March 30, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A 9-0 scoring run led the Air Force lacrosse team to its first ECAC victory of the season, a 10-6 decision over Michigan Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
Junior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) registered his second consecutive hat trick to lead the Falcons, who snapped a four-game losing streak, while Tommy McKee (Jr., Holt, Mich.), Erik Smith (Jr., Golden, Colo.) and Keith Dreyer (So., Malvern, Pa.) each added two scores.
Michigan (0-10, 0-5) took the first lead of the game, finding the back less than two minutes into the opening period. Crampton evened the score at the 4:26 mark with the Falcons' only goal of the first quarter, as the teams went into the second period tied at 1-1. Air Force (5-5, 1-3) then took the lead with a pair of goals from McKee early in the second quarter, while Smith tallied two unassisted scores in the final six minutes of the half as the Falcons took a 5-1 advantage at the intermission.
After the break, the Falcons' scoring spurt continued, beginning with two more goals from Crampton. Following a score by Dreyer at the 6:54 mark in the third period, Bryan Price (Jr., Denver, Colo.) won the ensuing face-off and tallied his own goal with an assist from defenseman Kyle O'Brien (So., Denver, Colo.), giving Air Force its largest lead of the game at 9-1.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines put together a run of their own, closing out the third quarter with three straight goals and adding another score just over five minutes into the final stanza to cut the margin to 9-5. Dreyer tallied his second goal of the contest at the 4:42 mark in the fourth quarter, and the Falcons held on to their five-goal advantage until the final minute when Michigan got on the board once more.
Senior goalkeeper Austin Fox (Webster, N.Y.) tallied 13 saves for the Falcons, including eight in the second half, as Michigan outshot Air Force 28-10 in the final 30 minutes. The Falcons had the edge on face-offs, winning 13-of-20, with Price winning nine of his 11 draws taken.
"We got off to a good start, but hats off to Michigan for stepping it up in the second half," said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. "We had a strong showing in goal with Austin, and Bryan fought hard at the face-off X. All in all, I was happy to move forward with a win."
Air Force is back in action next weekend, April 6, when it travels to Macon, Ga., for a non-conference match-up at Mercer.