Air Force Hosts Mercer in Non-Conference Contest

    Senior Tommy McKee

    Senior Tommy McKee

    April 3, 2014

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    The Air Force lacrosse team looks for its fifth-straight victory, as it hosts Mercer in a non-conference match-up this Saturday, April 5. The contest is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.

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    Series History: Air Force leads, 3-0
    Last Meeting: Air Force 15, Mercer 9 (4/6/13 @ Mercer)

    Air Force improved to 2-0 in the ECAC with a 15-12 victory over Michigan last Saturday in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons got out to a hot start, taking a 6-1 lead midway through the opening period, and held off a late rally by the Wolverines.

    Senior Mike Crampton led the Falcons' offense, registering four goals and three assists for the second-straight week, while senior midfielder Kyle Cassady added a career-best six points (3g, 3a). Also registering a hat trick for Air Force was senior Tommy McKee, who finished with three goals and an assist against the Wolverines. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeepers Brett Dadiego and Doug Gouchoe combined for a season-high 13 saves.

    Air Force enters this weekend with a 6-3 overall record following its home win over Michigan last weekend. Senior Mike Crampton has registered a team-leading 34 points, scoring 22 points and 12 assists, while classmate Tommy McKee has added 27 points (20g, 7a) on the year. Junior Keith Dreyer has scored 22 points on eight goals and a team-high 14 assists, while seniors Erik Smith (15g, 5a) and Kyle Cassady (13g, 7a) have each pitched in 20 points.

    Mercer, which is receiving votes in the latest Warrior media poll, enters this weekend's contest with a 6-3 overall record and is coming off a 16-5 road victory over Wagner. Zack Ward leads the Bears' offense with 30 points (25g, 5a), while Chris Baxa has added 29 points (20g, 9a) on the assists. Additionally, Timmy Geran has registered 25 points for Mercer, including a team-leading 20 assists, while Justin Evans has led the Bears' effort at the face-off X, winning over 55 percent of his draws.

    On March 31, senior Mike Crampton earned his second-straight ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors, following his performance in the Falcons' win over Michigan. Crampton led the Falcons' offense with seven points, tallying four goals and three assists against the Wolverines. He completed a hat trick in the first four minutes of the contest, while scoring the eventual game winner late in the third quarter. With his performance, Crampton, who was also named the Air Force Co-Athlete of the Week, reached 101 goals for his career, tying with Tom Sexton for 10th all-time in school history.

    With his four goals against Michigan last weekend, senior captain Mike Crampton moved into the top-10 list of career goal scorers at the Academy. Crampton, who now has 101 goals for his career, is tied with 1988 graduate Tom Sexton for 10th place on the list. Additionally, Crampton is the first Falcon since 1994 to score 100 goals in his career.

    Against Michigan last weekend, Air Force finished with three different players scoring hat tricks for the second time this season. Seniors Mike Crampton (4g) and Tommy McKee (3g) each registered their fourth hat tricks of the season, while classmate Kyle Cassady tallied his second hat trick of the year (and his career). Crampton currently leads the Falcons in career hat tricks with 20, while McKee ranks second on the team with 14.

    Junior Keith Dreyer currently ranks as one of the top 10 Division I active career leaders in a pair of statistical categories. Dreyer ranks eighth among active players in career assists per game (1.86), while rating 10th in total assists (67).

    Meanwhile, senior Mike Crampton ranks tied for 10th among active players in career points (145) and 13th in career goals (101).

    Senior Tommy McKee currently owns the longest goal scoring streak in the nation, having scored at least one goal in 30 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Meanwhile, his 33-game point scoring streak is currently the 10th-longest in the nation.

    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 14.2 goals per game in their six victories.

    UP NEXT...
    Air Force closes out its home schedule next Saturday, April 12, with an ECAC contest versus Fairfield. Prior to the contest, which is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium, Air Force will honor the members of its senior class.



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