Falcons Set to Host Michigan in ECAC Showdown

    Senior Tommy McKee

    Senior Tommy McKee

    March 27, 2014

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    The Air Force lacrosse team begins a three-game homestand this Saturday, March 29, when it hosts ECAC foe Michigan. The contest is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.

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    Series History: Air Force leads, 2-0
    Last Meeting: Air Force 10, Michigan 6 (3/30/13 @ Michigan)

    Air Force shut out Binghamton in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-8 road victory over the Bearcats last Sunday. Senior captain Mike Crampton led the way for the Falcons' offense, registering four goals and a season-high three assists, while senior Tommy McKee added three goals. Meanwhile, senior captains Erik Smith and Bryan Price led Air Force's dominance at the face-off X, combining for 17-of-22 face-off wins.

    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.

    Michigan enters this weekend's contest with a 4-6 overall record and 1-0 mark in the ECAC and is coming off a 15-6 loss to Saint Joseph's. Ian King leads the Wolverines' offense with a team-best 22 points (21g, 1a), while Thomas Paras (9g, 8a) and Kyle Jackson (13g, 3a) have added 17 and 16 points, respectively. Meanwhile, face-off midfielder Brad Lott leads the conference in both face-off win percentage (.587) and ground balls per game (7.38).

    Seniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee both finished with hat tricks against Binghamton to help pace the Falcons' offense last weekend, with each of them recording their third hat trick of the season. Crampton currently leads the Falcons in career hat tricks with 19, while McKee ranks second on the team with 13.

    Senior captains Bryan Price and Erik Smith both contributed to the Falcons' dominant performance at the face-off X against Binghamton last weekend, combining to win 17-of-22 draws. Price won 9-of-13 face-offs for Air Force, while Smith won eight of his nine draws against the Bearcats and picked up a season-high eight ground balls.

    Senior Mike Crampton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week on March 24, for his performance in the Falcons' win over Binghamton. Crampton had a hand in seven of the Falcons' 10 goals on the afternoon, finishing with four goals and three assists against the Bearcats. In addition to notching three goals and two assists in the first half alone, Crampton scored an assist on the Falcons' game-winner late in the fourth quarter and added an insurance goal with 1:06 remaining to seal Air Force's victory.

    Junior Keith Dreyer currently ranks as one of the top 10 Division I active career leaders in a pair of statistical categories. Dreyer ranks sixth among active players in career assists per game (1.89), while rating 10th in total assists (66).

    Meanwhile, senior Mike Crampton sits just outside the top 10 in another category, ranking tied for 12th among active players in career goals (97).

    Senior Tommy McKee currently owns the longest goal scoring streak in the nation, having scored at least one goal in 29 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Meanwhile, his 32-game point scoring streak is currently the 11th-longest in the nation.

    UP NEXT...
    Air Force continues its homestand next weekend, April 5, for a non-conference contest versus Mercer. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.



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