Air Force Closes Out Regular Season at Quinnipiac
Senior Matt Puleo

April 24, 2014

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The Air Force lacrosse team wraps up the regular season this Saturday, April 26, with a non-conference road match-up versus Quinnipiac. The contest is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET).

Live Stats:
Series History: Air Force leads, 4-3
Last Meeting: Air Force 13, Quinnipiac 3 (3/3/12 @ USAFA)

The Falcons came up short in a defensive battle, dropping an 8-6 decision to ECAC foe Ohio State last Saturday. Sophomore Christopher Allen led the Falcons' offense with his third hat trick of the year, while junior Keith Dreyer tallied a pair of assists.

Air Force enters this weekend with an 8-4 overall record following its loss to Ohio State last weekend. Senior Mike Crampton has registered a team-leading 49 points, scoring 33 goals and 16 assists, followed by classmate Tommy McKee with 34 points (26g, 8a) and junior Keith Dreyer with 33 points (12g, 21a). Also scoring over 25 points this season are seniors Erik Smith and Kyle Cassady, with 29 and 27 points respectively.

Quinnipiac enters this weekend's contest with a 5-8 overall record after dropping a 14-11 road decision to 13th-ranked Yale. Junior Michael Sagl leads the team in total points, scoring 16 goals and a team-best 25 assists on the year, while Ryan Keenan and Dylan Webster have registered 29 and 24 goals this season, respectively. Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Gill Conners ranks among the nation's leaders in saves per game, averaging 12.75 stops per contest.

Sophomore Christopher Allen registered half of Air Force's goals against Ohio State last weekend, recording his third hat trick of the season (and fifth of his career).

Including Allen, Air Force has had five different players register hat tricks this season, led by senior Mike Crampton, who has tallied at least three goals in six separate games this year. Tommy McKee has scored five hat tricks this season, while seniors Kyle Cassady and Erik Smith have each registered two hat tricks this year.

Crampton currently leads the Falcons in career hat tricks with 22, while McKee ranks second on the team with 15.

Air Force's offense has been the key component in wins and losses this season--in the Falcons' eight victories, the team is averaging 15 goals per game. In contrast, Air Force has averaged just six goals per game in its four losses.

Senior Tommy McKee currently owns the longest goal scoring streak in the nation, having scored at least one goal in 32 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Meanwhile, his 35-game point scoring streak is currently the eighth-longest in the nation.

Air Force's eight victories this season are the most by the Falcons since 1995, when the team finished the year with a 9-3 mark. The Falcons have also clinched their first winning season since 1997, when Air Force posted a 7-5 overall ledger.

Air Force now has four different players who have scored at least 100 points in their respective careers--senior Mike Crampton (160), junior Keith Dreyer (115), senior Tommy McKee (112) and senior Erik Smith (107). In comparison, just two other Air Force players in the past 10 years have scored 100 career points--2007 graduate Will Meister (141) and 2009 graduate Griffin Nevitt (119).

Junior Keith Dreyer ranks as top 10 Division I active career leaders in a pair of statistical categories, ranking eighth in assists per game (1.90) and tied for 10th in total assists (74).

Meanwhile, senior Mike Crampton ranks ninth among active players in career points (160), while also ranking 11th in career goals (112).

The Falcons will head to the ECAC Tournament, being held May 1 and 3, at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Semi-final games will be held at 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, while the championship game is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.



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