Simon Fraser Knocks off No. 14 Virginia Tech in Colorado

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.

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.


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