Air Force Faces No. 8 Loyola Maryland in Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic

    Junior Erik Smith

    Junior Erik Smith

    March 14, 2013

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    ♦ This Week...
    The Air Force lacrosse team is back in action this Saturday, March 16, when it takes part in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, being played at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. The Falcons will face ECAC foe in a 2:00 p.m. contest.

    ♦ Game Information
    Live Stats:
    denverpioneers.com
    Live Video: espn3.com
    Series History: Loyola leads, 6-1
    Last Meeting: Loyola 15, Air Force 8 (3/17/12 @ Loyola)

    ♦ Last Time Out...
    A second-half rally fell short, as Air Force dropped its ECAC opener, 11-10, to Bellarmine on the road. After falling into a 6-0 first-half deficit, the Falcons eventually tied the game thanks to an eight-goal scoring output in the third quarter, but were unable to take over the lead. Sophomore Keith Dreyer scored a season-high five points (2g, 3a), while Ryland DePol, Kyle Cassady and Mike Crampton each added two goals.

    ♦ Scouting the Falcons...
    Air Force currently holds a 4-3 record on the year and 0-1 mark in the ECAC following its road loss to Bellarmine last weekend.

    The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered 22 points (16g, 6a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee has recorded a team-leading 20 goals. Sophomore Keith Dreyer has added 19 points, including a team-high 13 assists, while junior captain Erik Smith leads the Falcons with 38 ground balls.

    ♦ Scouting the Greyhounds...
    Loyola Maryland, ranked eighth in this week's USILA coaches poll and 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, enters this weekend's contest with a 4-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in the ECAC. The Greyhounds are coming off a 9-8 non-conference road loss to Duke.

    Justin Ward is the offensive leader for Loyola with 27 points (16g, 11a) on the year, while Mike Sawyer is second on the team with 17 points (15g, 2a). Scott Ratliff leads the Greyhounds' defense with 33 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers on the season, while Blake Burkhart holds a .579 win percentage at the face-off X.

    ♦ Slow-Starting Offense...
    The Falcons have gotten out to slow starts offensively in each of their last two games, scoring just one first-half goal against both Marquette and Bellarmine. While Air Force has recovered in the second-half, including an eight-goal output in the third quarter at Bellarmine, the Falcons' slow starts have resulted in a pair of close losses (8-6 to Marquette and 11-10 to Bellarmine).

    ♦ Up Next...
    Air Force takes on another ranked ECAC foe next weekend, March 23, when it visits Denver in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

     

     

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