Fraser Defeats Montana to Claim Top Spot in PNCLL North

BURNABY, BC (April 23, 2013) Simon Fraser mounted a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter, on route to defeating Montana by a final score of 19-5.

The decisive victory earned the Clan their sixth straight divisional title, clinching top spot in the PNCLL North heading into the Final Four Conference Championships, May 4-5 at Wilsonville High School in Portland, Oregon. The win also climbed SFU up two spots to No. 17 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Poll, released earlier today on MCLA.us.

Senior attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) 3g, 2a, and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) 2g, 3a, continued to lead Fraser offensively, on a day where 12 different Clan payers registered points. The 5 points each provided a memorable end to their final regular season game as part of Senior Day at Terry Fox Field, joining fellow fourth-year player, goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) who went the distance with 5 saves, to represent the three members of SFU's 2013 Senior Class.

Midfielders Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) 3g, 1a, and Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC/Cowichan Secondary) 3g, also had strong games on the scoresheet, each with a hattrick to end the regular season.

Dow opened the scoring, casually rolling the ball into the Griz net, followed by a solo effort on a drive from fellow attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) to put the Clan up 2-0. Freshman attack Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC/Thomas Haney Secondary) then found sophomore midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB/St. Francis Xavier) who wired a shot past the Montana keeper to give Simon Fraser a 3-goal lead heading into the second frame.

SFU would continue to dominate in the second quarter, outscoring the Griz 6-0 on goals by Ransom, Branting, freshman midfielder Jordan Stroup (Coquitlam, BC/Dr. Charles Best Secondary), Clare, Dow and sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA/Dublin HS), to showcase the Clan's depth with six different SFU players finding the back of the visitor's net.

Leading 9-0 out of the break, Ransom connected with Dow to cap-off a 10-0 SFU run to start the match-up. Montana midfielder Henry Bishop (Portland, OR/Chester HS) then beat a Clan double team in transition to finally get the Griz on the board at 10-1.

The UM offensive would be short-lived as SFU went on another 4-goal run started by freshmen midfielder Matt Bailey (Richmond, BC/H.J. Cambie Secondary), followed by markers from Branting, Knuttila and Clare to extend the Fraser lead to thirteen at 14-1. UM midfielder Samuel Freihofer made it 14-2, before Clare concluded the third quarter scoring to put the Clan up by a commanding score of 15-2 heading down the stretch.

Freshman attack Tibor Van den Wildenbergh (Okotoks, AB/Foothills Composite HS), converted a pass from Ransom, to make it 16-2 to begin the fourth quarter. Montana then stringed together their only consecutive goals of the contest with freshman midfielder Cullen Weisbrod (Barrington, RI/Barrington HS) and Bishop scoring back-to-back to reset the score to 16-4.

Ransom answered back to spark the Clan's final run of the afternoon, followed-up by goals from Branting and junior attack Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) to sit Fraser ahead 19-4 going in to the games' final minutes. Bishop would add his third of the day to bump up the Montana total and end the game with a final score of 19-5.

The stage is now set for the PNCLL Final Four Conference Championships with #2N Washington facing-off against tenth ranked #1S Oregon in the other Semi-Final Match-up, with the two winners meeting the following day on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm.

2013-04-23



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