Quick Sticks: Simon Fraser Knocks Off Virginia Tech

Simon Fraser responded to being unexpectedly dropped from this week’s Nike Top 25 Poll by knocking off No. 14 Virginia Tech 11-9, in a neutral site contest in Boulder, CO on Tuesday, March 12.
Simon Fraser Knocks Off Virginia Tech

Simon Fraser knocks of No. 14 Virginia Tech

By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations
Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse

Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Kittredge Field, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
Score: Simon Fraser University 11, No. 14 Virginia Tech 9
Record: SFU (5-4, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), VT (4-3, 2-0 SELC)
Next SFU Game: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:30pm CDT – vs. University of Illinois – Champagne, IL (University of Illinois)

BOULDER, CO (March 13, 2013) – Simon Fraser responded to being unexpectedly dropped from this week’s Nike / Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Poll by knocking off No. 14 Virginia Tech 11-9, in a neutral site contest in Boulder, CO on Tuesday, March 12. After taking an initial lead of 3-0 to start the game, the Clan went on an 8-goal run in the second quarter to lead by as many as seven in the first half, holding the Hokies to five goals over the final 30:00 plus minutes to earn the important out-of-conference victory. Freshman Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON / The Hill Academy) led the Clan in scoring with 3 goals, while attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary) – 1g, 3a and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) – 2g, 2a, each registered 4 points in the match-up. The win is the Clan’s third over an opponent who has appeared in this season’s Top 25, with previous victories over former No. 25 Chico State and current No. 20 Oregon State.

Bohl opened the scoring on a mid-range shot from the side of the Virginia Tech net. Dow put Fraser ahead 2-0, and then assisted Ransom to give the Clan an early 3-goal advantage. Following a Virginia Tech time-out, the Hokies began to answer back, scoring twice on goals by midfielders Thomas Patterson (Knoxville, TN / Farragut HS) and Timothy Castaldo (Baltimore, MD / Harford HS) to end the first quarter, trailing SFU by one at 3-2.

The SELC powerhouse would continue their offensive in the second frame, as Preston Naslonski (Randolph, NJ / Randolph HS) scored just 0:08 seconds in, off of a fast break, to tie the game at 3-3. The Hokies would then take their first and only lead of the afternoon at 4-3 on a goal by defender Sean Meacham (Fairfax Station, VA / W.T. Woodson HS). Forcing an SFU time-out to try and refocus, an adjustment on offense would see the Clan catch fire the rest of the period, overpowering Virginia Tech with an 8-0 run to jump ahead by seven and reset the scoreboard to 11-4. Sophomore midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB / St. Francis Xavier) started the Fraser onslaught, followed by Bohl and then junior Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON / St. Michaels College) to put the Clan up 6-4. Ransom made it 7-4, backed-up by freshman midfielder Matt Bailey’s (Richmond, BC / H.J. Cambie Secondary) first goal of his collegiate career, to extend the SFU lead to four and double-up the Hokies at 8-4. The Clan would continue to capitalize, as freshman Andrew Branting would convert another SFU time-out to push the score to 9-4. Sophomore Travis Hayes would then score to make it 10-4, leading to Bohl’s hattrick marker, after a change of goalies, to put Simon Fraser in control 11-4. Hokie senior attackman Matt Giannelli (Bel Air, MD / John Carroll HS) scored to end the Clan run before the half and trail SFU 11-5 at the intermission.

Simon Fraser Knocks Off Virginia Tech

The goaltending change would pay-off for Virginia Tech in the second half, as Charlie Blakeley (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) held the Clan shooters at bay for the remainder of the contest, making several spectacular saves to keep the game within reach. A 1:00 minute unreleasable penalty to SFU, would open the door for the Hokies, as VT cashed in twice on the man-up on goals by Shane Arnold (Ellicott City, MD / Loyola Blakefield) and Naslonski, to close the gap to four at 11-7. Blakeley continued to help his team out on the scoreboard, this time rushing end-to-end short-handed before finding the SFU net, to decrease the deficit to three and end the third quarter with a score of 11-8.

With special teams headlining the third quarter, the two teams would continue to be deadlocked at even strength for the majority of the second half. A lone tally by Naslonski, with his third of the game, represented the only goal of the final frame, as the Fraser defense held strong the rest of the way to secure the win by a final score of 11-8.

SFU will now enter one of only two bye-weeks on the season, before concluding a challenging month back on the road with a trip to the Midwest where they will face perennial GRLC power Illinois on March 28, followed by two more ranked opponents in No. 11 Michigan State (March 30) and No. 25 Davenport (March 31).

Virginia Tech will now head home following an 0-3 trip to Colorado where they will host Ohio University on March 16 and No. 23 SUNY-Buffalo on March 17.

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

SIMON FRASER (5-4) 3-8-0-0/11
VIRGINIA TECH (4-3) 2-3-3-1/9

GOALS: SFU: Bohl-3, Ransom-2, M. Bailey, Branting, Dow, Farrell, Foster, Hayes. VT: Naslonski-3, Arnold, Blakeley, Castaldo, Giannelli, Meacham, Patterson.

ASSISTS: SFU: Dow-3, Ransom-2, Lashar. VT: Rittenhouse-2, Fletcher, Mayberry, Sutton.


– Fraser outshot Virginia Tech 48-29, including 23-7 over a decisive second quarter.

– Simon Fraser picked-up 50 groundballs. Sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) led the Clan with 6, while long poles Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC / Kalamalka Secondary), Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON / Clarington Central Secondary) and Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS), each had strong games in transition with 5.

– SFU also held an advantage over Virginia Tech at the face-off x, going a combined 14 of 23 (61%). Clare 6/10 = 60%, Irwin 4/7 = 57%, Quon 4/5 = 80%, J. Bailey 0/1.

– Clan goaltenders Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) and Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan HS), who had alternated starts on the Colorado trip, split time in Fraser’s final game versus Virginia Tech. Middleton played the first two quarters making 2 saves, with 5 goals against, while Zwack came in at the half making 3 saves, with 4 goals against.

– Freshman midfielder Matt Bailey registered the first the first point of his collegiate career with a goal in the second quarter.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Virginia Tech: “Virginia Tech is a very skilled team. They have some players with very good sticks and play a disciplined style of lacrosse, so we knew coming in that it was important to try and be better than them at the little things that could add up over the course of 60:00 minutes.”

On Simon Fraser: “We spend a lot of time working on our play in transition. This really paid off for us today as minus a couple of glaring breakdowns, our ride allowed us to spend a considerable amount of time in the offensive end, while limiting the Hokies looks with the ball. We also did a really good job of winning the intangible possessions on groundballs. We talked before the game that sometimes talent can even itself out, so you need to roll up your sleeves and go to work. We felt that we did that today and it is nice to go home with an important OOC [Out of Conference] win.”

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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