Air Force Hosts ECAC Rival Hobart in Season Finale

    Senior Kyle Nazarek
    Senior Kyle Nazarek

    April 25, 2013

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    The Air Force lacrosse team closes out its 2013 slate this Saturday, April 27, when it hosts ECAC foe Hobart. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.

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    Series History: Hobart leads, 3-1
    Last Meeting: Hobart 12, Air Force 8 (4/28/12 @Hobart)

    Air Force dropped its fourth one-goal game of the season, falling to 12th-ranked Ohio State, 10-9, last Saturday at Falcon Stadium.

    Junior captain Mike Crampton and sophomore Keith Dreyer each tallied four points to lead the Falcons, with Crampton registering his seventh hat trick of the year, while Dreyer recorded a season-high-tying three assists.

    Air Force enters this weekend with a 6-7 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the ECAC. The Falcons are coming off another close loss, falling to No. 12 Ohio State, 10-9, on Saturday.

    The Falcons' offense is led by junior captain Mike Crampton, who has registered a team-high 49 points (31g, 18a) on the season, while classmate Tommy McKee is second on the team with 32 points (28g, 4a). Sophomore Keith Dreyer has added 31 points, including a team-high 21 assists, while junior captain Erik Smith has recorded 25 points (17g, 8a) and a team-leading 54 ground balls on the year.

    Hobart, receiving votes in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, enters this weekend with a 6-7 overall record and 2-4 mark in the ECAC. After upsetting Syracuse on the road last week, the Statesmen dropped a 19-11 contest to Loyola on Saturday.

    Alex Love leads Hobart with 53 points on the season, including a team-leading 45 goals, while Cam Stone has added 46 points on the year and has a team-best 27 assists.

    Prior to the game versus Hobart on Saturday, Air Force will honor the five members of its senior class--Austin Fox, Pat Harrison, Conor Hogan, Kyle Nazarek and Dan Schonfeld.

    Air Force has had its share of close games this season, with seven of its 13 contests decided by two goals or fewer. The Falcons are just 2-5 in those seven games, including an 0-4 mark in one-goal contests this year. Of Air Force's five ECAC losses this season, just one (the Falcons' loss to defending national champion Loyola) was decided by more than one goal.

    Junior captain Mike Crampton has already scored a personal-best 31 points this season, marking the highest goal total for a Falcon since Chris MacAulay registered 37 goals in 1998. Additionally, Crampton's 49 points this year are the most for an Air Force player since MacAulay scored 50 points that same season.



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