Senior all-star game to be played during NCAA Championship weekend
Head coach Eric Seremet previews the beginning of the 2013 lacrosse season.
The Falcons defeat the Statesmen, 16-12, on Senior Day.
The Falcons host the 12th-ranked Buckeyes in ECAC action on April 20.
Falcons visit Stags in an ECAC contest on April 13. (Photos by Doug Dreyer)
Falcons face Golden Eagles on March 2 at Falcon Stadium
Air Force vs. #4 North Carolina (photos by Doug Dreyer)
Eric Seremet is now entering his sixth season as the head coach for the Air Force lacrosse program. Following the retirement of the legendary Fred Acee in 2008, Seremet, a seven-year assistant for the Falcons, took over the reins as the interim head coach during the 2009 campaign.
The 2013 season saw the Falcons face one of their toughest schedules in recent history, with five opponents finishing the regular season ranked in the top 10 nationally. Air Force was able to compile a 7-7 overall record on the year, including a 15-10 win over then-12th-ranked Lehigh, which was the Falcons' first victory over a top-15 team since 2007. Four of the Falcons' losses were decided by a single goal, including an overtime road loss to national semifinalist Denver.
In 2012, Seremet guided the Falcons to a 6-7 overall record for the second-straight season, including a thrilling overtime victory against service academy rival Army. Seremet also oversaw Air Force's most potent offensive unit since 1997, as the Falcons averaged 17.8 points and 10.9 goals per contest.
In 2011, Seremet helped lead a young Air Force squad to a 6-7 overall record, which included a win over 17th-ranked Loyola. After a slow start, the Falcons won five of their last six games to reach six victories for just the third time in 14 seasons and the second time in the last three years. With a 3-3 ledger in the ECAC, Air Force tied for third place in the seven-team league.
The highlight of the 2010 season came on March 13, as Air Force defeated Army, 8-7, in overtime. It marked the first-ever win for the Falcons over the rival Black Knights in Army's first trip to the Academy. A late-season surge by Air Force in 2009 saw the Falcons win four-straight contests, including their first win over Ohio State since 1997, to earn their first-ever bid to the GWLL Championship tournament. Over the course of the year, Air Force averaged nine goals per game, its highest offensive output since 1997, while allowing just 8.93 goals per contest.
In his first season leading Air Force, Seremet guided the Falcons to a 7-7 overall ledger, including a 4-1 record in the Great Western Lacrosse League and a second-place conference finish. Air Force's seven wins were the most since 2006 and more than in the previous two seasons combined, while the team finished at .500 for the first time since 1997. In addition, the Falcons' four league wins were a school-record, while their second-place league finish matched a program-best (set previously in 1995).
As the top assistant for the Falcons from 2002-2008, Seremet worked primarily with the offense, while assisting with recruiting and scouting. Since his arrival at the Academy, Air Force has seen improvement in total goals scored and goals per game. In 2005, the Falcons registered a 41 percent increase in scoring output compared to Seremet's first season at the Academy. Similarly, the Falcons' extra-man offense has ranked in the top 20 nationally three times with a 37 percent success rate in 2003, 40 percent in 2005 and 38 percent in 2013 (ranking 14th, ninth and 18th respectively).
Before arriving at the Academy, Seremet, a native of Camillus, N.Y., and 1988 graduate of West Genesee High School, spent a year as an assistant coach at Cornell University. There he helped the Big Red maintain a top-20 ranking throughout the 2001 season. Prior to his stint at Cornell, Seremet was the top assistant for four years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, Seremet had his hand in all aspects of the program, coaching both ends of the field. In 1998, he coached the top goaltender in Division I in save percentage, while the defense ranked third in goals against. Seremet also served as a graduate assistant coach at Dartmouth College during the 1993 season.
Seremet attended the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the lacrosse team. During his career, the Tar Heels won four ACC titles and advanced to the NCAA Final Four each season. Seremet was also a starter on North Carolina's 1991 national championship team, which finished the season with a perfect 16-0 record. He graduated from North Carolina in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in industrial relations.
In addition to his collegiate experience as both a player and a coach, Seremet also brings eight years of professional playing experience to the table. Seremet began his professional career in 1993 with the Boston Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He competed in the National Lacrosse League for seven seasons, playing for the New York Saints from 1995-1999, earning team MVP honors in 1996. Seremet was also a member of the Syracuse Smash from 1999-2000 and the Colorado Mammoth in 2003.