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Apr 11, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason

AFA lacrosse closes out home season

This Week...

The Air Force lacrosse team closes out its 2014 home slate this Saturday, April 12, when it hosts 11th-ranked Fairfield in an ECAC match-up. The contest is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.

 

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Series History: Fairfield leads, 7-2

Last Meeting: Fairfield 9, Air Force 8 (4/13/13 @ Fairfield)

 

Last time out...

Air Force shot out to a 10-0 lead after one period before rolling to a 19-6 victory over Mercer last weekend in Falcon Stadium. Senior captain Mike Crampton tallied a career-high eight goals, including seven in the first quarter alone, and an assist to lead the Falcons to their fifth-straight win.

 

Junior Keith Dreyer added two goals and two assists for the Falcons, while senior captain Erik Smith registered a season-high three assists, as 10 different Air Force players found the back of the net against the Bears. Air Force also outshot Mercer, 58-24, for the game, including a 20-4 differential in the fourth quarter.

 

Scouting the Falcons...

Air Force, which is receiving votes in the latest Warrior media poll, enters this weekend with a 7-3 overall record and 2-0 mark in the ECAC. Senior Mike Crampton has registered a team-leading 43 points, scoring 30 goals and 13 assists, followed by classmate Tommy McKee with 27 points (20g, 7a) and junior Keith Dreyer with 26 points (10g, 16a). Also scoring over 20 points this season are seniors Erik Smith and Kyle Cassady, who have each registered 15 goals and eight assists.

 

Scouting the Stags...

Fairfield, tied for 11th in the USILA coaches poll and ranked 12th in the latest Warrior media poll, enters this weekend's contest with a 9-2 overall record and 2-0 ledger in the ECAC. The Stags are coming off a close 9-8 road victory against conference foe Michigan.

 

Colin McLinden is the leading scorer for Fairfield with 37 points (13g, 24a), while Tristan Sperry has added 35 points (19g, 16a) on the year. Meanwhile, Eric Warden leads the Stags in total goals scored on the season with 26. Between the pipes, Jack Murphy leads the way with a .554 save percentage and 7.98 goals against average.

 

Senior Day...

Prior to Air Force's game against Fairfield on Saturday, the Falcons will honor the 16 members of its senior class: Kyle Cassady, Mike Crampton, Michael Curran, Tom Dickey, Taylor Hanley, Tom Harris, Scott Hewitson, Dylan Leary, Erik Lenke, Franklin Martin, Tommy McKee, Bryan Price, Matt Puleo, Matt Scott, Erik Smith and Marcus Walker. The ceremony, which will recognize Air Force's winningest class since 1998, is slated to begin at approximately 11:20 a.m.

 

Race for the ECAC Title...

Air Force's showdown against Fairfield this Saturday has a significant impact on seeding for the ECAC Tournament. Currently, the Falcons and Stags are tied for first atop the ECAC standings at 2-0 in the league, with Ohio State sitting a half game behind at 1-0.

 

Warden vs. Warden...

Sophomore Alex Warden will face a familiar foe in Saturday's game, as his older brother, Eric, suits up for the Stags. Alex is a two-year starter on defense for the Falcons, while Eric is Fairfield's leading goal scorer on the season.

 

ECAC OFfensive Player/Air Force Co-Athlete of the week...

On April 7, senior Mike Crampton earned his third-straight ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors, following his performance in the Falcons' win over Mercer. Crampton, who was also named the Air Force Co-Athlete of the Week, scored eight goals and an assist to lead Air Force to a 19-6 win over the Bears. Crampton, who took just nine shots in the game, scored seven of his career-high eight goals in the first quarter alone, including three in the first three and a half minutes of action.

 

Five in a row...

With its victory over Mercer last weekend, Air Force claimed its fifth-consecutive win. The Falcons' five-game winning streak is their longest since 1991, when Air Force closed out the season with five straight victories.

 

Eight is enough...

Senior Mike Crampton exploded offensively against Mercer last weekend, registering a career-high eight goals against the Bears. With his performance, Crampton became the first Falcon to score at least eight goals in a contest since 1994, when Mike Murphy and Bryan Salmon both accomplished the feat in separate games.

 

Dreyer in the top 10...

Junior Keith Dreyer tallied two assists in the Falcons' win over Mercer last weekend, bringing his career total to 69. Dreyer now ranks ninth all-time at the Academy in career assists and needs just three more helpers to move up another spot in the record books.

 

100-Point scorers...

Air Force now has four different players who have scored at least 100 points in their respective careers-senior Mike Crampton (154), junior Keith Dreyer (108), senior Tommy McKee (105) and senior Erik Smith (101). 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).

 

How many hat tricks...

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 five separate games this year. Tommy McKee has scored four hat tricks this season, while Christopher Allen, Kyle Cassady and Erik Smith have each registered two hat tricks this year.

 

Crampton currently leads the Falcons in career hat tricks with 21, while McKee ranks second on the team with 14.

 

National career leaders...

Senior Mike Crampton and junior Keith Dreyer both rank as top 10 Division I active career leaders in a pair of statistical categories. Crampton ranks tied for eighth among active players in career points (154) and 10th in career goals (109). Meanwhile, Dreyer ranks ninth among active players in career assists per game (1.86) and 10th in total assists (69).

 

Still streaking...

Senior Tommy McKee currently owns the longest goal scoring streak in the nation, having scored at least one goal in 30 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Meanwhile, his 33-game point scoring streak is currently the 10th-longest in the nation.

 

The Offense wins it...

Air Force's offense has been the key component in wins and losses this season-in the Falcons' seven victories, the team is averaging 14.9 goals per game. In contrast, Air Force has averaged just six goals per game in its three losses.

 

Up Next...

The Falcons are back on the road next Saturday, April 19, when they visit ECAC foe Ohio State in a 1:00 p.m. (ET) contest.

 

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