No. 23 SFU Downs Montana to End Regular Season

Clan midfielder Casey Foster continued to have one of the stronger games of his freshman season, scoring his second of the game and then assisting on Calvin Craig's fifth to put SFU up 19-11 and open the door for junior goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) to take over the Clan net with 6:44 left to play.

Despite the goaltender change, Montana refused to roll over as a goal by Shelso and consecutive markers by Bishop, his fifth and sixth of a game-high 6 goals, capped off a late 3-0 Griz run to decrease the deficit to five. Looking to seal the deal, Ransom assisted on a goal by Vickars to make it 20-14 before Reuter scored his second of the game to bring Montana back to within five and end the game with a final score of 20-15.

The loss drops the Griz to 2-12 on the year and ends their season at the bottom of the PNCLL North with a divisional record of 0-4, while the win sees Simon Fraser finish at the top of the PNCLL North for the second consecutive year following the conference realignment, marking the Clan's fifth straight regular season divisional title dating back to 2008.

SFU will now look to extend their season as they move on to face the PNCLL South's No. 2 seed Oregon State in the Final Four Conference Tournament. This will be a highly anticipated rematch between the two squads following the Beavers 13-6 upset of the Clan the last time the two teams met in February.

Currently ranked No. 23 in the Nike Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Coaches Poll, Simon Fraser will almost certainly have to win the Conference Tournament in order to advance to the MCLA National Championships May 14-19 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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2012-05-01



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