Feb. 22, 2014
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force lacrosse team dropped a 7-6 contest to Canisius Saturday in the opening game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, hosted by Denver.
Crampton registered his first score of the game a minute into the contest to give Air Force a 1-0 lead, but Canisius tallied the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead in the opening moments of the second period. After Crampton's second score cut the deficit back to one, the Golden Griffins responded with two more quick tallies to push the margin to 5-2 with under 11 minutes remaining in the period. Neither team scored again until freshman Austin Smith (Golden, Colo.) found the back of the net with 1:15 left in the first half, as the Falcons went into the intermission trailing 5-3.
The Falcons were able to back within one goal midway through the third quarter with a tally from McKee, while senior captain Erik Smith (Golden, Colo.) knotted the game at 5-5 with a man-up score with two minutes remaining in the period. However, Canisius closed out the quarter with two more goals to take a 7-5 lead into the final stanza.
The only goal of the fourth quarter came from senior captain Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) with just under nine minutes to play, but the Falcons were unable to come up with another score in the one-goal loss.
Air Force outshot Canisius, 42-28, and held the Golden Griffins scoreless on three extra-man opportunities. However, Canisius won the battle at the face-off X, taking 10-of-16 draws on the day.
Canisius was led by Billy Jaccobi with three goals, while Lewis Vaccaro added two scores. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alex Govenettio had a strong performance between the pipes, stopping 13 Air Force shots.
The Falcons close out the weekend at the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic tomorrow with an 11:00 a.m. contest versus Marist.
Canisius 7, Air Force 6
Canisius - 2 3 2 0 - 7
Air Force - 1 2 2 1 - 6
CC Scoring: Goals: Jaccobi 3, Vaccaro 2, Bull, Romantic. Assists: Romantic, Gravino, Giacobbo.
AF Scoring: Goals: Crampton 2, A. Smith, McKee, E. Smith, Cassady. Assists: McKee, Curran, Dreyer.