Air Force Heads to Binghamton For Non-Conference Action

    Senior captain Kyle Cassady
    Senior captain Kyle Cassady

    March 20, 2014

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    The Air Force lacrosse team is back on the road this Sunday, March 23, for a non-conference contest versus Binghamton, slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

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    Series History: First Meeting
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    LAST TIME OUT...
    Taking advantage of a strong first-period effort, the Falcons secured a 15-12 road victory over Jacksonville last Saturday. Three different Air Force players--Mike Crampton (2g, 2a), Keith Dreyer (1g, 3a) and Erik Smith (3g, 1a)--tallied four points each, with three Falcons (Smith, Kyle Cassady and Christopher Allen) registering hat tricks. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Doug Gouchoe recorded a career-high 11 saves against the Dolphins.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force enters this weekend with a 4-3 overall record following its win over Jacksonville last weekend. Seniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee have both registered 14 goals and six assists on the season to lead the Falcons' offense, while junior Keith Dreyer has added five goals and a team-high 12 assists on the year. In addition, senior Erik Smith has pitched in 16 points (13g, 3a), while also holding a .619 winning percentage (26-of-42) at the face-off X.

    SCOUTING THE BEARCATS...
    Binghamton holds a 2-4 overall record on the season and is coming off a narrow 10-9 loss to 19th-ranked Colgate. Matt Springer, who ranks ninth in the nation in goals per game (3.0) leads the Bearcats' offense with 21 points (18g, 3a), while Tucker Nelson has added seven goals and a team-high 11 assists on the season.

    A HAT TRICK OF HAT TRICKS...
    Three different Falcons scored hat tricks against Jacksonville on Saturday, with all three starting midfielders tallying three goals each. Senior Kyle Cassady registered the first hat trick of his career versus the Dolphins, while sophomore Christopher Allen and senior Erik Smith both have two hat tricks this season (and four for their respective careers).

    For the season, five different players have registered hat tricks for Air Force, with seniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee also recording two hat tricks on the year. Crampton currently leads the Falcons in career hat tricks with 18, followed by McKee, who ranks second on the team with 12.

    SCORING WITH A LONG POLE...
    Junior long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien tallied his first goal of the season on Saturday versus Jacksonville, scoring a man-down goal, the first of his career. O'Brien currently ranks among the national leaders in career points by an LSM/defenseman with 13 career points (5g, 8a), which is tied for the seventh-most in Division I.

    STILL STREAKING...
    Senior Tommy McKee currently owns the longest goal scoring streak in the nation, having scored at least one goal in 28 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Meanwhile, his 31-game point scoring streak is currently the 12th-longest in the nation.

    THE OFFENSE WINS IT...
    In its three losses this year, Air Force's offense has struggled to find the back of the net, averaging just six goals per game. In contrast, the Falcons have averaged 15 goals per game in their four victories.

    UP NEXT...
    Air Force returns home next weekend, March 29, when it hosts ECAC rival Michigan in a 12:00 p.m. contest at Falcon Stadium.

     

     

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