Lacrosse Downs Providence In OT, 9-8
Less than 24 hours after losing
a game to Brown on Sunday, the Air Force Academy lacrosse team defeated
Providence College, 9-8, Monday, March 12 in a match held at Harvard Univ. in
Boston. The Falcons dominated the
Brown game in many statistical categories, but came up short only to rebound
quickly and hand Providence a 9-8 sudden death overtime defeat when C3C (So.)
Eric Lederer netted the game winner at 1:46 in the overtime period.
Providence broke out to a 5-3 lead at halftime, but the Falcons came out
running in the third period. With
one minute left in the period, the Falcons had stormed back to a 7-5 lead, only
to surrender two goals in the final minute.
The two teams were knotted, 7-7, going into the fourth quarter.
Regulation ended at an 8-8 tie.
One minute and forty-six seconds later, Lederer
sealed the victory. Also scoring on
the day was C3C Kyle Warf with three goals and one assist, C1C (Sr.) J. Agnew
with two goals and one assist, C3C Alex Demanss with two goals, C2C (Jr.) Matt
Dudderar with a goal, and C1C Dylan Quinn with an assist.
Air Force outshot the Friars, 46-19, had more ground balls, 31-29, and
won 16 of 20 faceoffs. Especially
dominant on faceoffs was C1C Craig Anders, who won 12 of 13 attempts.
The junior defensemen, Michael Garrott and Bruce Phillips, played good
games once again, and Nick Wzientek came back from an injury to play nearly
three quarters of defense for the Falcons.
Long stick middies, C3C John Anacker and C1C Steve Berger also played
Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Moss started the game and collected four saves,
and C3C Billy Arnold collected four as well in the second half.
The Providence goalie had 19 saves on Falcons shots. The Falcons next game will be against Great Western
Lacrosse League member Fairfield University in Fairfield on March 24.