The Water Cooler

    The following is a recap of Air Force Academy athletics from the week.

     

    Ice Hockey -- Air Force scored three goals in the third period for a 4-2 win over Robert Morris in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday night, Feb. 26, at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena at the Air Force Academy. In front of 3,047 fans, Air Force clinched a bye in the first round of the AHA playoffs with tonight's win. The Falcons improved to 16-11-6 overall and 14-7-6 in the AHA. AFA is off until March 11-13 in the AHA quarterfinals. Air Force has won or tied 10 games this season when trailing in the third period.

     

    Track and Field -- Two members of the Air Force track and field team were honored by the Mountain West Conference at the conclusion of the league championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Ralph Lindeman was selected by his peers as the men's Coach of the Year, while senior Justin Tyner was awarded the men's High Point honor.

    Lindeman coached the men's team to their best-ever indoor finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships this past weekend, as the Falcons placed second with 122 points. It is the fourth MWC indoor award for Lindeman, who also tallied the honor in 2001, 2004 and 2008. The Falcons' mentor has also earned the MWC Outdoor Coach of the Year award twice (2001, 2003), as well as awards as the WAC Indoor Coach of the Year (1995) and the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (1991). He was also honored as the 1989 Big West Coach of the Year, while at Long Beach State.

    Backed by conference titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races, Tyner claimed the conference's High Point award with 20 points, sharing the honor with Leif Arrhenius of BYU, who took first in the shot put and weight throw. Tyner, who claimed the 5000-meter title on Friday with a championship meet record time of 14:13.33, successfully defended his 3000-meter title on Saturday with another championship meet record time of 8:16.72.

     

    Women's Tennis -- The Air Force women's tennis team ran its winning streak to 12 with a pair of wins Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. The Falcons, who improved to 12-2 this season, defeated Ball State and Robert Morris.

     

    Baseball -- Junior right-hander Evan Abrecht (2-0) turned in another strong pitching performance to lead Air Force past Navy, 8-2, Friday night in the opening game of the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium.

    Football - Air Force senior fullback Nathan Walker won the Brian Bullard Memorial Award at the annual football banquet Friday night. The award is the highest honor a Falcon can earn in football. 

    Men's Basketball - Air Force defeated Colorado State, ----, Saturday afternoon at the Academy to win its fifth conference game of the season. The Falcons are 14-13 overall and 5-9 in the MWC.