March 16, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - Taking on the defending national champions in an ECAC match-up, the Air Force lacrosse team dropped a 13-7 decision to eighth-ranked Loyola Maryland Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, being played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 4-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in the ECAC, while the Greyhounds move to 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in the ECAC.
Air Force tallied the first goal of the game, with Mike Crampton (Jr., Kinnelon, N.J.) finding the back of the net with a feed from Brenden Coleman (Fr., Doylestown, Pa.) at the 11:48 mark. Loyola quickly responded with two scores in the next 70 seconds and took a 3-1 lead with just under four minutes to play in the opening period. After a score by Erik Smith (Jr., Golden, Colo.) cut the margin back to one, the Greyhounds closed out the quarter with another goal to go into the second period with a 4-2 lead.
Freshman Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) tallied an unassisted goal 33 seconds into the second quarter to bring the Falcons back within one again, but Loyola scored the only other goal of the period to take a 5-3 lead at the half.
The Greyhounds pulled away in the third period, earning a 10-4 advantage with a minute and a half remaining in the quarter. Air Force ended its scoring drought with a goal from Tommy McKee (Jr., Holt, Mich.) to close out the period. Meanwhile, Allen added his second goal to open the fourth quarter and assisted Crampton on another score midway through the period to cut Air Force's deficit to 10-7. However, Loyola tallied three more scores, including a pair of empty-net goals, to close out the contest.
Loyola outshot Air Force, 43-36, for the game, including a 26-10 edge in the opening half. The Falcons also gave up the advantage at the face-off X, winning just 9-of-24 draws, including just 1-of-10 in the first 30 minutes.
"I don't think we possessed the ball well enough in transition [early in the second half]," said head coach Eric Seremet. "We had too many unforced turnovers, which is inexcusable, and we let [Loyola] score a couple of goals pretty easily. I hope that what we displayed out there is that we've got some pretty tough kids that won't quit. I thought we did a decent job of picking up the intensity towards the end."
Air Force is back in action next weekend, March 23, with an ECAC contest at Denver. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.