Air Force Visits No. 5 Denver in ECAC Showdown

    Freshman Brenden Coleman

    Freshman Brenden Coleman

    March 21, 2013

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    The Air Force lacrosse team heads back to the Mile High City this weekend, March 23, when it faces ECAC rival Denver. The game, which is being played at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.

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    Series History: Air Force leads, 52-19
    Last Meeting: Denver 11, Air Force 8 (3/24/12 @ USAFA)

    In a neutral-site game against the defending national champions, Air Force dropped a 13-7 decision to eighth-ranked Loyola Maryland in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Freshman Christopher Allen matched a career-high with four points (2g, 2a) to lead the Falcons, while junior Mike Crampton added two goals.

    Air Force enters this weekend with a 4-4 overall record and 0-2 mark in the ECAC, following its neutral-site loss to No. 8 Loyola Maryland last weekend.

    The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered 24 points (18g, 6a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee has recorded a team-leading 21 goals. Sophomore Keith Dreyer has added 19 points, including a team-high 13 assists, while junior captain Erik Smith leads the Falcons with 40 ground balls.

    Denver, ranked fifth in this week's USILA coaches poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, enters this weekend's contest with a 5-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in the ECAC. The Pioneers are coming off a 13-12 overtime loss to then-fourth-ranked Notre Dame in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic.

    Eric Law leads Denver's offense with 34 points on the year, including a team-best 17 assists, while Wesley Berg adds 24 points, including a team-leading 20 goals.

    This season, Air Force competes in Denver nearly as much as it does on its own home field. This weekend's game will be the Falcons' third of the season played in the Mile High City, and the second-consecutive game in Denver. Meanwhile, Air Force only had three home games on its 2013 schedule, while a fourth game played at the Academy (a win over Lehigh on Feb. 24) was originally scheduled to take place in Denver.

    This weekend's contest marks the Falcons' fourth game against a ranked opponent this season and its third against a team rated in the top 10 by USILA. Air Force opened the year with a loss at then-fourth-ranked North Carolina, while falling to No. 8 Loyola last weekend.

    The Falcons also have a win over a nationally ranked team this year, when it defeated 12th-ranked Lehigh, 15-10, at home on Feb. 24.

    UP NEXT...
    Air Force is back on the road next weekend, March 30, when it visits Michigan in an ECAC match-up. The game is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).



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