Simon Fraser Splits Games with Oregon and Cal Poly

BURNABY, BC (April 12, 2011) Ranked No. 16 heading into the weekend, Simon Fraser fell to conference rival No. 15 Oregon (22-14) on Friday, April 8 before rebounding the next day to claim an important out of conference victory versus No. 7 Cal Poly (17-15).

Both games were played on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, with the Ducks also defeating Cal Poly (7-6) on Sunday, April 10 as part of a three-game round robin. The weekend split moved the Clan (5-6, 1-0 PNCLL North) up to No. 15 in the latest Prodigy Top 25 Poll (April 12, 2011), while Oregon's (7-6, 2-0 PNCLL South) two wins saw them climb to No. 13, two spots behind Cal Poly (10-4, 3-0 WCLL) who dropped to No. 11 with the back-to-back losses.

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In a non-divisional match-up between the PNCLL's top teams, a back-and-forth first quarter would see Oregon up 5-4 after fifteen minutes. An early possession for the Clan led to Fraser's Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) opening the scoring with Oregon's Kevin Clarke (Beaverton, OR/Southridge High School) putting the Duck's on the board at 1-1.

Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) made it 2-1 for SFU before consecutive goals by Danny Parcell (Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeridge High School) and Spencer Robertson (San Diego, CA/La Jolla High School) gave Oregon their first lead at 3-2. The two teams would continue to trade goals for the remainder of the period with each team scoring twice to maintain a one-goal advantage for UO at 5-4 heading into the second quarter.

Oregon attackman Corbin Root (Seattle, WA/Nathan Hale High School) looked to maintain momentum by extending the Duck lead to two out of the break. Down 6-4, SFU would instead shift the tides in their favor, as a more settled approach fueled a commanding 4-0 run to put the Clan up 8-6 at the half.

Heading into the back half, Fraser was unable to carry over their composure from the second quarter and three unanswered Oregon goals immediately put the Clan on their heels as they forfeited a two-goal lead to now trail 9-8 early in the third. The Clan momentarily regained their footing, as Craig brought SFU back to even at 9-9 and 10-10 before another 3-1 run put the Ducks ahead at 13-11 entering the final frame.

Looking to close the gap by starting the fourth quarter on the man-up, SFU would instead give-up a goal short-handed to extend the Duck lead to three. Frustration seemed to boil over for the Clan, as an SFU penalty following the goal would lead to Oregon getting back on the board, this time with the man-advantage, to make the score 15-11. The Clan inched back at 15-12 before another three-goal UO run, capped-off by an additional man-up marker on an SFU two-minute unreleasable penalty, seemed to seal the Clan's fate at 18-12. The Ducks would outscore Simon Fraser 4-2 the rest of the way to claim the 22-14 win.

After leading 8-6 at the half, SFU was outscored 16-6 over the final two quarters, giving up three goals while they were short-handed and one goal on the man-up. Freshman attack Calvin Craig continued his impressive play for the Clan, leading all scorers with 7 points on 6 goals and 1 assist, while sophomore Colton Dow added 3 goals in the loss. Kevin Clark led Oregon with 6 points (3g, 3a), while juniors Matt Johnson (Eugene, OR/Sheldon High School) and Spencer Robinson each added 4 goals and 1 assist.

SIMON FRASER (4-6) 4-4-3-3/14
OREGON (6-6) 5-1-7-9/22

GOALS: SFU: Craig-6, Dow-3, Koesdibyo-2, Genereux, Mills, Weselowski. UO: Johnson-4, Robertson-4, Clark-3, Eckenroad-3, Osip-2, Paik-2, Purcell-2, Merritt, Root.

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