March 23, 2014
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) tallied seven points to lead the Air Force lacrosse team to a 10-8 non-conference road victory over Binghamton on Sunday afternoon. With the win, their third in a row, the Falcons improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Bearcats fall to 2-5.
Crampton finished with four goals and three assists to lead the Falcons, while classmate Tommy McKee (Holt, Mich.) added a hat trick, his third of the season.
The Falcons were the first to find the back of the net, with Crampton scoring his first goal of the game just over five minutes into the opening period. Binghamton responded with a pair of goals in the next two minutes to take the lead, while Crampton followed with his second goal at the 7:18 mark. The Bearcats took a 3-2 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first period, before Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) scored with five seconds on the clock to tie the game at 3-3 going into the second quarter.
McKee tallied his first goal of the game to give Air Force a 4-3 lead midway through the second period, while Crampton added his third score with 4:14 on the clock. After Binghamton ended its scoring drought with two and a half minutes left in the first half, senior Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) registered a man-up goal to give Air Force a 6-4 advantage going into the intermission.
After the break, the Falcons got back on the board quickly, as McKee scored off a face-off win by senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) to open the period. The Bearcats were next to score, cutting the margin to 7-5, while a score by junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) have Air Force an 8-5 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third period. However, Binghamton responded with three straight goals to bring the score to 8-8 heading into the final stanza.
The stalemate continued until the 2:38 mark in the fourth quarter, when McKee completed his hat trick with an assist from Crampton, giving Air Force the 9-8 advantage. Crampton tacked on another score with 1:06 remaining to ice the win for the Falcons.
Air Force outshot Binghamton for the game, 40-25, and held a 36-19 advantage on ground balls. In addition, the Falcons dominated at the face-off X, winning 17-of-22 draws. Price won 9-of-13 face-offs for Air Force, while Smith was 8-of-9 at the X, picking up a team-high eight ground balls.
Michael Antinozzi led Binghamton's offense with three goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Max Schefler came up with 16 stops for the Bearcats.
"Mike Crampton led the way for us today--he came to play," said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. "Erik Smith had two big face-offs at the end when we really needed it. Despite a third-quarter lull, we grinded it out. I'm proud that we played to the end."
Air Force starts a three-game homestand next weekend, March 29, when it hosts ECAC foe Michigan. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force 10, Binghamton 8
Air Force - 3 3 2 2 - 10
Binghamton - 3 1 4 0 - 8
AF Scoring: Goals: Crampton 4, McKee 3, E. Smith, Cassady, Dreyer. Assists: Crampton 3, Walker 2, Cassady, Burgess, Dreyer.
BU Scoring: Goals: Antinozzi 3, Springer 2, Deluca, O'Donnell, Donigan. Assists: Maher 2, Nelson 2, O'Hara, Hauck, Cove, Antinozzi.