Air Force Knocks Off No. 17 Loyola, 8-6, in ECAC Action
March 19, 2011
USAFA, Colo. -
Capturing its first ECAC win since joining the league in 2010, the Air Force lacrosse team held on for an 8-6 upset victory over 17th-ranked Loyola, Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.
In addition to winning its first conference game as a member of the ECAC, Air Force (2-6, 1-1) also posted its first-ever win against Loyola (3-3, 1-2), and its first win over a ranked team since defeating ninth-ranked Notre Dame in 2006.
The Falcons got out to a strong start against the Greyhounds, taking a 3-0 advantage in the first quarter with goals from Adam Paranka (Jr., Denver, Colo.), Vinny Sandtorv (Sr., Centereach, N.Y.) and Mike Crampton (Fr., Kinnelon, N.J.) before Loyola was able to get on the board with just under two minutes remaining in the period.
Air Force extended its lead in the second period, scoring three more unanswered goals, including two more from Sandtorv. However, Loyola found the back of the net with just 19 seconds remaining in the half to cut the margin to 6-2 at the break.
A score by the Greyhounds’ Matt Langan early in the third period brought Loyola back within three goals, but Crampton tallied the next two goals to give Air Force an 8-3 advantage with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
While another third-period goal by Loyola brought the score to 8-4, strong defense by the Falcons kept the margin at four goals for most of the final stanza. Air Force was able to kill a two-minute penalty in the period, despite being down two men for a minute. However, the big play of the quarter came from Loyola goalkeeper Jake Hagelin, who tallied a man-down goal with 4:44 remaining.
Loyola was able to score once more in the period, tallying a goal with 2:31 remaining, but the Falcons were able to prevent the Greyhounds from getting any closer than two goals, holding on for their second win of the season.
Despite outshooting the Falcons 32-23 for the game, including 12-3 in the final period, the Greyhounds had a difficult time finding the back of the net. Air Force goalkeeper Brian Wilson (Sr., Summit, N.J.) notched 10 saves in the contest, while defenseman Dayton Gilbreath (Jr., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) held Mike Sawyer, the leading goal scorer in the ECAC, without a goal.
Crampton led the Falcons with three goals and an assist, while Sandtorv added three goals and Paranka registered a goal and an assist.
The Falcons are back in action next weekend, March 25, when they head up I-25 to take on in-state rival Denver in an ECAC match-up.
Air Force 8, No. 17 Loyola 6
Loyola 1 1 2 2 6
Air Force 3 3 2 0 8
Loyola Scoring: Goals: Hawkins, Butts, Langan, Basler, Hagelin, Murray. Assists: Langan, Sawyer, Ward.
AF Scoring: Goals: Sandtorv 3, Crampton 3, Paranka, McKee. Assists: B. Gilbreath, Crampton, Paranka, Curran.