No. 16 Simon Fraser Downs No. 6 Oregon

BURNABY, BC (April 15, 2010) The No. 16 Simon Fraser men's lacrosse team defeated No. 6 University of Oregon 13-11 on Senior Day at Terry Fox Field on Sunday (April 11) in Burnaby, BC. The Clan improves to 5-6 overall and moves in to first place in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) with a 2-0 conference record while the Ducks fall to 7-4 on the season and 2-1 in the division.

Oregon jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Justin Eckenroad (Eugene, OR/Churchill High School) opened the scoring on a pass from Kevin Clark (Beaverton, OR/Southridge High School) just under 2:00 minutes in to the first quarter. Brett Whyte (Eugene, OR/Sheldon High School) won the ensuing face-off, taking the ball himself and scoring on the fast break to give the Ducks a two-goal advantage.

After two quick goals, both teams would settle in to offensive possessions until Simon Fraser broke open the scoring at the 8:58 mark of the opening frame. Ben Towner (Port Coquitlam, BC/Terry Fox Secondary) got SFU on the board and ignited a 8-1 Clan run that bridged the first and second quarters on route to a 8-3 halftime lead.

Eight different SFU players featured in the first half scoring. Highlighting the run were two man-down goals by the Clan, while the Ducks only second quarter tally came on the man-up. Towner and junior Ben Davies (New Westminster, BC/New Westminster Secondary) led the SFU charge with 2 goals and 1 assist each.

Defender Luke Genereux (Port Coquitlam, BC/Terry Fox Secondary), attack Chris Tessarolo (New Westminster, BC/New Westminster Secondary) and midfield Russel Thomas (Nanoose Bay, BC/Ballenas Secondary) each added 1 goal and 1 assist. Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary), Adam Foss (Cochrane, AB/Cochrane High School) and Kevin Riley (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) each chipped in with 1 assist.

Down by five heading in to the third quarter, Oregon would once again go on a two-goal run to open the second half scoring on goals by sophomores Corbin Root (Seattle, WA/Nathan Hale High School) and Chris Kuhn (Louisville, CO/Monarch High School). The early momentum for the Ducks would again be cut short by another Clan run as this time four unanswered goals extended the SFU lead to seven at a score of 12-5. UO would score once more with 2:00 left on the clock to round out the quarter at 12-6.

Holding a six-goal lead, the Clan would be dealt some adversity to start the fourth quarter as they were assessed a three-minute non-releasable stick penalty on a random stick check at the break. Oregon would be quick to capitalize on the man-advantage, scoring just 21 seconds in to the quarter to close the Clan lead to five. SFU would manage to kill-off the remaining time in the stick penalty, only to take another 1:00-minute slashing penalty shortly after the original infraction had expired.

The Ducks would again score on the extra man opportunity before adding two more goals at even strength to cap off a 5-0 run. Senior attack Adam Foss would score his second of the game with just under 5:00 minutes left to halt the Oregon come-back attempt and re-extend the lead to three before Duck midfielder Patrick San Jose (Eugene, OR/Churchill High School) completed the scoring for a final result of 13-11.

Kevin Clark led the Ducks with 2 goals and 3 assists, while fellow junior Justin Eckenroad led all goal scorers with 4 goals.

Towner totaled 3 goals and 2 assists, while Foss added 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Clan with 5 points each. Davies and Tessarolo each finished the day with 2 goals and 1 assist while Fraser was also helped offensively in transition through the pay of defender Luke Genereux with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Prior to the game Simon Fraser recognized their six senior players and their families. Adam Foss, Aidan Inglis (Edmonton, AB/Ross Sheppard High School), Kevin Riley, Mike Ripley (Saskatoon, SK/E.D. Feehan High School), Russel Thomas and Ben Towner each played their final home contest for the Clan.


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