Air Force Hosts #17 Fairfield in Home Finale
Senior captain Adam Paranka

April 12, 2012

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The Air Force lacrosse team closes out its 2012 home slate this Saturday, April 14, as it hosts 17th-ranked Fairfield in an ECAC contest. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.

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Series History: Fairfield leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: Last season, the Stags earned a 6-4 victory over the Falcons in Fairfield on March 11.

Sophomore Tommy McKee scored a career-best seven points (5g, 2a) to lead Air Force to its first ECAC win of the season, defeating Bellarmine, 12-8, on Sunday. The Falcons, who began the game with a 2-0 deficit, went on an 8-0 scoring run to take control of the game.

Freshman Keith Dreyer added four points (1g, 3a) for the Falcons, while freshman long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien added a career-best three points (1g, 2a). In addition, sophomore Bryan Price led Air Force at the face-off X, winning 14-of-22 draws.

Air Force comes into this weekend with a 6-4 overall record and 1-2 mark in the ECAC after defeating Bellarmine, 12-8, on Sunday.

Freshman Keith Dreyer leads the Falcons' offense with 42 points on the season, including a team-best 25 assists, while sophomore Mike Crampton is the team's top goal scorer with 23 tallies on the year.

Fairfield, ranked 17th in both the USILA coaches poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, currently holds a 9-2 overall record and 2-1 ledger in the ECAC. The Stags are coming off a narrow 8-6 loss to fourth-ranked conference foe Loyola.

Brent Adams has registered a team-best 30 points (22g, 8a) on the season, while leading goal-scorer John Snellman (26g, 3a) and Sam Snow (23g, 5a) add 29 and 28 points, respectively. Michael Roe leads the Stags at the face-off X, with a .636 win percentage, while goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano holds an 8.53 goals against average and .551 save percentage.

In the latest national statistical rankings released by the NCAA (through games of April 8), Air Force ranks second in the nation in man-up offense (542), while ranking in the top 20 in seven other categories: scoring offense (T8th/12.0), assists per game (9th/7.9), points per game (10th/19.9), shot percentage (10th/.328), scoring margin (12th/+2.9), scoring defense (19th/9.1) and ground balls per game (20th/30.4).

In addition, the Falcons have several players who are ranked among the top 35 nationally in various statistical categories. Freshman Keith Dreyer ranks second in the nation in assists per game with 2.5 and ninth nationally in points per game (4.2), while sophomore Mike Crampton ranks 24th in goals per game (2.3). In addition, sophomore Bryan Price is ranked 22nd in face-off win percentage (.551) and junior goalkeeper Austin Fox is ranked 27th in goals against average (9.87).

Through games of April 8, Fairfield ranks fourth in the nation in face-off win percentage (.609), while ranking in the top 20 in five other categories: win percentage (T8th/.818), scoring defense (16th/8.91), scoring margin (18th/+1.82), scoring offense (20th/10.73) and turnovers per game (T20th/14.73).

Individually, Michael Roe ranks eighth in face-off win percentage (.633) and 19th in ground balls per game (4.91), while goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano ranks 13th in saves per game (10.73), 15th in goals against average (8.55) and 16th in save percentage (.551). In addition, John Snellman ranks 20th nationally in goals per game with 2.36.

Saturday's game will mark the final home appearance for Air Force's seven seniors--Joe Boyle, John DeBonis, Matt Sanders, Matthew Selby and team captains Dayton Gilbreath, John Krzyminski and Adam Paranka. The seven players will be honored in a pre-game ceremony slated to begin at 11:40 a.m.

In addition to giving special recognition to the Falcons' senior class, the Air Force lacrosse program will also hold a halftime ceremony in honor of former Falcon coaches Jim Keating (Lt. Col. [Ret.]) and the late Tony Cillo (Lt. Col. [Ret.]). Keating and Cillo, who coached the Falcons' varsity program from 1968-1974, were instrumental in forming the tradition of Air Force lacrosse.

Sophomore Tommy McKee earned the first weekly ECAC honor of his career this week, as he was named the league's co-offensive player of the week.

McKee helped lead the Falcons to their first ECAC victory of the season on Sunday, registering a career-high seven points in Air Force's 12-8 win over Bellarmine. McKee, who tallied a season-best five goals and a career-high-tying two assists, notched the Falcons' final two scores of the game, including one with just nine seconds on the clock, to ice Air Force's victory over the Knights.

Sophomore Tommy McKee registered a career-high seven points against Bellarmine on Sunday, tallying a season-best five goals, while adding a career-high-tying two assists. McKee became the second Air Force player to notch seven points in a single game this season (joining freshman Keith Dreyer); the previous seven-point performance by a Falcon came in 2005.

In his first year of competition for the Falcons, sophomore Bryan Price has continued to improve at the face-off X, currently holding a .551 win percentage. Against Bellarmine on Sunday, Price led the way for the Falcons, winning a career-high 14 face-offs.

Freshman Keith Dreyer has been an invaluable asset for the Falcons on the offensive end this season, currently leading the team with 42 points on the year. Dreyer also has registered 25 assists in 2012, becoming just the third Falcon over the past 14 seasons to record at least 20 assists in a single season, and the first to do so as a freshman.

Will Meister, a 2007 USAFA graduate, reached the 20-assist mark in his sophomore (23), junior (27) and senior (20) seasons, while 2010 graduate Ridge Flick recorded a team-leading 22 assists in his junior year.

The Falcons are back on the road next weekend, April 20, when they visit ECAC foe Ohio State in the "Showdown in the Shoe". The game, which will be held at Ohio Stadium, will begin at 11:00 a.m. (ET), prior to the Buckeyes' spring football game.



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