Quick Sticks: Simon Fraser Runs Past Boise State

No. 20 Simon Fraser continued their strong start to the season by downing Boise State 14-6, to improve to 4-1 on the year.
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No. 20 Simon Fraser Runs Past Boise State 14-6

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

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Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Terry Fox Field, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Score: No. 20 Simon Fraser University 14, Boise State 6
Record: SFU (4-1, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I North), BSU (1-3, 0-0 PNCLL Div. I South)
Next SFU Game: Friday, March 1, 2013, 1:00pm PST – vs. University of Arizona – Burnaby, BC (SFU Terry Fox Field)

Simon Fraser Lacrosse

BURNABY, BC (February 24, 2013) – No. 20 Simon Fraser continued their strong start to the season by downing Boise State 14-6, to improve to 4-1 on the year. The Clan overwhelmed the Broncos in the midfield with Sam Clare (Ladner, BC / Vancouver College) – 4g, 1a, Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON / The Hill Academy) – 3g, 1a and Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC / Cowichan Secondary) – 2g, 2a combining for 13 points on the night. Fraser controlled the game from start to finish, outshooting Boise 60-19 over four quarters and recording 35 groundballs to the Broncos 18. Clan senior Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) made his second start of 2013 in net, earning the victory with 5 saves.

Bohl opened the scoring early in the contest, converting a cross-field pass from attackman Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey HS) to put the Clan up 1-0. Boise State attackman Karson Fullmer (Clarkston, UT / Sky View HS) then finished a drive from up top to tie the game at 1-1, followed by Clare with his first of the eveing out of a scramble in front of the Bronco net and sophomore attack Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK / Evan Hardy Collegiate) off of a strong solo effort from X, to pull the Clan ahead by a score of 3-1. BSU freshman midfielder Adam Smith (Mission Viejo, CA / Tesoro High School) would capitalize on the man-up to draw the Bronco’s back to within one and end the quarter at 3-2.

Fraser would continue to pull away in the second, outscoring Boise 3-0 to take a 6-2 lead into the intermission. Clare scored the Clan’s fourth goal of the evening on a fast break, with Branting and Spencer adding consecutive goals on the man-up to complete the SFU run.

Looking to spark some offense, Boise State leading scorer Gunnar Guth (Rodando Beach, CA / Rodando Union HS) scored his only goal of the contest to make it 6-3 out of the break but SFU would refuse to open the door, going on another 3-goal run on goals by Ransom and back-to-back goals by Bohl to extend the Clan lead to six at 9-3. BSU’s Smith would add one more to close out the third quarter with the Broncos trailing 9-4.

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Branting would help carry the Clan offense down the stretch assisting Clare’s third goal on the man-up, followed by Smith answering back for the Broncos with his hattrick at even strength and Branting scoring his second with the man advantage to reset the score at 11-5. Branting would then assist Clare on the Clan’s third man-up goal of the quarter to push the SFU lead to seven at 12-5. Special teams would continue to be the theme of the quarter as Boise State freshman midfielder John Neal III (Baltimore, MD / Harford Tech) converted a Bronco extra-man opportunity at 12-6. SFU junior LSM Riley Wanzer would then add another for the Clan shorthanded, followed by freshman Marcus Quon (Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary) gathering up his own rebound to score the second goal of his young collegiate career and cap a 5-2 quarter for Simon Fraser, ending the PNCLL North/South match-up with a final score of 14-6.

SFU will continue to stay busy early in the season as they host No. 24 Arizona on Terry Fox Field this Friday, March 1 at 1:00pm. The out-of-conference game versus the Wildcats will kick-off a challenging month for the Clan as they spend the next six games on the road versus No. 1 Colorado State (March 9), No. 5 Colorado (March 10), No. 11 Virginia Tech (March 11 @ Colorado), Illinois (March 28), No. 6 Michigan State (March 30) and No. 25 Davenport (March 31). The Broncos will also continue to test their metal as they host No. 5 Colorado (March 1) and No. 8 Oregon (March 3) next weekend on “The Blue” inside Bronco Stadium.

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

SIMON FRASER (4-1) 3-3-3-5/14
BOISE STATE (1-3) 2-0-2-2/6

GOALS: SFU: Clare-4, Bohl-3, Branting-2, Spencer-2, Quon, Ransom, Wanzer. BSU: Smith-3, Fullmer, G. Guth, Neal III.

ASSISTS: SFU: Branting-2, Dow-2, Bohl, Clare, Ransom. BSU: Guth.


– In total, the two teams registered 25:00 minutes in penalties with SFU assessed 12:00 minutes to the Broncos 13:00. Special team units accounted for 8 of the games 20 goals with the Clan scoring 5 with the man advantage and 1 shorthanded, while Boise State counted 2 of their 6 goals on the man-up.

– Wanzer and Clare shared the Clan lead in groundballs with 5, remaining one apart on the season with a team-leading 26 and 25 ground balls respectively. Sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes who sits third on the team with 17, continued to keep pace with 4 ground balls on the evening.

– The Clan controlled all but one statistical category, as they were held subordinate by Boise State at the face-off box going an underachieving 36%. Sophomore James Irwin (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby South Secondary)  was the best of four SFU drawmen at 50% on 5 of 10 draws, while Clare finished 2 of 9, Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate) 1 of 2 and Marcus Quon 0 for 1.


SFU Head Coach Brent Hoskins

On Boise State: “Boise State has gotten off to a slow start this year but they have a number of talented freshmen that could help the Broncos challenge for a play-off spot later this season as they continue to gain more experience. BSU continues to schedule very aggressively which is something that we also believe in. This can definitely sharpen the learning curve and create some bumps along the way, but ultimately, it is also the only way to get better.”

On Simon Fraser: “We always try and keep our focus looking forward but I know that there were a couple opponents from last season that our returners had circled on their schedules this year to try and earn some redemption. After slow starts in our last two match-ups, we talked before the game about getting back to playing a full 60:00 minutes and I think that we achieved that tonight with what was a solid team performance.”

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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