Air Force Heads to Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic
Sophomore Keith Dreyer

Feb. 21, 2013

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The Air Force lacrosse team is back in action this weekend, Feb. 23-24, as it competes in the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, hosted by the University of Denver. The Falcons will take on Canisius in their first game of the weekend, while facing 12th-ranked Lehigh on Sunday. Both of Air Force's game are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Live Stats:
Series History: Air Force leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Air Force 14, Canisius 11 (4/19/97- East Lansing, Mich.)

Live Stats:
Series History: Lehigh leads, 6-1
Last Meeting: Lehigh 14, Air Force 13 (3/6/10 - Denver, Colo.)

The Falcons captured their second-straight victory of the season, earning an 11-9 victory over Rutgers last Saturday. Air Force fought off a rally by the Scarlet Knights to post its first win over Rutgers since 1995.

Junior Mike Crampton notched his second-straight hat trick, leading the Falcons' offense with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Keith Dreyer added a goal and two assists.

Air Force, receiving votes in this week's coaches poll, currently holds a 2-1 record on the year following its road victory over Rutgers last weekend.

The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered 12 points (9g, 3a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee shares the team lead with nine goals. Junior Erik Smith has added eight points (5g, 3a) through the first three games, while sophomore Keith Dreyer leads the team with six assists. Smith also leads the Falcons with 20 ground balls, while senior goalie Austin Fox has recorded 29 stops between the pipes.

Canisius, a 2012 NCAA participant, opens its 2013 season this weekend with its games versus Air Force and Denver.

Among the leading returners for the Golden Griffins this season are sophomore Tim Edwards, who registered 32 points (13g, 19a) in his rookie campaign, and senior midfielder Mike Moran, who won over 51 percent of his face-offs taken last season.

Lehigh, ranked 12th in this week's USILA coaches poll and eighth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, enters this weekend's tournament with a 2-0 overall record, following a 11-9 road victory over Villanova last weekend.

David DiMaria is the leading scorer for the Mountain Hawks after two games, registering 14 points (9g, 5a), while Dante Fantone has added 10 points (6g, 4a). Face-off specialist Ryan Snyder is winning 61.5 percent of his draws taken, while goalkeeper Matt Poillon averages 12.0 saves per game and holds a goals against average of 5.23.

Air Force's man-down unit has been outstanding to start the season, holding all three of its opponents scoreless on extra-man opportunities. North Carolina was 0-of-1 on the EMO, High Point was 0-of-6 on extra-man chances and Rutgers was scoreless on both of its man-up opportunities.

In the first three games of the season, the Falcons have had two different players record a pair of hat tricks each. Junior Tommy McKee notched hat tricks in each of Air Force's first two 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, and added another hat trick against Rutgers last weekend.

Crampton now has a team-best 10 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 18 straight games, dating back to the 2011 season. He currently holds the fifth-longest goal scoring streak among active Division I players.

After five straight games away from the Academy, Air Force opens it 2013 home slate next Saturday, March 2, as it hosts first-year program Marquette in a 12:00 p.m. contest at Falcon Stadium.



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