Quick Sticks: Simon Fraser Claims Top Spot in PNCLL North

Simon Fraser mounted a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter, on route to defeating Montana by a final score of 19-5.
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Simon Fraser defeats Montana 19-5 to Claim Top Spot in PNCLL North

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 19, University of Montana 5
Record: SFU (11-5, 4-0 PNCLL Div. I North), UM (5-8, 2-2 PNCLL Div. I North)
Next SFU Game: Saturday, May 4, 2012, 9:00pm PDT – PNCLL Semi-Final vs. #2S Oregon State University – Portland, OR (Wilsonville High School)

BURNABY, BC (April 23, 2013) – Simon Fraser mounted a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter, on route to defeating Montana by a final score of 19-5. The decisive victory earned the Clan their sixth straight divisional title, clinching top spot in the PNCLL North heading into the Final Four Conference Championships, May 4-5 at Wilsonville High School in Portland, Oregon. The win also climbed SFU up two spots to No. 17 in the latest Nike / Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Poll, released earlier today on MCLA.us.

Senior attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 3g, 2a, and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 2g, 3a, continued to lead Fraser offensively, on a day where 12 different Clan payers registered points. The 5 points each provided a memorable end to their final regular season game as part of Senior Day at Terry Fox Field, joining fellow fourth-year player, goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) who went the distance with 5 saves, to represent the three members of SFU’s 2013 Senior Class. Midfielders Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 3g, 1a, and Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) – 3g, also had strong games on the scoresheet, each with a hattrick to end the regular season.

Dow opened the scoring, casually rolling the ball into the Griz net, followed by a solo effort on a drive from fellow attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) to put the Clan up 2-0. Freshman attack Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC / Thomas Haney Secondary) then found sophomore midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier) who wired a shot past the Montana keeper to give Simon Fraser a 3-goal lead heading into the second frame.

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SFU would continue to dominate in the second quarter, outscoring the Griz 6-0 on goals by Ransom, Branting, freshman midfielder Jordan Stroup (Coquitlam, BC / Dr. Charles Best Secondary), Clare, Dow and sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA / Dublin HS), to showcase the Clan’s depth with six different SFU players finding the back of the visitor’s net.

Leading 9-0 out of the break, Ransom connected with Dow to cap-off a 10-0 SFU run to start the match-up. Montana midfielder Henry Bishop (Portland, OR / Chester HS) then beat a Clan double team in transition to finally get the Griz on the board at 10-1. The UM offensive would be short-lived as SFU went on another 4-goal run started by freshmen midfielder Matt Bailey (Richmond, BC / H.J. Cambie Secondary), followed by markers from Branting, Knuttila and Clare to extend the Fraser lead to thirteen at 14-1. UM midfielder Samuel Freihofer made it 14-2, before Clare concluded the third quarter scoring to put the Clan up by a commanding score of 15-2 heading down the stretch.

Freshman attack Tibor Van den Wildenbergh (Okotoks, AB / Foothills Composite HS), converted a pass from Ransom, to make it 16-2 to begin the fourth quarter. Montana then stringed together their only consecutive goals of the contest with freshman midfielder Cullen Weisbrod (Barrington, RI / Barrington HS) and Bishop scoring back-to-back to reset the score to 16-4. Ransom answered back to spark the Clan’s final run of the afternoon, followed-up by goals from Branting and junior attack Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK / Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) to sit Fraser ahead 19-4 going in to the games’ final minutes. Bishop would add his third of the day to bump up the Montana total and end the game with a final score of 19-5.

The stage is now set for the PNCLL Final Four Conference Championships with #2N Washington facing-off against tenth ranked #1S Oregon in the other Semi-Final Match-up, with the two winners meeting the following day on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm.

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 (11-5) 3-6-6-4/19
MONTANA (5-8) 0-0-2-3/5

GOALS: SFU: Branting-3, Clare-3, Dow-3, Ransom-2, M. Bailey, Davalos, Foster, Hayes, Knuttila, Spencer, Stroup, Van den Wildenbergh. UM: Bishop-3, Freihofer, Weisbrod.

ASSISTS: SFU: Ransom-3, Davalos-2, Dow-2, Clare, Foster, Knuttila. UM: None recorded.


– Simon Fraser recorded 60 ground balls. Midfielder Andrew Branting led the Clan with 5, while fellow freshmen Matt Bailey and Jordan Stroup each registered career-highs, joined by attackman Colton Dow and midfielders Travis Hayes and Marcus Quon, all with 4.

– SFU won 60% of the games face-offs, going 15 of 25. Sophomore Sam Clare led all drawmen at 70% (7 of 10), while sophomore James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary) – 4 of 7, and freshman Marcus Quon (Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary) – 4 of 8, finished 57% and 50% respectively.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Montana: “Montana plays a physical style of lacrosse that keeps them competing for a full four quarters. The Griz were young this year but showed a lot of potential that could have them back in contention as early as next season.”

On Simon Fraser: “We needed a win tonight to clinch first place in the North but it was also important to reestablish a level of focus and consistency that we know is going to be critical heading into playoffs. We were happy with our start over the first and second quarters, especially in our defensive end, and managed to maintain that momentum for much of the back half. Overall, tonight was a solid effort that carries on building on our foundation to ensure that we continue to peak at the right time of the year.”

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.

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