Falcons Close Out Road Slate at Fairfield
Junior Kyle Cassady

April 11, 2013

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The Air Force lacrosse team plays its final road game of the regular season this weekend, April 13, when it visits Fairfield in an ECAC match-up. The Falcons and Stags will face off at 2:00 p.m. (ET) at Lessing Field.

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Series History: Fairfield leads, 6-2
Last Meeting: No. 17 Fairfield 12, Air Force 10 (4/14/12 @USAFA)

Junior captain Mike Crampton scored a career-best 11 points (3g, 8a) to lead Air Force to a 15-9 victory over Mercer Saturday in a non-conference road contest.

Crampton, who tallied his third-consecutive hat trick, registered a career-high eight assists versus the Bears, while sophomore Ryland De Pol had a breakout game for the Falcons as well, scoring a career-best five points, including his first career hat trick. Juniors Kyle Cassady and Erik Smith each added two goals and an assist, Tommy McKee pitched in two goals and Keith Dreyer tallied two assists.

The Falcons, who outshot the Bears 50-28 for the game, opened the contest with a 4-0 advantage, and led by as many as seven points en route to the win.

Air Force enters this weekend with a 6-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the ECAC. The Falcons are coming off a 15-9 road victory over Mercer last Saturday.

The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered a team-high 42 points (27g, 15a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee is second on the team with 29 points (26g, 3a). Sophomore Keith Dreyer has added 25 points, including a team-high 16 assists, while junior captain Erik Smith has recorded 24 points (16g, 8a) and a team-leading 49 ground balls on the year.

Fairfield enters this weekend's contest with a 6-5 overall record and 2-2 ledger in the ECAC, following a 13-7 road loss to sixth-ranked Loyola Maryland last weekend.

Jordan Greenfield leads the Stags with 30 points on the season, including a team-best 24 goals, while Sam Snow is second on the team with 24 points (15g, 9a). Other leading scorers for Fairfield include Tristan Sperry (15g, 3a) and Colin McLinden (9g, 9a) with 18 points each. Between the pipes, Jack Murphy holds a .542 save percentage and has grabbed a team-high 50 ground balls on the season.

Air Force concludes its road slate this weekend versus Fairfield, as it plays its sixth-straight game away from home. The Falcons have played just two of their first 11 games at the Academy and will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home contests, hosting Ohio State (April 20) and Hobart (April 27).

Junior captain Mike Crampton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Offensive Player of the Week on April 8 for his standout performance versus Mercer, while also garnering Air Force Co-Athlete of the Week honors. Crampton received the first ECAC honor of his career, while earning Air Force athlete of the week honors for the second time in his career.

Crampton scored a career-best 11 points to lead Air Force to a 15-9 victory over Mercer on Saturday, tallying three goals and a personal-best eight assists against the Bears. Crampton, who reached the 100-career point plateau with his performance, recorded his third consecutive hat trick (and sixth of the season), scoring three of the Falcons' first four goals. He also had a hand in each of Air Force's first seven scores. Crampton, who entered the contest with seven assists on the season, posted the Falcons' highest assist total in a single game since 1990.

Junior captain Mike Crampton had the best offensive game of his career in the Falcons' win versus Mercer on Saturday, finishing with 11 points on three goals and a personal-best eight assists. Crampton, who scored three of Air Force's first four scores, had a hand in each of the Falcons' first seven goals against the Bears.

With his eight assists on Saturday, Crampton more than doubled his season assist total, entering the contest with seven assists on the year. Meanwhile, prior to the Mercer game, Crampton had never registered more than two assists in a single contest.

The 11 points scored by Mike Crampton against Mercer on Saturday rank as the most in a single game by a Falcon in Air Force's modern era (the "modern era" began in 1994, when the Falcons began play in a full Division I conference). Meanwhile, Crampton's eight assists versus the Bears are also a modern-era record, and the most for a Falcon since 1990.

With his 11 points versus Mercer, junior Mike Crampton reached the 100-point mark for his career, becoming the first Falcon since Griffin Nevitt in 2009 to tally 100 points in his career.

The fifth Air Force player in the modern era to reach the 100-point plateau, Crampton is just the second to achieve the milestone as a junior, joining 2007 graduate Will Meister.

One of the top performers for Air Force against Mercer on Saturday was sophomore Ryland De Pol, who scored a career-best five points versus the Bears. De Pol registered the first hat trick of his career, including a personal-best two man-up goals, while also adding a season-high (and career-high-tying) two assists.

Paced by eight assists from junior Mike Crampton, Air Force tallied assists on all but one of its 15 goals against Mercer on Saturday, setting a season-best mark for assists in a game.

So far this season, five different players have registered hat tricks, led by juniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee with six and four, respectively. Crampton, who has registered hat tricks in each of his last three games, tallied four goals against High Point and three scores versus Rutgers, Lehigh, Denver, Michigan and Mercer. Meanwhile, McKee recorded three goals against North Carolina, four goals against both High Point and Lehigh and five goals versus Marquette. Crampton now has a team-best 14 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. Sophomore Ryland De Pol became the latest Air Force player this season to register a hat trick, recording three goals versus Mercer to earn the first hat trick of his career.

Junior Mike Crampton has scored at least one goal in 26 straight games, dating back to the 2011 season. He is currently tied for the fourth-longest goal scoring streak among active Division I players and the 10th-longest point scoring streak.

Meanwhile, classmate Tommy McKee has scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive games, a streak which ties for the eighth-longest in the nation.

Junior captain Bryan Price has been a strength for the Falcons at the face-off X this season, winning 60.6 percents of his attempts. Over the past three games, Price has won 27-of-41 face-offs taken, including 9-of-11 in Air Force's victory over Michigan on March 30.

Air Force returns to the Academy for its next contest, an ECAC match-up versus Ohio State on Saturday, April 20. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.



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