Juniors Tommy McKee (Holt, Mich.) and Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) anchored the Falcons’ offense as the Air Force lacrosse team knocked off 12th-ranked Lehigh, 15-10, Sunday afternoon in the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, being played at the Holaday Athletic Center.
Both teams had to battle a bit of adversity before the contest even started. The tournament, hosted by the University of Denver, underwent a venue change on Sunday due to inclement weather in the area, moving down to the Air Force Academy, just north of Colorado Springs. Originally slated for an 11:00 a.m. face-off, action for the day’s first game did not start until 1:40 p.m.
Lehigh (2-2) struck first, getting on the board two minutes into the contest, but freshmen Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Alex Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) responded with back-to-back scores to give Air Force a 2-1 advantage at the 10:32 mark. The teams traded goals throughout the remainder of the first period, with Allen tallying his second goal with just 12 seconds on the clock, as Air Force took a 4-3 lead into the second quarter.
The back and forth scoring continued in the second period, with McKee and Lehigh’s Dante Fantoni each scoring two goals in a space of less than two minutes. A tally from Crampton at the eight-minute mark pushed Air Force’s margin to 7-5, but the Mountain Hawks came right back with another score to get back within one. The Falcons added two more scores, a goal from Kyle Cassady (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) and the third of the day from Allen, to take a 9-6 lead, but Lehigh closed out the period with another score to bring the halftime margin to 9-7.