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MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Top Games This Week Include #10 Simon Fraser (1-0) Vs #23 Utah (2-2), #3 Colorado State (0-0) Vs #11 UCSB (4-1) And #18 Sonoma State Vs San Diego State
No. 10 Simon Fraser (1-0) at No. 23 Utah (2-2) — 7 p.m. MT, Friday
COYNE: Simon Fraser had a month off between its first and second games last year, caused primarily by the Vancouver Olympics, but this year the gap is only two weeks. The Clansmen better hope half is better, because after bouncing Western Washington in the initial contest in 2010, SFU proceeded to lose five straight and six of its first seven. If they are off their game again, the Clan could easily lose five of their next six and dig another hole for themselves. And by any measure, this year’s version is not as talented.
Fraser’s run starts with the Utes on Friday night (they play BYU on Saturday). Utah has to win this game if it harbors any fantasies of making the national tournament. Playing in the shadow of Colorado State, BYU and Colorado, the Utes have to assume they’re going for an at-large bid (and even that’s probably a stretch), and these are the games you need to earn one. This is a head vs. gut game for me. The coconut is telling me to go with Mark Manning – one of the premier attackmen in the nation – and the Utes, but my ample gut says go with Fraser, even on the road. Clan, 13-12.
SCHOOLER: Utah had a tough week in southern California last weekend, but the Utes are back on their home turf, something they have to be excited about. Simon Fraser turned it on towards the end of last year, but has not been tested this season. Without the Olympics as an excuse, the Clansmen need to turn it on early this year.
SFU has an unimpressive win against a D-II team in Western Washington, so I’m not sure what to think about them, but I do not think it will have a successful season. The Utes, on the other hand, have a lot of games under their belt, including games against UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State. Utah looked good in both games, but was unable to finish. Mark Manning carries that team, and I do not see Simon Fraser having an answer for him. Easy win for Utah.
COYNE : Fortunately, I don’t have to do any deep thinking about this one. I know Nick is going to take the Gauchos, so I just have to figure out whether I’m comfortable enough taking the Rams. At first blush, it would seem a no-brainer. Colorado State has more talent and experience than UCSB, but there are mitigating factors.
First, this is a rivalry game, even if the rivalry has been (competitively) dormant for a couple of seasons. While BYU might have a beef, I’d say that the UCSB-CSU rivalry is the one that put the MCLA (and past derivatives) on the map. So we know this one will be close. Second, it’s at The Pit, the Gauchos’ aptly named dog track, which will give the home team a distinct advantage. Third, the Rams play a brutal game against No. 9 Cal Poly on Friday night, while UCSB scouts and rests up for Sunday.
Alas, simply for the fact that a Colorado State victory will ruin Nicky’s weekend – and his Sunday happy hour – I’ll still go with the Rams, 15-9. : It pains me to do this, but I do not think that UCSB is at the same level as Colorado State. Yet. It will be eventually, but not by this Sunday. I have never publicly picked against UCSB before, but I just do not see the Gauchos winning this game. CSU has just as much, if not more, talent than last season. I believed that the Rams were the best team last year, and they are No. 2 or No. 3 in my personal rankings this year.
UCSB has looked good, but the Gauchos are young and inexperienced. CSU has a great defense and should be able to slow down Jamie Bridgman and that first line of middies. I am sorry Gauchos. Please surprise me and win the game, but I really want to see Jac wearing an Obama shirt around Denver. So I am going with the Rams. Yes, that is Colorado State. That was not a typo. But I hope they pull out an Oregon 2011 move.
COYNE: Typical liberal. No conviction.
No. 18 Sonoma State at San Diego State — 3:30 p.m. PT, Saturday
SCHOOLER: Why pick this game? Sonoma was terrible last year, and if Jac has been sleeping, he might not have noticed that it changed its coaching staff and direction. Sonoma also somehow broke the top 25 based on this notion, so people are concerned about the Cossacks/Seawolves around the MCLA. They handled Portland State last weekend and will handle San Diego State and USD this weekend. SDSU has won the last two meetings between these two teams, but I do not see that happening here. Sonoma is back. I have it winning this game easily.
MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Preview: Simon Fraser Men’s Lacrosse Lost Core Of 2010 Roster To Graduation And Might Struggle This Season
Simon Fraser (10-8, MCLA Semifinalist)
Key Loss: Adam Foss. The playmaker was the engine of the Clansmen’s attack, scoring 28 goals while setting up 29 others. While Fraser will likely be able to round up plenty more scorers this season, finding someone with a pass-first mentality will be a lot harder to replace.
Key Returnee: Chris Tessarolo. The lone member of the starting attack returning after the graduation of Foss and Ben Towner, Tessarolo will need to have a monster year if SFU wants to be in the hunt for a berth to Denver. His numbers last year (21g, 13a) were promising, but there will have to be a steep incline in his production.
Wild Card: Incoming class. The Clan needs a monster group of incoming rookies to restock the offensive end of the field with high-end talent. Fraser only carried 19 field players on its roster, and five of those graduated, taking with them 101 of the team’s 187 total goals. If the schedule looks anything like last year’s, SFU will need productivity from the jump.
Reality: Despite the spirited run to the national semifinals, Fraser was essentially a .500 team. It has lost the core of the team to graduation and, because of its tiny roster size, doesn’t have the returning depth to make me think the Clansmen can reprise their 2011 success. Thus, as mentioned above, they must roll the dice on attracting an epic freshman class to make the tourney. The Clan might struggle this year.
Western MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Oregon Men’s Lacrosse (10-5) Defeated Simon Fraser 14-8 In PNCLL Championship Game On May 2 (Video)
Oregon Ducks vs Simon Fraser Clansmen in th PNCLL Championship Game in Bend Oregon. A hard fought game with the winner an automatic qualifier to the MCLA Championship tournament in Denver. Oregon defense lead by goalie Nick Johnston hold SFU to 8 goals while the offense goes off for 14 as Oregon gains the 6th seed for the Denver Tournament. It was an exciting with some big hits, amazing stops and great goals.
MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Simon Fraser 12-6 To Establish Team As A Top 5 Contender
Friday night provided the Rams lacrosse team with an exciting win against Simon Fraser. While the game wasn’t a huge upset, as the Rams were already ranked in the top ten, beating the Clansmen was a huge win that bodes well for the Rams future match ups against CU, Michigan and BYU.
“SFU is such a great offensive team, especially individually, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way we played one on one defense,” Head Coach Alex Smith said. Simon Fraser is known for a having a strong offense, but the Rams played a stronger defense, minimizing SFU’s shots on goal. “We won a lot of match-ups Friday and to be honest, that was something concerning us coming into the game,” Coach Smith said.
At the end of the first half, the score was close and the Rams were down. “The second quarter showed that we are still vulnerable in the clearing game a little bit. Against a team as dangerous as Simon Fraser, you can’t just give them the ball over and over because they will make you pay,” Coach Smith said. But the team amped up the game in the third quarter, scoring five unanswered points and securing the lead for the rest of the game.
This game was especially great for some of the freshmen, who played key roles in executing plays which led to the Rams success. One of those players was number nine, Austin Fisher. Fisher scored five goals and had one assist in the game. “Our defense was great and set up the offense with a lot of opportunities that we were able to capitalize on,” Fisher said.
The Rams will keep this game in mind when they begin their next out of state trip to Arizona during spring break. They will hopefully continue to make all the little connections that brought them to victory Friday to maintain their unblemished win record.
Lacrosse Box Score (Final) #3 Simon Fraser vs #10 Colorado State (Mar 05, 2010 at Highlands Ranch, CO)
Simon Fraser (1-1) vs. Colorado State (4-0)
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Simon Fraser…….. 1 4 0 1 – 6
Colorado State…… 3 1 5 3 – 12
Simon Fraser SCORING: GOALS: Tessarolo, Chris 1; Towner, Ben 1; Dow, Colton 1; Foss, Adam 1; Ransom, Eric 1; Bezuidenhout, Rick 1.
ASSISTS: Tessarolo, Chris 1.
Colorado State SCORING: GOALS: Fisher, Austin 5; Larson, Paul 2; Konkel, Greyson 2; Kehoe, Cooper 1; Fugier, Garrett 1; Unkrich, Stephen 1.
ASSISTS: Kehoe, Cooper 4; Fugier, Garrett 1; Jui, Matt 1; Larson, Paul 1; Miller, Luke 1.
Western College Men’s Lacrosse: #11 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Faces #3 Simon Fraser In March 5 In “Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Classic”, Also Featuring Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse Vs. Mountain Vista
“We have a nice history with SFU, even though we haven’t played them in several years,” Head Coach Alex Smith said. “Way back in 1999, we beat them for our first national championship. They have really improved over the past several seasons and become a dominant team, especially on offense. We will need a focused team effort to stop some of their better players,” he said.
CSU has had a powerful beginning to its season. The team’s overall record this season is 3-0, and they recently swept back to back games against Lindenwood University and Texas. This game will provide a challenge for the Rams, as Simon Fraser is the best team they have seen this year, according to Smith.
“They are legitimate contenders for the national title, and for us to be in the conversation about playing for a championship, this is the type of team we need to be competitive with,” Smith said.
SFU is ranked # 3 in the MCLA LaxMag Adidas Top 23 Poll and # 4 in the CollegeLax.us Prodigy Network Top 25 Poll. The polls were released on Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25 respectively. They have recently begun their season, winning their first game against Western Washington. CSU will be their second opponents this season.
The game is being deemed the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Classic, and will be held at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch at 7:30, after a game between Mountain Vista and Kent Denver high schools. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. For more information on events and door prizes, visit www.csulacrosse.com.
After posting a 14-1 record in 2009 and winning their second consecutive PNCLL Conference Championship, Simon Fraser will begin the 2010 season ranked No. 4 in the MCLA by the MCLA Lax Mag – Adidas Pre-Season Top 23 Poll. The Clan will look to win their ninth conference title this season and earn an opportunity to improve on back-to-back one-goal losses in the MCLA National Championship quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009.
In their sixth season under Co-Head Coaches Jeff Cathrea and Brent Hoskins, Simon Fraser will look to build upon three out of conference (OOC) wins in 2009 as they embark on one of the nation’s toughest schedules. 2010 features eight games versus OOC competition with nine opponents ranked in the Top 25, including eight of the top eleven and all four other teams ranked in the top five.
The Clan return ten of twelve starters, including four of six All-Americans and nine of thirteen All-Conference selections. With all five of their Top 5 scorers back for another year, a group that combined for 301 points in 2009, the Clan are one of several teams entering the 2010 season that must be considered a legitimate national title contender.
Of note, Simon Fraser will enter the season with two players sidelined due to injury. Senior midfield and face-off specialist, Ben Johnson (Calgary, AB/Berkshire Preparatory), a 2nd Team All-American in 2009, and junior midfield Ben Davies (New Westminster, BC/New Westminster Secondary) are questionable to return in 2010 after requiring off-season ACL knee surgery to recover from injuries suffered while playing box lacrosse this past summer. With the absence of Johnson and Davies, Cathrea and Hoskins will look to a strong freshmen class to step in early and contribute for the Clan in 2010.
Fraser returns all three starting attack, with senior Adam Foss (Cochrane, AB/Cochrane High School), senior Ben Towner (Port Coquitlam, BC/Terry Fox Secondary) and junior Chris Tessarolo (New Westminster, BC/New Westminster Secondary) expected to once again lead a high powered Clan offense that ranked first in MCLA scoring last season with an average of 18.13 goals per game, including 14.67 goals per game versus ranked opponents. SFU has scored in double digits 40 times in its last 42 games and is averaging 16.74 goals per game during that time (703 goals in 42 games). The high scoring trio, combined for 118 goals and 60 assists (14.83 ppg) in the 12 games they started together last season and will look to carry this pace forward against a much tougher schedule in 2010.
Towner led the MCLA Division I in goals per game in 2009 with 4.67 and finished 3rd in points per game with 6.00. Foss finished 6th in the MCLA in points per game with 5.27.
Towner was named a MCLA 1st Team All-American for the second consecutive season, while Foss was named to the MCLA All-America 2nd Team for the first time in his collegiate career. Additionally, all three players collected conference hardware with Foss and Towner named to the PNCLL All-Conference 1st Team and Tessarolo named to the PNCLL All-Conference 2nd Team. Towner was also named PNCLL Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, while Tessarolo was named PNCLL Conference Championship Final Four MVP.
Towner led the Clan with 70 goals and 90 points in 2009, while Foss finished first in assists with 42 and second in goals (37) and points (79). Tessarolo who played sparingly in the Clan’s 2009 wins over Washington State (28-2), Idaho (15-5) and Oregon State (20-3) finished fourth in team points (48) with 33 goals and 15 assists.
Also in the mix for the Clan is Bryan Scott (Guelph, ON/John F. Ross Collegiate), a junior who will add valuable depth up front and look to work in on Fraser’s left side.
Heading in to the 2010 season, freshmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary), Stu Mills (Campbell River, BC/Timberline Secondary) and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey High School), will compete with senior captains Kevin Riley (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) and Russel Thomas (Nanoose Bay, BC/Ballenas Secondary), along with sophomore Rick Bezuidenhout (Campbell River, BC/Timberline Secondary) for time on the Clan’s top two midfield lines. All six players are expected to provide a secondary scoring threat through the midfield and play an important role towards Simon Fraser’s success this season.
Thomas, a MCLA 1st Team All-American in 2008 and 2009, and a two-time PNCLL 1st Team All-Conference selection, is set to build upon the 34 goals and 15 assists that he registered last season to once again lead the Clan’s top offensive unit. Riley will also look to build on a successful 2009, where he enjoyed a breakout season to finish fifth in team scoring with 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points and was named a PNCLL All-Conference Honorable Mention. Bezuidenhout, who saw his minutes limited last season due to injury, will look to have a breakout year of his own after contributing with 5 goals as a freshman.
Set to make an impact are a trio of freshman who will all be asked to contribute immediately. Dow, Mills and Ransom each have impressive box lacrosse resumes and will look to make a quick transition to the collegiate field game. They will all add to a dynamic midfield that will include multiple scoring threats for the Clan.
Other contenders include freshmen Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) and Eric Dufresne (Surrey, BC/Ecole Gabrielle-Roy) who will both add speed and much needed depth to the SFU midfield.
LONG STICK MIDFIELD
Gone is three-time All-American and two-time PNCLL Most Valuable Player Curtis Manning, but the Clan will look to a familiar face to once again carry the bulk of minutes at LSM in 2009 in junior Luke Genereux. Genereux was named to the PNCLL All-Conference 1st Team as a LSM in 2007, before taking a year off to coach field lacrosse overseas in England. Genereux, who played closed defense for the Clan as a sophomore in 2009, was one of only four SFU players to receive All-Conference recognition in 2007 and he will undoubtedly look to challenge for this honor again in 2010.
The Clan will look to returning starters Curt Brown (Lantzville, BC/Dover Bay Secondary) and Nathan Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) to anchor their starting corps of close defenders in 2010. Brown, a PNCLL All-Conference 2nd Team selection in 2009, brings size and strength to add a physical presence to the Clan’s back line; while Clare, named to the PNCLL All-Conference 1st Team last season, is an athletic, shut down defender who is also adept at taking away the ball.
Brown and Clare, both entering their junior year, will be joined by sophomore defender Dan Patterson (Erin, Ontario/Erin District High School). Patterson who came to Simon Fraser as a highly touted recruit out of the Ontario Edge lacrosse program will move into a starting role in 2010, after receiving a PNCLL All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman.
Senior captain Aiden Inglis (Edmonton, AB/Ross Sheppard High School) will contribute important minutes off the bench, while freshmen long poles Sam Biagioni (Surrey, BC/Fraser Heights Secondary) and Mitch Frank (Burnaby, BC/St. Thomas More Collegiate) will look to add depth defensively.
Cathrea and Hoskins have named junior Dean Stewart (Duncan, BC/Claremont Secondary) as Simon Fraser’s starting goaltender for 2010. Stewart, who split time in net for most of last season, has backstopped the Clan to consecutive PNCLL Conference Championships.
Senior Mike Ripley (Saskatoon, SK/E.D. Feehan High School) will provide valuable experience in goal and will give Fraser a solid second option as a back-up while, freshman Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) adds considerable depth in between the pipes for the Clan.
A strong face-off percentage is always key to success and the Clan have options when it comes to finding a winning combination at the faceoff box. With 2009 starter, Ben Johnson currently sidelined by injury, sophomore midfield Ryan Hodge (San Antonio, Texas/Texas Military Institute) will begin the spring season as the Clan’s starting draw man. Senior captains, Kevin Riley and Aidan Inglis also have experience taking face-offs and will provide the Clan with additional options, capable of winning valuable possessions.
ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE
Simon Fraser University men’s lacrosse is in its 15th season and competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). During the 2010 season, 2008 and 2009 PNCLL Coaches of the Year, Jeff Cathrea and Brent Hoskins (6th season), look to lead the Clan into the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Final Four Conference Championships for the 13th time in team history. The team has captured eight Conference Titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2009) and has earned nine National Championship appearances, placing 2nd in 1999 and most recently reaching the 2008 and 2009 MCLA Quarterfinals.