Clan cut down Lumberjacks
It was upset city in the Burnaby Mountain fog Saturday.
The Simon Fraser University Clan surprised the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top team by downing the Humboldt State Lumberjacks 41-37 in a thick fog that enveloped Terry Fox Field.
Clan quarterback Trey Wheeler completed 19 passes for 245 yards. He connected on three touchdown tosses, including two to receiver Lemar Durant for 42 and 45 yards. Durant finished the game with seven catches for 131 yards.
His second TD put the Clan ahead with about five minutes left, and it was up to the SFU defence to stop the Lumberjacks from scoring just four yards short of the Clan end zone with just over a minute to play.
New Westminster Hyacks product Casey Chin led the Clan with eight and a half tackles, while Alex Iezzi recovered two fumbles which eventually resulted in touchdowns.
With the win, Simon Fraser is 4-5 in GNAC play heading into their final game of the season on Saturday against the Azusa Pacific Cougars in Azusa, Calif.
Soccer squad set for national championships
As the top-ranked team in the West Region, the SFU men’s soccer squad will receive a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Although they won their third consecutive GNAC title with a 12-1-1 conference record and 16-1-1 overall, this will be the first year the Clan will be eligible for post-season play since SFU was a provisional NCAA member the last two years. This will be the first time an international school will play for the championship, which runs all month concluding Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 in Evans, Ga.
Simon Fraser concluded its season by downing the Western Washington University Vikings from Bellingham, Wash., 3-0 at Terry Fox Field on Sunday.
Justin Wallace, Michael Winter and John Hodnett scored the Clan’s goals. J.D. Blakley picked up his fourth shutout of the season.
Tough trip to Utah
The SFU clan men’s basketball team had a tough trip to Utah on the weekend as the Clan started its exhibition season.
On Friday in Salt Lake City, they suffered a 71-36 loss at the hands of the University of Utah Utes, a NCAA Division I school. Australian Anto Olah led SFU with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The next night in Logan, Utah, the Utah State Aggies, another Div. I university, defeated Simon Fraser 92-56 with Olah scoring 13 points.
SFU will begin the non-conference portion of its season this week by playing host to the Northwest Indian College Eagles from Bellingham at West Gym on Friday, 7 p.m.
The SFU women’s basketball team let a 10-point lead in the final four minutes slide away before losing to the hometown NCAA Division I Seattle University Redhawks last Thursday.
The Clan was up 67-57 with 3:30 remaining before the Redhawks went on a run, thanks to eight points off free throws, that concluded with a 72-69 victory over their Division II opponents from north of the border.
The Clan play Grand Canyon University Antelopes from Phoenix in the opening day of the Disney Tip-Off Classic tournament in Anaheim, Calif., Friday.
Amanda van Duynhoven of Burnaby had seven kills for SFU in a 25-23, 25-16, 25-21 loss to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves at West Gym on Saturday.
Last Thursday, van Duynhoven and fellow Burnaby Central grad Madeline Hait both had nine kills in a tough five-set loss to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 31-29, 23-25, 30-28, 23-25, 15-13.
The defeats drop SFU’s record to 4-18 on the season and 1-14 in GNAC. They will play Western Washington in Bellingham on Saturday.