Air Force Visits Denver for Regular-Season Finale
April 22, 2009
The Air Force lacrosse team wraps up the 2009 regular season this weekend, April 25, when it visits conference rival Denver. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Last Time Out...
Playing in heavy winds and snow, the Falcons led for most of the contest versus the Buckeyes, breaking a second-half 5-5 stalemate with four consecutive scores en route to the 9-6 victory. Senior K.J. Landgraf and junior Ridge Flick led the Air Force offense against Ohio State, tallying three goals and two assists each.
Meanwhile, on Senior Day versus Detroit, the Falcons responded to an early 1-0 deficit by scoring seven unanswered goals in the opening half. Air Force, which saw action by every player that dressed, went on to capture the 13-6 victory. Leading the way was senior captain Griffin Nevitt, who notched a season-best five points (three goals, two assists).
Scouting the Falcons...
Junior Ridge Flick is the Falcons' leading scorer with 29 points on the season, including a team-high 14 assists. Senior captain Griffin Nevitt (14g, 12a) is second on the team with 26 points, while senior K.J. Landgraf and sophomore Vinny Sandtorv share the team lead in goals scored with 20.
Scouting the Pioneers...
Denver enters this weekend's contest with a 7-7 overall record and 1-3 ledger in the GWLL, after splitting a pair of games with Detroit and Ohio State over the weekend.
Junior Charley Dickenson is the Pioneers' leading scorer with 35 points and a team-high 22 assists. Meanwhile, senior Joey Murray, who has a team-best 24 goals, and freshman Mark Matthews (21g, 8a) are tied for second on the team with 29 points each. In addition, Ben Wahler is Denver's top face-off man, winning 153-of-265 (.577) on the season.
Air Force in the Statistical Rankings...
In addition, the Falcons have a few players who are ranked among the top 50 nationally in various statistical categories. Midfielder Zack Carroll ranks 28th in the nation in face-off win percentage (.528). Long-stick midfielder Dan Gnazzo ranks tied for 37th in the nation and is third in the GWLL in ground balls per game with 4.0, while junior Ridge Flick ranks tied for 38th in the nation and tied for third in the GWLL in assists per game with 1.17.
How They Rate...
Denver also has a few players who rank among the top 50 in individual statistics. Midfielder Ben Wahler leads the conference in both face-off win percentage (.577) and ground balls per game (5.79), ranking 11th and 16th, respectively, in the nation in those two categories. Charley Dickenson ranks tied for 11th in the nation and first in the conference in assists per game (1.69), while goalkeeper Pete Lowell ranks 39th in goals against average (9.82) and 41st in save percentage (.511). In addition, Brendan Deblois ranks tied for 40th in the nation in ground balls per game with 3.92.
Going to the GWLL Tourney...
Winning in the GWLL...
Ending A Streak...
Continuing A Streak...
On the Penalty Kill...
Air Force is one of just two Division I men's lacrosse teams scheduled to play fewer than five home games during the season. The other is first-year program (and upcoming opponent) Detroit, which had just one home contest on its schedule.
Nationally, there are just 11 defensemen/long-stick midfielders who have scored at least five points on the season, including three from Air Force.
Wilson Settling In...
Although Wilson does not qualify to be ranked in national statistics (goalkeepers must have played in at least 60 percent of their team's minutes), his numbers compare favorably. His overall save percentage would rank in the top 30 nationally, while his 7.68 GAA would rank in the top 10 nationally and second in the GWLL (behind Notre Dame's nation-leading Scott Rodgers).
Winning at the X...
GWLL Player of the Week...
Air Force Player of the Week...
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