FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: La Costa Canyon High School (Carlsbad, CA)
Score: Simon Fraser University 11, #5 Chapman University 13
Record: SFU (3-5, 0-0 PNCLL North), CU (11-2, 1-0 SLC)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, March 25, 2012, 1:00pm PST – vs. #19 Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles, CA
CARLSBAD, CA (March 25, 2012) – Leading 2-0 after the first quarter and 6-5 at the half, Simon Fraser would continue to show that they can compete with the MCLA’s best but would once again fall just short of knocking off their first Top 10 opponent of 2012 as No. 5 Chapman broke open a 10-10 game in the fourth quarter to claim a 13-11 win. Sophomore attackman Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) led the Clan with 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist, while freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 3g, 1a and junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 2g, 2a also had outstanding games offensively with 4 points each. The loss was Fraser’s third to a Top 5 opponent this season, with a -13 goal differential in those three games, including an 11-4 loss to current No. 1 Colorado State and a 14-10 loss to No. 3 Brigham Young.
Both teams came flying out of the gate but an unexpected defensive battle to start the contest kept a low scoring first quarter close over the opening 15:00 minutes. Simon Fraser drew first blood as Dow converted a pass from Clare, then Clare scored off of a feed from Craig to put the Clan up 2-0 heading into the second frame. Chapman would begin to catch fire in the second quarter as a 4-goal run, fueled by 2 goals on the man-up, put the Panthers up 4-2. The momentum would continue to shift back and forth as consecutive goals by Craig, the first on the man-up and the second off a feed from Dow, would be part of a 3-goal SFU run, capped off by a goal in transition from freshman midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier) to reclaim the Clan lead at 5-4. Chapman attack Andrew Clayton (Lake Oswego, OR / Lakeridge HS) knotted the two teams at 5-5 before Dow’s second of the game, assisted by Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) put Fraser up by a score of 6-5 at the break.
Special teams would continue to kick start the scoring in the second half, as Sam Cemo (Sacramento, CA / Jesuit Sacramento HS) scored on a Chapman man-up, with Craig responding on a Clan man-advantage to complete the hattrick and keep SFU ahead at 7-6. Another 3-goal run would see the Panthers pull ahead by two at 9-7 until back-to-back goals by junior Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey High School), assisted by Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) on the man-up, followed by Clare at even strength re-tied the game at 9-9. Chapman midfielder Ryan Hellmich (Lake Forest, CA / El Toro HS) would score his first of two second-half goals to close out the third quarter scoring and put the Panthers up by one heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter would continue the games hurried pace as Clare scored his third of the game to draw the two teams back to even at 10-10 and set the stage for a dynamic finish. Having slowed the high powered Chapman offense down for most of the game, Simon Fraser would be unable to stall the Panthers down the stretch as a string of goals by AJ Rafter (Tustin, CA / Tustin HS), Hellmich and Madison Fiore (Las Vegas, NV / Faith Lutheran HS) put the hometown squad up by three midway through the fourth quarter. Craig and Dow would connect one more time to give the Clan life down by two with just over 6:00 minutes left to play but neither team would get back on the scoreboard as more back-and-forth play resulted in a 13-11 finish.
Simon Fraser nor Chapman would have to wait long to get back in action as Chapman traveled to San Diego (W 13-5) the next day on Saturday, March 24 and the Clan wrapped up their trip to The Golden State with a game against No. 19 Loyola Marymount (W 10-9) on Sunday, March 25.
SIMON FRASER (3-6) 2-4-3-2/11
CHAPMAN (11-2) 0-5-5-3/13
GOALS: SFU: Craig-4, Clare-3, Dow-2, Foster, Ransom. CU (Unofficial): Clayton-2, Fiore-2, Hellmich-2, Rafter-2, Andrews, Ankarlo, Brody, Cemo, Shields.
ASSISTS: SFU: Dow-2, Clare, Craig, Spencer, Vickars. CU (Unofficial): Not available.
- Simon Fraser continued to be plagued with injuries as the Clan dressed a season-low 22 players. Junior defender Sam Biagioni (Surrey, BC / Fraser Height Secondary), attack Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) and fellow sophomores Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) were all sidelined due to injury. All four players have spent time as starters for the Clan, while Koesdibyo has yet to play a game in 2012 after registering 75 points (41g, 34a) last season as a freshman.
- Special teams figured prominently in the scoring with each team registering 3 goals with the man-advantage.
- Fraser’s 11 goals are the second highest total allowed by Chapman so far this season, with only the defending MCLA Champions and current No. 3 BYU eclipsing that total with a 12-11 overtime win over the Panthers earlier this season.
- SFU picked up 34 ground balls. Freshman defender Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) led the Clan with 8, while LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) and fellow sophomore, goaltender Darren Zwack each chipped in with 6.
- Zwack made his sixth consecutive start in the Clan net, recording double-digits in saves (11) for the seventh time this season, despite a .458 save percentage against the sharp shooting Panthers.
- Chapman controlled the face-off x for the majority of the game winning 73% of the draws. Clare and freshman James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) continued to split the Clan’s face-off duties in the absence of Weselowski, finishing 3 for 12 and 4 for 14 respectively.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Chapman: ”Chapman has been a perennial Top 5 team the past few seasons for a reason. They play a very high tempo style, up and down the field and while we were able to slow them down during stretches of today’s game we knew that we would have to limit their runs offensively if we were going to trade punches. While we avoided the knockout, in the end we allowed the Panthers to have the last major swing of momentum which let them to pull away just enough for the win.”
On Simon Fraser: ”We are proud of the way that we competed but came into today’s game believing that we could win so ultimately there is still some disappointment with continuing to develop the killer instinct that is going to help us rise back up to where we want to be at the top of MCLA. We have really expedited our learning curve over the past few weeks but are now at the point of our season where no one in our locker room is satisfied with anything less than a victory. As a coaching staff, we were pleased with our play in transition and how we responded to adversity throughout the game so remain confident that this will be another experience that will continue to get us a step closer to achieving our goals.”
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse is competing in its seventeenth season in 2012 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. The Clan proudly wear equipment and apparel by Harrow Sports and Cascade helmets.