Air Force Heads to Rutgers for Non-Conference Action

    Sophomore Kyle O'Brien
    Sophomore Kyle O'Brien

    Feb. 14, 2013

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    The Air Force lacrosse team returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 16, with a non-conference road game at Rutgers. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

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    Series History: Rutgers leads, 7-1
    Last Meeting: Rutgers 11, Air Force 10 (2/19/12 - Syracuse, N.Y.)

    The Falcons opened the 2013 season in the Tarheel State last weekend, dropping a 16-8 contest to fourth-ranked North Carolina, while defeating High Point, 14-4.

    Air Force was outscored 8-2 in the second half in its loss to the Tar Heels. Junior Tommy McKee was the Falcons' leading scorer, registering his first hat trick of the year. Meanwhile, the Falcons rebounded against High Point on Sunday, dominating offensively for the 10-goal victory. Mike Crampton led the way for the offense with four goals, while McKee recorded his second-straight hat trick.

    Air Force currently holds a 1-1 record on the year following its season-opening trip in North Carolina.

    The Falcons' offense is led by juniors Mike Crampton (6g, 1a) and Tommy McKee (7g), who have each notched seven points on the season. Junior Erik Smith has added six points (4g, 2a) through the first two games, while sophomore Keith Dreyer has handed out a team-leading four assists. Smith also leads the Falcons with 17 ground balls, while senior goalie Austin Fox has recorded 21 stops between the pipes.

    Rutgers enters this weekend with a 1-0 record, following a 15-6 victory over Manhattan in its season opener last week.

    Junior Nick DePaolera led the Scarlet Knights against the Jaspers with a career-high five goals, while Steve DiGiovanni and Nick Kilkowski each added two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Kris Alleyne tallied 13 saves versus Manhattan, while Rutgers dominated on face-offs, with Joseph Nardella winning 21-of-24 for the game.

    Air Force's man-down unit was outstanding in its first weekend of competition, holding its opponents scoreless on extra-man opportunities. North Carolina was 0-of-1 on the EMO, while High Point was unable to score on any of its six extra-man chances.

    In the first two games of the season, the Falcons have had two different players record hat tricks. Junior Tommy McKee notched hat tricks in each of Air Force's games, recording three goals against North Carolina, while scoring four goals versus High Point. Meanwhile, classmate Mike Crampton tallied his first hat trick of the season with four goals against High Point, matching his career high.

    Crampton now has a team-best nine hat tricks for his career, while McKee is second on the team with eight career hat tricks.

    Junior Mike Crampton has scored at least one goal in 17 straight games, dating back to the 2011 season. He currently holds the sixth-longest goal scoring streak among active Division I players.

    Sophomore long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien currently ranks among the national leaders in career points by an LSM/defenseman. With his goal versus High Point on Sunday, O'Brien now has 10 career points (4g, 6a), which ranks as the seventh-most in Division I.

    UP NEXT...
    The Falcons head up to Denver to compete at the DU Face-off Classic next weekend, Feb. 23-24. Air Force will face Canisius in its first game of the weekend, while taking on Lehigh on Sunday. Both games are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.



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