April 20, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Junior Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) registered his seventh hat trick of the season, but the Air Force lacrosse team was unable to get past 12th-ranked ECAC foe Ohio State, falling 10-9 Saturday afternoon in Falcon Stadium.
Crampton also scored an assist to finish the game with four points, while sophomore Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) added a goal and three assists for the Falcons, who fall to 6-7 on the year and 1-4 in the ECAC.
Ohio State got out to the early lead, taking a 2-0 advantage in the first five minutes of the contest. However, sophomore Ryland De Pol (Riva, Md.) put Air Force on the board at the 9:38 mark in the opening period, while back-to-back scores from Christopher Allen (Fr., Hillsborough, N.J.) and Dreyer gave the Falcons their first lead of the contest.
The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2 ECAC) responded with a pair of goals just 36 seconds apart to regain the advantage, but Air Force was able to tie the game with a goal from junior Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) to close out the first quarter.
Crampton notched his first goal of the game a minute and a half into the second period, but two quick scores by Ohio State put the Buckeyes back on top. Another goal by Crampton tied the game at 6-6 with 10:33, and a man-up score by Tommy McKee (Jr., Holt, Mich.) just seconds later gave Air Force the lead. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the final 10 minutes of the period, as the Falcons went into the intermission with a 7-6 edge.
Ohio State took over in the third quarter, outscoring Air Force 3-0, with all three goals coming from senior Logan Schuss. The Falcons finally broke their scoring drought with just under 13 minutes to play in the fourth period, with an unassisted goal by Allen.
After the Buckeyes pushed the margin back to two goals with 6:48 remaining, Crampton brought Air Force back within a point, scoring his third goal of the day with 47 seconds on the clock. While the Falcons lost the ensuing face-off, they were able to force a turnover by the Buckeyes to take possession. However, a shot in the final seconds was saved by Ohio State goalie Greg Dutton, securing the win for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State won the battle at the face-off X, winning 15-of-22 draws, while also outshooting Air Force 33-30. In addition, Dutton recorded 15 stops between the pipes, including nine in the second half.
"I have to give credit to Ohio State," said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. "(Logan) Schuss really stepped up for them--he's a very dangerous player. Their goalie (Dutton) also played well, especially in the second half when he got into a rhythm."
"We've got some tough kids, and we got what we expected out of them from a fight standpoint," continued Seremet, "but I thought we made some crucial mistakes down the stretch. The little mistakes in one-goal games turn out to be big mistakes and we just can't afford to make those little mistakes. The season's not over though, and we're looking forward to Hobart next week and sending our seniors off on a high note."
The Falcons close out their season next weekend, April 27, when they host ECAC foe Hobart in a 12:00 p.m. contest.