No. 22 Simon Fraser Edged 9-8 by No. 7 Oregon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: UO Lacrosse Field, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
Score: No. 22 Simon Fraser University 11, Oregon State 8
Record: SFU (2-1, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), UO (2-0, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I South)
Next SFU Game: Friday, February 15, 2013, 8:00pm PST – vs. Chico State University – Chico, CA (University Stadium)
BURNABY, BC (February 14, 2013) – Despite outscoring No. 7 Oregon 5-3 in the second half, No. 22 Simon Fraser would fall to 2-1 on the season with a narrow 9-8 loss, as the Ducks hung on to a 6-3 halftime advantage and staved off a final Clan comeback attempt following a SFU time-out in the offensive zone with 17 seconds left on the clock. Fraser was led by freshman midfielder Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) – 2g and senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 2g, who paced the Clan with two goals apiece. SFU also received strong secondary scoring with sophomores Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 1g, 1a and Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) – 1g, 1a, joining senior Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 1g, 1a, each with a goal and an assist. The PNCLL cross-Divisional contest was broadcast live nationally on Laxx.TV.
The game would get off to a sloppy start as both teams searched for composure in the opening minutes. Oregon would be first to find their footing with senior attackman Matt Johnson (Eugene, OR / Sheldon HS) converting a solo effort to put the Ducks up 1-0. Branting would score his first of the game on an outside shot to even the score at 1-1, followed by UO freshman midfielder Taylor White (Annapolis, MD / St. Mary’s HS), and Johnson with his second of the day on the man-up, to move Oregon ahead 3-1. Clare would find Dow open on the crease to bring the Clan back to within one at 3-2, before Johnson completed the first quarter hattrick, giving the Ducks a 4-2 lead after 15:00 minutes.
After both teams looked to have found their scoring touch, the pace would slow down considerably on the scoreboard in the second quarter. A UO man-up would spark the Duck offense and end a relatively long scoreless stretch as Johnson added his fourth of the day, followed by junior attackman Benton Souers (Lake Oswego, OR / Lakeridge HS) at even strength, to give Oregon their largest lead at 6-2. Clare would add one more for SFU to close out the half and narrow the gap to 6-3 at the intermission.
Looking to find their rhythm, Simon Fraser would appear much more relaxed out of the break and begin to go on the offensive with Dow scoring his second of the game to give the Clan some life at 6-4. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Proceviat (Palo Alto, CA / Palo Alto HS) would answer back for the Ducks at 7-4. Undeterred by the UO counter, SFU would continue to push the tempo, scoring consecutively on goals by Branting and junior midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michaels College) to move the Clan to within one at 7-6 to end the third quarter and set the stage for a dramatic finish.
Freshman attack Jake Marcy (Portland, OR / Lincoln HS) would give Oregon some breathing room at 8-6 to start the fourth quarter. The storied rivals would continue trading goals with Spencer finishing a cross-crease pass from Ransom to make it 8-7, followed by Sours scoring his third of the game to regain a two-goal lead for the Ducks at 9-7. In what was a physical contest from start to finish, the officials would begin to crack down in the final frame, handing both teams several penalties down the stretch. The increase in flags would be unable to cage the competitiveness from either side as the back-and-forth action continued, leading to another Clan goal, this time Spencer feeding Ransom, to once again make it a one-goal game with just under 0:30 seconds left to play. SFU would win the ensuing face-off and immediately call a time-out upon entering the offensive zone to give the Clan one final possession to try and tie the game. Fraser would work the ball in from behind out of the time-out but would be unable to solve the Duck defense, falling by a final score of 9-8.
Oregon junior netminder Stephen Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, PA / Germantown Academy) made several close range saves to keep the score in the Ducks favor posting a .636 save percentage, while Clan junior Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS) also went the distance making 10 saves for a save percentage of .526.
Next up, the Clan will continue down the I-5 to Chico, California where they will face No. 25 Chico State University on Friday evening (February 15). The Ducks will also hit the road down to the Golden State where they will face No. 4 Chapman on Saturday, February 16, followed by No. 11 Stanford on Sunday, February 17 as part of the annual Pac-12 Shootout, hosted this year by UCLA.
SIMON FRASER (2-1) 2-1-3-2/8
OREGON (2-0) 4-2-1-2/9
GOALS: SFU: Brandting-2, Dow-2, Clare, Farrell, Ransom, Spencer. UO: Johnson-4, Souers-2, Marcy, Proceviat, White.
ASSISTS: SFU: Bohl, Clare, Ransom, Spencer. UO: Burke, Johnson, Marcy, Merritt, O’Rourke.
– Simon Fraser outshot Oregon 48-26, holding a 31-12 advantage in the second half.
– The Clan and Ducks were even on the ground, with each side picking up 30 groundballs. Clare and junior LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS) led the Clan with 4 groundballs each, while Zwack picked-up 3 outside his crease.
SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins
On Oregon: “Oregon once again has some top end talent on both sides of the ball. They didn’t return a lot of firepower on offence but have some very good underclassmen who look more than capable of stepping in and putting up offensive numbers. From a conference perspective it is great to see the Ducks ready to compete under Coach Keebler and we will look forward to hopefully earning a rematch come May.”
On Simon Fraser: “I think that, as a group, we are all disappointed with our performance in the first half. We still didn’t execute at the level that we feel that we are capable of in the third and fourth quarters but it did take a lot of character to claw our way back and that is something that we will look to continue to build upon heading into our next game versus Chico State. Win or lose, we want to take something away from each game and even though this loss is tough to swallow, we still feel that we are coming away from this game as a better team than when we started and this will ultimately make us more prepared for the remaining games on our schedule.”
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.