April 23, 2011

Air Force Tallies Most Goals Since 1997 in Win

from press release

USAFA, Colo. -- With its highest scoring output since 1997, the Air Force lacrosse team registered an 18-9 non-conference win over Presbyterian Saturday afternoon in Falcon Stadium. With the victory, the Falcons move to 5-7 overall on the year, while the Blue Hose drop to 2-10.

Air Force’s 18 goals against Presbyterian are the most scored by the Falcons in a single game since an 18-9 win over Dartmouth in 1997. The Falcons outshot the Blue Hose, 54-16, for the game, with 32 shots on goal, compared to 11 for Presbyterian.

The Falcons got out to a quick start, with freshman Kyle Cassady (Columbus, Ohio) tallying the first goal of the game just 18 seconds into the opening period. Zack Carroll (Sr., Freehold Township, N.J.) added another score less than a minute later. While Presbyterian cut their margin to one goal with a score at the 10:09 mark in the period, the Blue Hose could get no closer as the Falcons took a 6-2 lead after one period.

With five more scores in the second quarter, including an own goal from a Presbyterian defender, Air Force went into the intermission with an 11-4 advantage. The Falcons continued to extend their lead in the third period, using a man-up goal from Vinny Sandtorv (Sr., Centereach, N.Y.) to go up 14-6 at the end of the third stanza.

The Blue Hose began to make a run in the final stanza, opening the fourth period with a man-up goal and scoring three of the first four goals of the period. However, Air Force tallied the final three scores of the game, including another man-up goal from Sandtorv with 48 seconds remaining, to earn the nine-goal victory.

The Falcons had 10 different players find the back of the net, led by Carroll and Sandtorv with three goals each. Erik Smith (Fr., Golden, Colo.) added two goals and a game-high three assists for a team-best five points, while Cassady and Scott Hewitson (Fr., Centennial, Colo.) also tallied two goals each. Also scoring for Air Force were Mike Crampton (Fr., Kinnelon, N.J.), Tommy McKee (Fr., Holt, Mich.), Michael Curran (Fr., North Brunswick, N.J.), Pat Harrison (So., Annapolis, Md.) and Jacob Podolnick (Fr., Flanders, N.J.).

In addition to outshooting the Blue Hose, the Falcons picked up a season-high 51 ground balls, compared to 19 for Presbyterian, while winning 24-of-30 face-offs. Air Force also scored on 5-of-8 man-up opportunities, while the Blue Hose were held to 1-of-4 scoring on the EMO.

Tyler Melnyck and Andrew Athens led the Presbyterian offense with three goals each, while Jon Athens tallied 14 saves on the afternoon. The Falcons close out the regular season next weekend, April 30, when they host Hobart in an ECAC match-up.

Air Force 18, Presbyterian 9
Presbyterian     2       2      2      3      9
Air Force          6       5      3      4      18
 
PC Scoring: Goals: A. Athens 3, T. Melnyk 3, Pelletier, Foy, Malone. Assists: Foy 2, Valandra, Pinkston, Duresky.
AF Scoring: Goals: Carroll 3, Sandtorv 3, Cassady 2, Smith 2, Hewitson 2, Crampton, McKee, Curran, Harrison, Podolnick, Team. Assists: Smith 3, Crampton 2, Sandtorv, Carroll.


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