FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse (MCLA Division I)
Site: Salem Academy (Salem, OR)
Score: Simon Fraser University 8, #18 University of Illinois 4
Record: SFU (3-5, 0-0 PNCLL North), UI (2-2, 0-0 GRLC East)
Next SFU Game: Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:30pm PST – vs. #5 Chapman University – Carlsbad, CA (La Costa Canyon HS)
SALEM, OR (March 18, 2012) – A game after their first out-of-conference win of the season, Simon Fraser earned their first Top 25 victory of 2012 as the Clan knocked off No. 18 Illinois 8-4. Fraser was led offensively by junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) with 2 goals and an assist, while midfielders Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michael’s College School) and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) each contributed two points with a goal and an assist. Fraser’s defense offered the games’ biggest story line as the starting unit of Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary), Mitch Frank (Burnaby, BC / St. Thomas More Collegiate) and converted midfielder Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) held the Fighting Illini to 2 goals until late in the contest, with only 1 coming at even strength. LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) continued his strong play in transition, while fellow sophomore Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) posted a career high save percentage of .826 as he backstopped the Clan with 19 saves. The game was played neutral site at Salem Academy in Salem, Oregon.
Illinois midfielder Jeremy Weier (West Chicago, IL / Carol Stream HS) opened the scoring to record the only goal of the first quarter and give the Illini their lone lead of the contest. In the second frame, Ransom fed Dow on the man-up to get Fraser on the board at 1-1, followed by Dow assisting on a goal by sophomore midfielder Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) to put the Clan ahead 2-1 at the half.[stu alias="fivestar1"][/stu]
Despite the low offensive output, SFU maintained their patience with the ball, while a renewed effort on the ride allowed the Clan to continue to control the time of possession out of the break. Sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) used a solo effort to put SFU up 3-1, until sophomore attack Sam Weintstein (Northbrook, IL / Glenbrook North HS) converted an Illinois man-up to close the gap back to one at 3-2. Fraser sophomore Brendan Farrell drove from the midfield and put a bounce shot into the back of the Illini net to close out the third quarter scoring and extend the Clan lead back to two at 4-2 heading down the stretch.
For the second straight game Simon Fraser would use a strong fourth quarter to close out their opponent. Dow scored his second of the game to reset the sore to 5-2, before freshmen midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier HS) gave Fraser their largest lead of the day at 6-2. A two-man advantage would allow Illinois back on the board and gave the Fighting Illini life at 6-3 but another two-goal SFU run would quickly put the Clan back in charge as the clock ticked down to the final minutes. Illinois would score once more before time expired for a final score of 8-4.
Simon Fraser will look to continue their strong play as they take a two-game win streak to California where they will be put to the test against No. 5 Chapman on Friday, March 23, before facing-off against their third straight ranked opponent in No. 21 Loyola Marymount on Sunday, March 25. Illinois will enjoy the next three days in the Pacific Northwest to conclude their spring break before heading home where they will host Western Michigan University in their next game on Saturday, March 31.
SIMON FRASER (3-5) 0-2-2-4/8
ILLINOIS (2-2) 1-0-1-2/4
GOALS: SFU: Dow-2, Craig, Davalos, Farrell, Foster, Potiaev, Ransom. UI: Weinstein-2, Blouin, Weier.
ASSISTS: SFU: Dow, Farrell, Ransom. UI: Blouin, Weinstein.
– Simon Fraser dressed a season-low 23 players, with all 21 runners registering minutes. Attackman 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.
– Illinois’ 4 goals are the lowest that Fraser has held a ranked opponent to in program history. It also represents a season low for the Clan.
– Zwack’s .826 save percentage marks the highest single-game save percentage versus a ranked opponent in program history.
– Freshman midfielder Jaan Potiaev (New Westminster, BC / New Westminster Secondary) registered the first point of his collegiate career with a goal in the fourth quarter.
– SFU picked up 27 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) led the Clan with 4, while Calvin Craig and Darren Zwack each chipped in with 3.
– Illinois 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) split the Clan’s face-off duties finishing 2 for 9 and 2 for 6 respectively.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Illinois: “Illinois has some talented players and is a solid team from top to bottom. Their defense really forced us to be patient with the ball and didn’t give up a lot of chances, especially in the first half. After not playing UI since 2008, we were really happy to be able to get the Fighting Illini on our schedule this season as the last couple of years they have been a team that we always seem to be close with in the polls. We appreciate Coach Dodson and his team making the trip to the Pacific Northwest and wish them the best of luck with the rest of their season.”
On Simon Fraser: “At this point in the season it’s about finding a way to win. We have been in tight with a number of top opponents already this year and as a team have raised our level of expectation that close was no longer good enough for what we want to achieve this season. Our mindset has been really focused at practice coming off of a bye week which really gave us an opportunity to drill down on certain areas of our game where we felt that we needed to be better. We all [coaches and players] watch video with each other each week so there has been a real clear consensus on what works and what doesn’t and that has been able to slowly translate over to our play. We were happy with aspects of our game on both sides of the ball today but what stood out the most was our team defense and ability to ride and wear Illinois down in the second half. Sometimes when things aren’t coming easily, you need to roll up your sleeves and go to work and that is what earned us the victory today.”
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.