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Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournment Victory With 13-5 Win Over Richmond On May 7; Falcons Face Duke On May 11


 In front of a crowd of 1,225, the Air Force lacrosse team picked up a 13-5 victory over Richmond in an NCAA Play-in Game held at Falcon Stadium Wednesday evening. The Falcons (11-5), with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, advance to the NCAA First Round to take on top-seed Duke Sunday in Durham, N.C.  Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the Falcons' offense with four goals and as assist, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) tallied three assists. Meanwhile, sophomore Brett Dadiego (Baldwin, N.Y.) had a spectacular performance between the pipes in the opening half, registering eight saves while allowing just one goal.  It was a slow start for the Falcons' offense, which didn't get its first goal until the 7:05 mark in the opening period, as Crampton found the back of the net with an assist from Christopher Allen (So., Hillsborough, N.J.). Richmond evened up the score with three and a half minutes left in the quarter, but Air Force regained the lead with a tally from Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.).  The Falcons went on to shut out the Spiders in the second period, outscoring Richmond 4-0. Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) found the back of the net two minutes into the quarter, followed by a score by Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.)with 12:30 on the clock. Midway through the period, Air Force added back-to-back scores by Crampton and Erik Smith just 30 seconds apart, as the Falcons went into the intermission with a 6-1 advantage.   Air Force put together another 4-0 period after the break, with McKee opening the third period scoring with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter. Sophomore defenseman Luke Leathers (Parker, Colo.) tallied his first career goal after a successful clear on the ensuing face-off, while Crampton closed out the period with two more scores.  The Falcons pushed their advantage to double digits early in the final stanza with an unassisted score by Allen, before Richmond ended its scoring drought with back-to-back goals midway through the period. Air Force responded with scores from James Burke (Jr., Pittsford, N.Y.) and Austin Smith (Fr., Golden, Colo.) to regain a 10-goal lead, but the Spiders closed out the game with two more tallies to account for the final margin.  Air Force outshot Richmond, 38-21, for the game, and had a 37-25 advantage on ground balls. The Falcons also won the battle at the face-off X, particularly in the second half, winning 8-of-12 face-offs in the final two periods.  "We knew Richmond was going to make things a little bit chaotic at times, and they did," said head coach Eric Seremet. "We tried to emphasize that the last few days of practice. I thought the kids did a good job of playing through tonight and understanding how big it is. We have bigger goals."  Air Force 13, Richmond 5  Richmond - 1 0 0 4 - 5  Air Force - 2 4 4 3 - 13

In front of a crowd of 1,225, the Air Force lacrosse team picked up a 13-5 victory over Richmond in an NCAA Play-in Game held at Falcon Stadium Wednesday evening. The Falcons (11-5), with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, advance to the NCAA First Round to take on top-seed Duke Sunday in Durham, N.C.
Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the Falcons’ offense with four goals and as assist, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) tallied three assists. Meanwhile, sophomore Brett Dadiego (Baldwin, N.Y.) had a spectacular performance between the pipes in the opening half, registering eight saves while allowing just one goal.
It was a slow start for the Falcons’ offense, which didn’t get its first goal until the 7:05 mark in the opening period, as Crampton found the back of the net with an assist from Christopher Allen (So., Hillsborough, N.J.). Richmond evened up the score with three and a half minutes left in the quarter, but Air Force regained the lead with a tally from Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.).
The Falcons went on to shut out the Spiders in the second period, outscoring Richmond 4-0. Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) found the back of the net two minutes into the quarter, followed by a score by Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.)with 12:30 on the clock. Midway through the period, Air Force added back-to-back scores by Crampton and Erik Smith just 30 seconds apart, as the Falcons went into the intermission with a 6-1 advantage.
Air Force put together another 4-0 period after the break, with McKee opening the third period scoring with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter. Sophomore defenseman Luke Leathers (Parker, Colo.) tallied his first career goal after a successful clear on the ensuing face-off, while Crampton closed out the period with two more scores.
The Falcons pushed their advantage to double digits early in the final stanza with an unassisted score by Allen, before Richmond ended its scoring drought with back-to-back goals midway through the period. Air Force responded with scores from James Burke (Jr., Pittsford, N.Y.) and Austin Smith (Fr., Golden, Colo.) to regain a 10-goal lead, but the Spiders closed out the game with two more tallies to account for the final margin.
Air Force outshot Richmond, 38-21, for the game, and had a 37-25 advantage on ground balls. The Falcons also won the battle at the face-off X, particularly in the second half, winning 8-of-12 face-offs in the final two periods.
“We knew Richmond was going to make things a little bit chaotic at times, and they did,” said head coach Eric Seremet. “We tried to emphasize that the last few days of practice. I thought the kids did a good job of playing through tonight and understanding how big it is. We have bigger goals.”
Air Force 13, Richmond 5
Richmond – 1 0 0 4 – 5
Air Force – 2 4 4 3 – 13

Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Host Richmond In NCAA National Championship Play-In Game On May 7


 The Air Force lacrosse team will host Atlantic Sun champion Richmond in the play-in round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday, May 7. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.  The Falcons, who have reached 10 wins for the first time since 1989, will make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988. Air Force, which currently holds a 10-5 overall record on the season, earned an automatic bid to the national tournament by capturing the ECAC tournament title. The Falcons, who entered the ECAC Championship as the third-seed, defeated second-seeded host Ohio State, 14-7, in the semifinals, while earning a 9-8 victory over top-seeded and 14th-ranked Fairfield.  Meanwhile, Richmond earned its automatic bid by capturing the Atlantic Sun tournament championship. After earning a 14-6 win over Mercer in the semifinals, the Spiders defeated High Point, 8-7, in the title game. Richmond has compiled a 6-10 overall record in its inaugural season of varsity competition.  The winner of Wednesday night's play-in game between Air Force and Richmond will advance to the NCAA First Round, facing the defending national champion, top-seeded Duke. That contest will be played on Sunday, May 11, at 5:15 p.m. (ET) in Durham, N.C.

The Air Force lacrosse team will host Atlantic Sun champion Richmond in the play-in round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday, May 7. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.
The Falcons, who have reached 10 wins for the first time since 1989, will make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988. Air Force, which currently holds a 10-5 overall record on the season, earned an automatic bid to the national tournament by capturing the ECAC tournament title. The Falcons, who entered the ECAC Championship as the third-seed, defeated second-seeded host Ohio State, 14-7, in the semifinals, while earning a 9-8 victory over top-seeded and 14th-ranked Fairfield.
Meanwhile, Richmond earned its automatic bid by capturing the Atlantic Sun tournament championship. After earning a 14-6 win over Mercer in the semifinals, the Spiders defeated High Point, 8-7, in the title game. Richmond has compiled a 6-10 overall record in its inaugural season of varsity competition.
The winner of Wednesday night’s play-in game between Air Force and Richmond will advance to the NCAA First Round, facing the defending national champion, top-seeded Duke. That contest will be played on Sunday, May 11, at 5:15 p.m. (ET) in Durham, N.C.

Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Use 5-0 Second Half Run To Knock Off Ohio State 14-7 In ECAC Semifinals


A strong second-half performance carried the third-seeded Air Force lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over second-seed host Ohio State Thursday evening in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Buckeyes finish the year with a 6-8 mark.  Senior Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.), the 2014 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the Falcons with five goals, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) added a goal and a season-high four assists. In addition, sophomore Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) registered his fourth hat trick of the season.  Air Force struck first, getting on the board just 45 seconds into the contest, as Crampton scored off a feed from Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.). However, Ohio State tied the game at the 10:32 mark in the first period with a goal from leading scorer Jesse King and took the lead less than a minute later. The Falcons responded with two straight goals to regain the advantage midway through the period, but the Buckeyes scored closed out the quarter with two more goals of their own, including one with 3.2 seconds remaining, to take a 4-3 lead into the second period.  The Falcons tied it up 30 seconds into the second quarter with Crampton's third goal of the game, while a fast break score by McKee gave Air Force a 5-4 advantage with 12:18 on the clock. Meanwhile, Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) pushed the Falcons' lead to 6-4 with a bouncer midway through the period. Ohio State was able to end its scoring drought with a goal at the 2:45 mark, as the Falcons went into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage.   After the break, the Falcons got another quick goal, getting a man-up score from Allen at the 14:36 mark. Air Force continued to extend its advantage, tallying four straight scores to take an 11-5 lead with 5:04 remaining in the third period. While Ohio State finally got back on the board with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter, the Falcons headed into the final stanza with an 11-6 lead.  Air Force didn't let up in the fourth quarter, with Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) scoring the first goal of the period to give the Falcons a 12-6 advantage. The Buckeyes got another goal from King less than two minutes later, but Dreyer pushed Air Force's lead back to six goals with his lone score of the day. The final tally of the game came from Allen with just over four minutes to play, as the Falcons cruised to the seven-point victory.  The Falcons held a slight edge in both shots and ground balls, and won 15-of-22 face-offs, including 10-of-12 in the opening half. Smith, who finished the game with two goals and an assist, won 6-of-7 draws, while senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) won 8-of-14 at the X. Air Force's man-down defense was perfect, holding Ohio State scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. Additionally, sophomore netminder Doug Gouchoe (Concord, Mass.) had a stellar performance between the pipes in the second half, recording eight saves and allowing just two goals.  Air Force now advances to the ECAC Championship game, where it will face top-seed Fairfield, currently ranked 12th in the nation. The winner of the game, which is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 3, will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

A strong second-half performance carried the third-seeded Air Force lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over second-seed host Ohio State Thursday evening in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Buckeyes finish the year with a 6-8 mark.
Senior Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.), the 2014 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the Falcons with five goals, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) added a goal and a season-high four assists. In addition, sophomore Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) registered his fourth hat trick of the season.
Air Force struck first, getting on the board just 45 seconds into the contest, as Crampton scored off a feed from Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.). However, Ohio State tied the game at the 10:32 mark in the first period with a goal from leading scorer Jesse King and took the lead less than a minute later. The Falcons responded with two straight goals to regain the advantage midway through the period, but the Buckeyes scored closed out the quarter with two more goals of their own, including one with 3.2 seconds remaining, to take a 4-3 lead into the second period.
The Falcons tied it up 30 seconds into the second quarter with Crampton’s third goal of the game, while a fast break score by McKee gave Air Force a 5-4 advantage with 12:18 on the clock. Meanwhile, Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) pushed the Falcons’ lead to 6-4 with a bouncer midway through the period. Ohio State was able to end its scoring drought with a goal at the 2:45 mark, as the Falcons went into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage.
After the break, the Falcons got another quick goal, getting a man-up score from Allen at the 14:36 mark. Air Force continued to extend its advantage, tallying four straight scores to take an 11-5 lead with 5:04 remaining in the third period. While Ohio State finally got back on the board with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter, the Falcons headed into the final stanza with an 11-6 lead.
Air Force didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, with Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) scoring the first goal of the period to give the Falcons a 12-6 advantage. The Buckeyes got another goal from King less than two minutes later, but Dreyer pushed Air Force’s lead back to six goals with his lone score of the day. The final tally of the game came from Allen with just over four minutes to play, as the Falcons cruised to the seven-point victory.
The Falcons held a slight edge in both shots and ground balls, and won 15-of-22 face-offs, including 10-of-12 in the opening half. Smith, who finished the game with two goals and an assist, won 6-of-7 draws, while senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) won 8-of-14 at the X. Air Force’s man-down defense was perfect, holding Ohio State scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. Additionally, sophomore netminder Doug Gouchoe (Concord, Mass.) had a stellar performance between the pipes in the second half, recording eight saves and allowing just two goals.
Air Force now advances to the ECAC Championship game, where it will face top-seed Fairfield, currently ranked 12th in the nation. The winner of the game, which is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 3, will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Bellarmine At Falcon Stadium On March 8 In ECAC Opener


The Falcons' offense struggled in the team's first road game of the season, as Air Force dropped a 6-4 decision to VMI on Sunday. Senior captain Erik Smith tallied a pair of goals to lead the Falcons' offense, while junior Keith Dreyer added two assists.  SCOUTING THE FALCONS...  Air Force enters this weekend with a 2-3 overall record and 0-0 mark in the ECAC. Senior Tommy McKee leads the Falcons' offense with 13 points on the season, including a team-high 11 goals, while senior Mike Crampton (9g, 2a) and junior Keith Dreyer (3g, 8a) have added 11 points each.  SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS...  Bellarmine, which is currently receiving votes in both the USILA coaches' poll and Warrior Media Poll, enters this weekend with a 4-0 record on the year and an 0-0 ledger in ECAC action. Freshman Tucker Ciessau leads the Knights' offense with 14 goals on the season, while senior Chad Mitchell has added 10 points, including a team-leading seven assists. Meanwhile, netminder Will Haas holds a 6.50 GAA, while averaging 11.5 saves per contest.  THE OFFENSE WINS IT...  In its three losses this year, Air Force's offense has struggled to find the back of the net, averaging just six goals per game. In contrast, the Falcons have averaged 16 goals per game in their two victories.  DEFENSE STANDS STRONG...  While the Falcons' offense struggled versus VMI last week, scoring just four goals, the defense had a solid effort, holding the Keydets to just six goals, the lowest scoring output for an Air Force opponent this season. Additionally, Air Force recorded a season-high 16 caused turnovers, led by junior long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien, who registered three caused turnovers versus VMI.

The Falcons’ offense struggled in the team’s first road game of the season, as Air Force dropped a 6-4 decision to VMI on Sunday. Senior captain Erik Smith tallied a pair of goals to lead the Falcons’ offense, while junior Keith Dreyer added two assists.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS…
Air Force enters this weekend with a 2-3 overall record and 0-0 mark in the ECAC. Senior Tommy McKee leads the Falcons’ offense with 13 points on the season, including a team-high 11 goals, while senior Mike Crampton (9g, 2a) and junior Keith Dreyer (3g, 8a) have added 11 points each.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS…
Bellarmine, which is currently receiving votes in both the USILA coaches’ poll and Warrior Media Poll, enters this weekend with a 4-0 record on the year and an 0-0 ledger in ECAC action. Freshman Tucker Ciessau leads the Knights’ offense with 14 goals on the season, while senior Chad Mitchell has added 10 points, including a team-leading seven assists. Meanwhile, netminder Will Haas holds a 6.50 GAA, while averaging 11.5 saves per contest.
THE OFFENSE WINS IT…
In its three losses this year, Air Force’s offense has struggled to find the back of the net, averaging just six goals per game. In contrast, the Falcons have averaged 16 goals per game in their two victories.
DEFENSE STANDS STRONG…
While the Falcons’ offense struggled versus VMI last week, scoring just four goals, the defense had a solid effort, holding the Keydets to just six goals, the lowest scoring output for an Air Force opponent this season. Additionally, Air Force recorded a season-high 16 caused turnovers, led by junior long-stick midfielder Kyle O’Brien, who registered three caused turnovers versus VMI.

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2014 Season At Air Force On February 8


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The No. 4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse teams opens the 2014 season this Saturday at Air Force, traveling to USAFA, Colo., to take on the Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Opening face-off is slated for 1 p.m. MT.
THE SERIES
Denver leads the all-time Division I series 14-2, however the Falcons lead the overall series 52-20. Last season, Denver stunned the Falcons 11-10 in overtime at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Air Force, which finished the 2013 season with a 7-7 overall record, takes the field this season with 34 returning letterwinners and nine-of-10 starters from last year. The Falcons, who return over 94 percent of their points from 2012, are led on the offensive end by seniors Mike Crampton and Tommy McKee and junior Keith Dreyer. Crampton, who notched 53 points on the year, led Air Force in total goals scored last season with 34, the most for an Air Force player since the 1998 season. Dreyer tallied a team-leading 26 assists and 36 total points in his sophomore campaign, while McKee added 33 points (29g, 4a) to complete the Falcons’ starting attack. Other top scorers for the Falcons include midfielders Erik Smith, Christopher Allen and Kyle Cassady, who tallied 29, 23 and 20 points, respectively, in 2013.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Denver, ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and Warrior media poll, begins its season this weekend. The Pioneers posted a 14-5 overall record in 2013, advancing to the NCAA semifinals, where they fell, 9-8, to Syracuse. Among the leading returners for Denver is junior Wesley Berg, who tallied 56 goals and 16 assists in 2013, while midfielder Erik Adamson added 27 goals and 13 assists last season. Carson Cannon leads the Pioneers’ defense, while Denver also returns goalkeepers Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante, who split time between the pipes in 2013.

NCAA Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Denver, VMI, Bellarmine, Michigan, Mercer, Fairfield, Ohio State & Quinnipiac


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With a total of six home games and eight games in the state of Colorado, the 2014 Air Force lacrosse schedule has been announced by head coach Eric Seremet.
“I’m excited about what this season’s schedule has in store for us,” said Seremet. “With such an experienced, senior-led team this year, I’m eager to see what we can do in the final year of the ECAC. I like the geographical mix of teams on our schedule, as we’ll be able to showcase Air Force lacrosse around the country. We’ve also got a great opponent for our season opener in Denver, who is moving to the Big East this year.”

Air Force Men's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Releases Full-Length “4 Days In Colorado” Video


See the full 15 minute feature covering our trip to Denver & Colorado Springs this past October during our Fall Break. Watch the team compete in our “Shamrock Series” Green Uniforms, meet with Alumni in Denver, hike “The Incline”, compete and work with the Air Force team and visit a Children’s Hospital. This video captures the essence and values of our program in action: Character, Culture & Community.

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