March 28, 2013
The Air Force lacrosse team plays its fourth-straight game away from home this weekend, March 30, as it visits ECAC foe Michigan. The contest is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET) at Michigan Stadium.
Live Stats/Video: mgoblue.com
Series History: Air Force leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Air Force 15, Michigan 6 (2/26/12 - Denver, Colo.)
LAST TIME OUT...
Air Force came up just short of an upset on Tuesday, dropping a heartbreaking 11-10 overtime road decision to fourth-ranked Denver. The Falcons led for most of the contest, holding a 9-6 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. However, Wesley Berg led a late rally for the Pioneers, scoring three of Denver's next four goals in regulation, while tallying the game-winner in the extra period to cap off a six-goal performance on the day.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this weekend with a 4-5 overall record and 0-3 mark in the ECAC, following its overtime loss to fourth-ranked Denver on Tuesday.
The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered 27 points (21g, 6a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee has recorded a team-leading 22 goals. Sophomore Keith Dreyer has added 21 points, including a team-high 14 assists, while junior captain Erik Smith leads the Falcons with 42 ground balls on the year.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES...
Michigan enters this weekend's contest with an 0-9 overall record and 0-4 mark in the ECAC. The Wolverines are coming off a 10-3 loss to then-sixth-ranked Loyola Maryland.
Freshman Kyle Jackson leads the team in total points (18), including a team-best 11 goals, while also tying Mike Hernandez for the team lead in assists with seven. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Gerald Logan leads the nation in saves per game, averaging 15.89 stops per contest.
FALCONS IN OVERTIME...
Air Force's contest at Denver was its first overtime game of the season, and its first since last March. Wednesday's game was also just the third time during coach Eric Seremet's tenure that the Falcons have gone into extra periods, with both previous games resulting in Air Force victories over service-academy rival Army.
Freshman midfielder Christopher Allen has made great progress in the early season and currently ranks among the Falcons' leading scorers, ranking fourth on the team in both goals (10) and assists (5) and fifth in total points.
Allen has also started each of the last two games for Air Force, finishing as one of the Falcons' top scorers in both contests. Against Loyola, Allen tallied a team-best four points (2g, 2a), while notching two goals versus Denver.
Air Force notched its first man-down goal of the season in its game versus Denver on Tuesday, with sophomore Keith Dreyer finding the back of the net during a one-minute Falcon penalty in the third quarter.
Dreyer is the only current Air Force player who has recorded a man-down score in his career. He also tallied a man-down goal in the Falcons' season finale at Hobart last year.
So far this season, four different players have registered hat tricks, led by juniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee with four each. McKee recorded three goals against North Carolina, four goals against both High Point and Lehigh and five goals versus Marquette. Meanwhile, Crampton tallied four goals against High Point and three scores versus Rutgers, Lehigh and Denver. Crampton now has a team-best 12 hat tricks for his career, while McKee is second on the team with 10 career hat tricks.
In addition, sophomore Keith Dreyer and freshman Christopher Allen both recorded hat tricks in the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic. Dreyer scored a team-leading three goals in the Falcons' win over Canisius, marking the fourth hat trick of his career, while Allen tallied his first career hat trick with three goals versus Lehigh.
Junior Mike Crampton has scored at least one goal in 24 straight games, dating back to the 2011 season. He is currently tied for the fourth-longest goal scoring streak among active Division I players.
Meanwhile, classmate Tommy McKee has scored at least one goal in 16 consecutive games, a streak which ties for the 10th-longest in the nation.
SCORING WITH A LONG POLE...
Sophomore long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien currently ranks among the national leaders in career points by an LSM/defenseman. O'Brien now has 11 career points (4g, 7a), which ranks as the 10th-most in Division I.
Air Force takes a break from conference play next weekend, April 6, when it visits Mercer in a 1:00 p.m. (ET) contest.