Simon Fraser Has Win Streak Snapped at Davenport

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (April 4, 2013) Following consecutive wins over current No. 23 Virginia Tech (11-9), Illinois (7-2) and now No. 13 Michigan State (10-9), Simon Fraser had their three-game win streak snapped 10-8 by Davenport on Sunday, March 31, concluding a three-game swing through Illinois and Michigan that moved the Clan to 7-5 on the season.

With important out of conference (OOC) victories over Illinois and Michigan State, who was ranked No. 9 heading into their match-up the day prior, SFU moved up to No. 19 in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse MCLA Top 25 Poll, while Davenport climbed to No. 16 with the win.

Simon Fraser was once again led by senior attackman Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) 2g, 4a, who recorded his second straight 6-point outing, to improve his impressive total to 15 points (7g, 8a) on the trip (3 games). Davenport senior goaltender Eric Lindstrom (Lansing, MI/Waverly HS) played outstanding for the Panthers making 22 saves for a .710 save percentage, as the Clan outshot DU by a wide margin, firing 57 shots in the contest.

SFU opened the scoring with Ransom assisting fellow attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate), followed by midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College), to give the Clan an early 2-0 lead. Despite controlling the initial pace to start the match-up, Fraser would begin to play unsettled, opening the door for Davenport to even the score at 2-2 to end the first quarter on goals by Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Eastern) and Chapin White (Clarkston, MI/Clarkston, HS).

Ransom would again kick-start the scoring in the second frame, this time feeding freshman midfielder Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) for the first goal of his collegiate career, to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Multiple turnovers by the Clan would hand Davenport the momentum the rest of the half, allowing the Panthers to go on a 5-goal run to lead 7-3 at the intermission.

In familiar territory down 4-goals, after trailing Michigan State 6-2 the day prior, two more goals by DU out of the break would extend the Davenport lead to six at 9-3 to start the third quarter and cap-off a 7-0 run for the Panthers. The Clan would slowly begin to mount their second straight comeback attempt, with Ransom finding junior Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate), followed-up by Clare's second of the game, to close the score to 9-5, but a final goal by DU attackman Lyle Parks (Troy, MI/Troy MI) would temporarily stall the Clan efforts and provide Davenport with some breathing room at 10-5 heading down the stretch.

Simon Fraser once again appeared to flip the switch in the final period, regaining their form displayed early in the match-up and racing out with four unanswered goals to make things interesting at 10-9 with little time left on the clock. Sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA/Dublin HS) initiated the Clan run, backed-up by continued strong play from Ransom with an assist to freshman Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC/Cowichan Secondary) sandwiched between two goals of his own, to narrow the gap to a single goal. Unfortunately for SFU, it would be too little, too late, as Parks would continue to play spoiler, adding his game-high third goal of the game to seal the Panthers' win by a final score of 11-9.

Davenport will look to add to their OOC resume when they return to action on April 5 to take on No. 23 Virginia Tech. SFU will now enter an important stretch of four straight Divisional games starting with Washington at home on April 6, as the Clan look to claim their sixth straight regular season title in the PNCLL North.


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