March 7, 2010
DENVER, Colo. -
Outscored 7-2 in the second half, the Air Force men's lacrosse team fell to Penn, 8-7, Sunday afternoon at the Pioneer Face-Off Classic, hosted by Denver. The Falcons fall to 0-3 on the year, while the Quakers improve to 2-2.
Junior midfielder Zack Carroll (Freehold Township, N.J.) put the Falcons on the board in the opening minute of the contest, but defense took over for the remainder of the first period, with Penn scoring the only other goal of the quarter.
Air Force went on a scoring spree in the second period, tallying four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 advantage. However, the Quakers shut out the Falcons in the third stanza, getting within a single goal. With the first score of the final period, Penn was able to tie the contest, 5-5, with 11:47 remaining in the contest.
The Falcons went back on top with a goal from Tristan Newkirk (Jr., Albany, N.Y.) two minutes later, but Penn tied the game again with just over five and a half minutes to play. At the 3:36 mark, the Quakers took their first lead of the game, but Carroll won the ensuing face-off and ran down the field to tie the score once more.
Unfortunately, an Air Force penalty was called on the following face-off, setting up a power-play goal by Penn, its fourth of the day. Unable to score in the final three minutes, the Falcons dropped a one-goal game for the second-straight day.
Despite the loss, junior goalkeeper Brian Wilson (Summit, N.Y.) had another solid performance between the pipes for Air Force, tallying a career-best 13 saves. However, with the Falcons struggling on the penalty kill and at the face-off X, Air Force could not grab its first win of the season.
Carroll, who was named to the all-tournament team, was the Falcons' leading scorer with three goals, while Newkirk added two. Meanwhile, Vinny Sandtorv (Jr., Centereach, N.Y.) scored a goal, while Ridge Flick (Sr., Plano, Texas) recorded a goal and an assist.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, March 13, when they welcome service academy rival Army to Colorado for the first time in the 16-year series between the two teams. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.
Penn 8, Air Force 7
Penn 1 0 3 4 8
Air Force 1 4 0 2 7
Penn Scoring: Goals: John Conneely 2, Rob McMullen 2, Morgan Griff, Al Kohart, Will Amling, Corey Winkoff. Assists: Corey Winkoff 3, Greg Ives, John Conneely.