PR – No. 18 Clan right ship, open season with win over Vikings

No. 18 Simon Fraser opened the 2012 regular season on Saturday, February 4 with a 16-12 win over regional PNCLL Division II opponent Western Washington. They will face MCLA D1 National Champion Brigham Young on Saturday and Boise State on Sunday.
2012 SFU vs Western Washington
SFU vs Western Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
(Photographer: Joyce Simons)

Event : Men’s Lacrosse
Site : Terry Fox Field, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Score : No. 18 Simon Fraser University 16, Western Washington 12
Record : SFU (1-0, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I), WWU (0-1, 0-0 PNCLL Div. II)
Next SFU Game : Saturday, February 11, 2012, 2:00pm MST – vs. No. 1 Brigham Young University – Boise, Idaho (Bronco Stadium)


2012 SFU vs Western Washington
SFU vs Western Washington

BURNABY, BC (February 8, 2012) – No. 18 Simon Fraser opened the 2012 regular season on Saturday, February 4 with a 16-12 win over regional PNCLL Division II opponent Western Washington. Five different Clan players posted multi-point games, led by sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) who registered a game-high 7 points with 6 goals and 1 assist. Freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 3g and junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 1g, 2a each contributed 3 point efforts in the win, while a total of nine SFU players featured in the Clan’s scoring. The game, played in front of approximately 150 fans on a warm and sunny day at SFU’s Terry Fox Field, marked the Clan’s 17th straight opening day victory, a streak dating back to the inception of the program in 1996.

With only six players gone from last season and no seniors on the Clan’s 2012 roster, Fraser continues to expect big things from their underclassmen, with three freshmen, three sophomores and four juniors in their starting line-up to begin the year. Craig, who lead the MCLA in both Goals (100) and Points (132) in 2011, provided a familiar face to open the scoring as the sophomore featured in all of Fraser’s first 5 goals, scoring 4-times and adding one helper, to put the Clan up 4-0 after 15:00 minutes and 5-1 early in the second quarter. From there the tide would begin to change in the Vikings favor as 9:00 minutes in first half penalties, including 5:30 in the second frame, would begin to take their toll, propelling a 7-1 Western Washington run and putting SFU down 8-6 at the break.

Battling through the adversity, Simon Fraser would regain their composure out of halftime, scoring the first four goals of the third quarter and regaining the lead at 10-8. With all the momentum in the second quarter, Western Washington would be unable to keep pace with Fraser’s offense down the stretch, as the Clan outscored WWU 10-4 over the final 30:00 minutes to claim the 16-12 win.

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Despite outscoring the Vikings 14-4 over three quarters, a disastrous second quarter would put the Clan on their heels at the midway point of the game and reignite a long standing rivalry between the regional foes. Fraser will need to learn from their mistakes quickly as they travel to Boise, Idaho this Thursday to play the defending MCLA National Champion, Brigham Young Cougars in a neutral site contest on Saturday, February 11, before facing-off against the host Boise State Broncos the following day on Sunday, February 12. Both games will be played on the famous blue turf inside Bronco Stadium.

For further information on Simon Fraser men’s lacrosse please visit www.sfulacrosse.com or follow the Clan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/fraserlacrosse.

SIMON FRASER (1-0) 4-2-4-6/16
WESTERN WASHINGTON (0-1) 0-8-1-3/12

GOALS : SFU : Craig-6, Clare-3, Dow, Farrell, Hilker, Ransom, Vickars, Ward, Weselowski. WWU : Hatcher-4, Gaddy-2, J. Goodman-2, Harvey-2, Hoffman, Stafford.

ASSISTS : SFU : Dow-2, Craig, Farrell, Weselowski. WWU : Bludorn, J. Goodman, J. Stafford.

NOTES
– Fraser dressed 23 players to open the season, consisting of 6 upperclassmen and 17 underclassmen. The Clan currently have 28 players on their roster; not dressed was freshman Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS) and sophomores Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC / Dover Bay Secondary) and Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate). First-year defenders Quinn Beechinor (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Connor Jensen (North Vancouver, BC / Windsor Secondary) will both redshirt the 2012 season.

– SFU, the only Canadian member institution of the MCLA, has a program-high four US-born players on their 2012 roster: Rolando Aldana (Berkeley, CA / Berkeley High School), 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, three are from then Canadian Province of Alberta, fifteen from British Columbia, two from Ontario and four from Saskatchewan.

– Junior Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) made the start in goal, playing the opening 30:00 minutes and making 6 saves with 8 goals against (.429 Save %). Sophomore Darren Zwack came in at the half, backstopping the Clan over the remaining two quarters and making 6 saves with 4 goals against (.600 Save %).

– Clan freshmen Sam Clare – 3g, Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) – 1g, Iain Vickers (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) – 1g, and Ward Spencer Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) – 1g all scored their first collegiate points.

– SFU registered 39 ground balls. Sophomore Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge, BC / Meadowridge School) and freshman Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary) led the way for the Clan with 7 and 6 ground balls respectively, while Craig, Hilker and Middleton all chipped in with 4 ground balls apiece.

– Fraser won 59% of the games face-offs. Weselowski won 14 of 25 (56%), with freshman Sam Clare finishing 3 of 4 (75%) in relief.

QUOTES

SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Western Washington : “Western Washington deserves full credit for their play in the second quarter and keeping the game close for most of the contest. They have a very talented freshmen class that really challenged our defenders and forced us to work through some early season rust. Coach Feld has done an outstanding job of preparing another young group for the season and the Vikings look to be a team that will battle hard to climb the ladder in Division II this year.”

On Simon Fraser : “We slowly got into a rhythm in the first quarter but then really struggled in trying to adjust once we got into some penalty trouble. We had a great talk at halftime and, as a coaching staff, are really proud of the way the team responded in the third and fourth quarters. We were forced to battle through some adversity and that is only going to help us at this point in the season. Overall we will learn from what we feel was a good first performance and strive to keep building and growing as a team, as we look forward to some challenging match-ups on the front-end of our schedule.”

ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse will compete 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.

For further information on Simon Fraser men’s lacrosse please visit www.sfulacrosse.com or follow the Clan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/fraserlacrosse.

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