Davenport senior goaltender Eric Lindstrom (Lansing, MI / Waverly HS) played outstanding for the Panthers making 22 saves for a .710 save percentage, as the Clan outshot DU by a wide margin, firing 57 shots in the contest.
SFU opened the scoring with Ransom assisting fellow attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate), followed by midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College), to give the Clan an early 2-0 lead. Despite controlling the initial pace to start the match-up, Fraser would begin to play unsettled, opening the door for Davenport to even the score at 2-2 to end the first quarter on goals by Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, MI / Forest Hills Eastern) and Chapin White (Clarkston, MI / Clarkston, HS).
Ransom would again kick-start the scoring in the second frame, this time feeding freshman midfielder Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) for the first goal of his collegiate career, to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Multiple turnovers by the Clan would hand Davenport the momentum the rest of the half, allowing the Panthers to go on a 5-goal run to lead 7-3 at the intermission.
In familiar territory down 4-goals, after trailing Michigan State 6-2 the day prior, two more goals by DU out of the break would extend the Davenport lead to six at 9-3 to start the third quarter and cap-off a 7-0 run for the Panthers. The Clan would slowly begin to mount their second straight comeback attempt, with Ransom finding junior Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate), followed-up by Clare’s second of the game, to close the score to 9-5, but a final goal by DU attackman Lyle Parks (Troy, MI / Troy MI) would temporarily stall the Clan efforts and provide Davenport with some breathing room at 10-5 heading down the stretch.
Simon Fraser once again appeared to flip the switch in the final period, regaining their form displayed early in the match-up and racing out with four unanswered goals to make things interesting at 10-9 with little time left on the clock. Sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) initiated the Clan run, backed-up by continued strong play from Ransom with an assist to freshman Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) sandwiched between two goals of his own, to narrow the gap to a single goal. Unfortunately for SFU, it would be too little, too late, as Parks would continue to play spoiler, adding his game-high third goal of the game to seal the Panthers’ win by a final score of 11-9.
Davenport will look to add to their OOC resume when they return to action on April 5 to take on No. 23 Virginia Tech. SFU will now enter an important stretch of four straight Divisional games starting with Washington at home on April 6, as the Clan look to claim their sixth straight regular season title in the PNCLL North.
SIMON FRASER (7-5) 2-1-2-4/9
DAVENPORT (7-2) 2-5-3-1/11
GOALS: SFU: Clare-2, Ransom-2, Branting, Davalos, Hayes, Lashar, Spencer. DU: Parks-3, Boggiano-2, White-2, Adkins, Cross, Hume, Richtsmeier.
ASSISTS: SFU: Ransom-4, Farrell. DU: Richtsmeier-2, Hume, Fata.
– Clan goaltenders Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) and Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) continued to share the SFU net make 4 saves with 7 goals against, and 8 saves with 4 goals against, while playing the first and second halves respectively.
– Simon Fraser picked-up 39 ground balls. Sophomore attackman Ward Spencer led the Clan with 6, followed by four SFU players each with 4: Travis Hayes, Marcus Quon (Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary), Alex Thomson (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) and Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS).
– SFU went a combined 13 of 23 on draws, winning 57% of the game’s face-offs. Clare continued to carry the bulk of the workload going 8 of 13 (62%), while sophomore James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) – 3/6 and freshmen Marcus Quon – 2/4, both went 50% in relief.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Davenport: “Davenport is very dangerous in transition and really likes to push the pace. Normally this would fit in well with our style of lacrosse but today we lost sight of what makes us successful in between the lines and allowed them to run away from us, leading to several goals on the fast break. The Panthers also did a good job of forcing us to take a lot of shots from the outside, while Lindstrom robbed us from gaining any momentum when DU was going on their run in the second quarter, creating too big of a hole for us to climb out of over the back half.”
On Simon Fraser: “It would be easy to blame today’s loss on the potential let down from coming off of yesterday’s big win over Michigan State but we plain and simple didn’t show the level of focus and execution that we needed to. The first two goals seemed to come easy for us and from there we simply strayed away from our game plan. As still a relatively young team, that is something that has haunted us at different points of the season but fortunately for the most part we have been able to deal with it and comeback in the games when we needed to. Hopefully this will be the last set back of that nature in our learning process and we will be able to look back on this loss as one that made us stronger heading into next month’s stretch run.”
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.