THIS WEEK: Air Force travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on the Red Foxes of Marist, Sat., Feb. 17, at noon (ET). The Falcons are looking to make good on last season’s home loss to Marist.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Air Force lacrosse fell to Marist, 10-4, in their 2017 home opener at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons had their lowest scoring game since losing to VMI, 6-4, in 2014. At the final whistle, Chris Walsch led the Falcons with four points from a goal and three assists. Nick Hruby led the scoring charge with two goals. He added an assist for a three-point performance. Then-freshman goalkeeper Paxton Boyer faced 25 shots with coming 16 on goal; he made six saves on the day. Air Force led in shots, 38-25, ground balls, 33-17, and face offs 9-17.
THE SERIES: The Falcons and Red Foxes will be meeting for the fifth time in program history. The teams are tied at two apiece with Marist winning the most recent game.
UP NEXT: Air Force will play Cleveland State at the University of Denver in the 2018 Pioneer Face Off Classic, Fri., Feb. 23. The Falcons and Vikings will square off at Peter Barton Stadium at 4 p.m. (MT).
LAST WEEK: Junior midfielder Jack Flynn notched the Falcons’ first hat trick of the season in the 11-5 home-opener loss to No. 4 University of Denver, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. The then-17th-ranked Falcons fell to 0-2 on the season after taking on two-top five programs in the opening weeks of collegiate lacrosse action. Trent Harper finished the day going .500 at the face off X against three-time All-American Trevor Baptiste who is on the 2018 USILA Player of the Year watch list. It was the first time in Baptiste’s career that he has been held to single-digit faceoff wins.
HARPER TAKES SOCON WEEKLY HONOR: Air Force's Trent Harper has been named the Southern Conference men's lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for all competition thus far in the season. The awards are selected by the league office.
Harper averaged six ground balls per game and caused a turnover in the Falcons' opening two games, which came against No. 1 Duke and No. 4 Denver. Against the Blue Devils on Feb. 4, Harper collected 10 ground balls in addition to scoring a goal and going 16-for-26 on faceoffs (61.5 percent). In a snowy contest against the Pioneers on Saturday, the junior faceoff specialist from Birmingham, Alabama, collected two ground balls and caused a turnover in addition to going 9-for-18 in faceoffs against three-time All-American and 2017 Tewaaraton Award finalist Trevor Baptiste, holding Baptiste in single-digit faceoff wins for the first time in his career.