April 26, 2012
The Air Force lacrosse team closes out the season this Saturday, April 28, when it visits ECAC foe Hobart in a 7:00 p.m. (ET) contest.
Live Stats/Video: hwsathletics.com
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports (Jason Benetti - Play-By-Play/Dale Drypolcher - Color)
Series History: Hobart leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: Last season, Air Force closed out its regular season with a 9-6 victory over Hobart on April 30 at the Academy, earning its first series win over the Statesmen.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons were held scoreless for nearly three periods, as they dropped a 14-4 decision to Ohio State Saturday in the "Showdown in the Shoe." Sophomore Mike Crampton led Air Force with a pair of goals, while classmates Erik Smith and Tommy McKee added the other two scores.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force comes into this weekend with a 6-6 overall record and 1-4 mark in the ECAC after its 14-4 loss to Ohio State on Saturday.
Freshman Keith Dreyer leads the Falcons' offense with 43 points on the season, including a team-best 25 assists, while sophomore Mike Crampton is the team's top goal scorer with 25 tallies on the year.
SCOUTING THE STATESMEN...
Hobart enters this weekend with a 3-9 overall ledger and 1-4 mark in the ECAC. The Statesmen are coming off a 17-6 loss to top-ranked conference foe Loyola.
Cam Stone has registered a team-leading 40 points on the season, including a team-best 28 assists. Meanwhile, Alex Love has registered 39 points, with a team-leading 34 goals. In addition, midfielder Bobby Dattilo ranks among the nation's leaders at the face-off X, winning over 65 percent of his face-offs for the season, and goalkeeper Peter Zonino averages 14.5 saves per contest.
AIR FORCE IN THE STATISTICAL RANKINGS...
In the latest national statistical rankings released by the NCAA (through games of April 22), Air Force ranks in the top 20 in six categories: man-up offense (T11th/.433), assists per game (14th/7.0), points per game (14th/18.17), scoring offense (15th/11.17), shot percentage (18th/.305) and ground balls per game (19th/30.92).
In addition, the Falcons have a pair of players who are ranked among the top 35 nationally in various statistical categories. Freshman Keith Dreyer ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game with 2.08 and tied for 20th nationally in points per game (3.58), while sophomore Mike Crampton ranks tied for 27th in goals per game (2.17).
HOW THEY RATE...
Through games of April 22, Hobart ranks first in the nation in saves per game (13.92), while ranking 12th in face-off win percentage (.564) and tied for 20th in points per game (16.67).
Individually, goalkeeper Peter Zonino leads the nation in saves per game (14.45) and ranks 32nd in save percentage (.520), while midfielder Bobby Dattilo ranks second in face-off win percentage (.659) and fifth in ground balls per game (7.55). Cam Stone ranks fourth in assists per game (2.33) and tied for 29th in points per game (3.33), while Alex Love is sixth in shot percentage (.515), tied for seventh in goals per contest (2.83) and 33rd in points per contest (3.25). In addition, Reid Rosello ranks tied for 34th nationally in caused turnovers per game with 1.42.
Although Air Force has been strong offensively throughout the season, the Falcons struggled against the Buckeyes on Saturday, scoring a season-low four goals. Prior to the game against Ohio State, the Falcons' lowest scoring output was eight goals, against Denver and Loyola.
In addition, the Falcons did not score a single assist against the Buckeyes, with the previous low four assists versus Jacksonville. Meanwhile, Air Force's four total points eclipsed the previous season low of 13 points against Denver.
CRAMPTON'S GOAL STREAK...
Despite Air Force's offensive struggles against Ohio State, sophomore Mike Crampton was still able to find the back of the net for the Falcons, improving his goal-scoring streak to 14 games. Crampton, whose streak is the sixth longest in the nation, has scored at least one goal in 23 of 25 contests in his career.