Air Force versus Fairfield Pre Game Report April 13, 2013

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The Fairfield Lacrosse Stags will have its final home game for the 2013 season on Saturday April 13th following the Women’s Game against  Canisius . Game time should be around 2:00 PM. Lessing Field will be the site of both games.  Air Force, an ECAC Lacrosse League member, will be the Stags opponent on Saturday.  This will be Senior Day for the Senior Class of 2013 players on the team. Prior to the game, there will be a on the field ceremony honoring the five seniors on the team.  Honored will be Sam Snow, Gordie Wells, Matt Rubetone, Dan Niebler, and Marshall Johnson.  The Stags current record is 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the ECAC.  The Air Force Falcons sport a 6-5  overall record and 1-3 in the ECAC.

The Air Force Falcons are an improved team this season.  They started the season playing #4 ranked North Carolina on the road and lost 16-8. Staying on the road, the Falcons beat High Point by 14-4 margin.  Air Force went to Piscataway, NJ to take on Rutgers and beat the Scarlett Knights by 11-9 score.  The Falcons returned home to Colorado and opened their “home” season by playing two games in Denver and the third game on their campus.  The first “home” game  in Denver was against Canisius.  The Falcons won by a 10-8 mark. The next “home” game in Denver was against #12 ranked Lehigh.  The Falcons were upset winners by a 15-10 margin.  Marquette in its first year as a D1 program played the first of the home game on the Air Force campus and the Falcons lost the game by a 8-6 score.  Air Force played is first ECAC game of the 2013 season against Bellarmine in Lousville, KY.  Bellarmine won the game by a 11-10 score.  Loyola, Air Force’s next ECAC foe, traveled to Denver and beat the Falcons by a 13-7 mark.  Air Force “traveled” to Denver and lost their neighboring ECAC opponents by a 11-10 OT score.  The newest ECAC member Michigan hosted the Falcons two weeks ago.  Air Force won its only ECAC game this year by a 10-6 margin.  The Falcons next traveled to Mercer College in Macon, GA last Saturday and won the game 15-9.  Junior Mike Compton was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week based on his 11 point game.  He had three goals and eight assists in the game.  It was Compton’s third hat trick game in row.  Air Force jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the second quarter.  Mercer scored the next two goals to cut the lead in half to a 4-2 score.  The Falcons scored two of the three next goals to have a 6-3 lead at halftime.  Air Force scored the first two goals of the second half to push the lead to 8-3 in the first five minutes.  The Falcons lead by as much as 6 goals in the third quarter with a 11-6 lead at the end of the period.  In the final quarter, the Falcons scored three man up goals and closed out the game with a 15-8 final score.

When doing my research, I could not get the most up to date stats for Air Force.  All stats here are as of March 30th and do not include the Mercer game. Air Force has scored 101 goals this season after taking 414 shots for 9.18 goals per game average and a .244 shot percentage.  The opponents have scored 96 goals with 350 shots being taken for a 8.72 goals per game average with a .274 shot percentage.  Air  Force is taking 37.63 shots per game and their opposition has taken 31.81 shots per game.  The Falcons have scored on 10 man up goals out of 32 chances for a .312 conversion rate.  Their man down defense has allowed only seven goals out of 27 chances holding the opponents to a .259 conversion rate.  The Air Force stats do not have the number of goals scored via the assist and unassisted.

The Falcons have gotten to 298 ground balls while their opponents have gotten to 304.  Air Force has had 153 turnovers with 80 caused turnovers and the opponents have made 151 turnover while their defense has caused 83 turnovers.  As a team, Air Force has won 117 face offs out of 231 chances for a .506 winning percentage.  The opponents have 114 wins out of the 231 chances with a .496 winning percentage.  On the clear, the Falcons have a .852 success percentage and their opponents have cleared the ball with a .875 success percentage.

Air Force loves the third quarter.  They have scored 32 goals in the third quarter.  The fourth quarter has seen the Falcons hit the back of the net 24 times and 23 times in the second period.  Air Force’s first quarter is the lowest scoring period with 22 goals. The opponents best scoring period is also the third period with 28 goals.  The fourth quarter has seen the opposition score 24 times and 22 times in the second quarter.  The opponents have scored 22 times in the first quarter.

Leading the Falcons in scoring is Mike Crampton who had 27 goals and 15 assists for 41 points this year (I added the Mercer game stats only for Crampton). Tommy McKee has scored 24 goals and has 3 assists for 27 points.  Keith Dreyer has 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points while Eric Smith has 21 points with 14 goals and 7 assists.  Christopher Allen has 15 points with 10 goals and 5 assists and the other double digit scorer is Kyle Cassady nine goals and two assists for 11 points.  Austin Fox has been in the goal for the majority of the year.  He has played 562 minutes with 91 goals being scored against him for a 9.70 goals against average.  He has a .531 save percentage and has faced 332 shots.  Doug Gouchoe has played a little more than a half this year with 36 minutes being played in the cage.  Five goals have been scored against him and he has a 8.29 goals against average.  He has faced 16 shots this year and a .444 save percentage.

Fairfield has scored 99 goals this year after taking 3480 shot attempts for a 9.00 goals per game average and a .261 shot percentage.  Their opponents have scored 104 goals with the opposition has taken 390 shot attempts for a 9.45 goals per game average and a.267 shot percentage. Fairfield has taken 34.5 shots per game and the opponents are averaging 35.5 shots per game.  The Stags have gotten 46 goals via an assist and 53 unassisted goals while the opponents have 49 goals via the assist and 55  unassisted goals.  Fairfield have converted 14 extra man goals this season going 14-51 this season for .275 conversion rate while the opponents have scored 10 goals in 33 attempts for a .303 conversion rate.

Fairfield has gotten to 354 ground balls and the opponents have scooped up 351 ground balls.  The Stags have turned the ball over 164 times this year while the opponents are turning the ball over 163 times.  Fairfield’s defense has caused 76 turnovers this season and the opponents have caused the Stags to turn the ball over 99 times.  In the face off circle, Fairfield has won 107 of 236 attempts for a .453 winning percentage and the opponents have been successful 129 times out of 236 chances for a .547  winning percentage.  The Stags have been successful on .853 percentage  of their clears and the opposition has cleared the ball with a .862 percentage. Fairfield has been penalized 37 times this season and the opponents have been flagged 51 times.

The opening stanza has seen Fairfield score 28 times in the 2013 campaign.  The fourth period has been the second most productive period with the Stags hitting the back of the net 27 times and the second period has the Stags scoring 24 times. Fairfield’s least productive period had been the third period with 21 goals being scored.  The opponents best scoring period is the final quarter with 28 goals.  Opponents have scored 26 times in  the second quarter and  the third quarter.  The opponents have scored just 24 times in the first period.  One OT goal was scored on the Falcons.

Leading the Stags in scoring are Jordan Greenfield with 23 goals and 7 assists for 30 points and Sam Snow is second on the team with 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points.  Tristian Sperry now has 18 points with 15 goals and three assists. Super Soph Colin McLinden has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points.   Nick Guida,  Super Frosh TJ Neubauer,  Eric Warden all have eleven points. Guida has seven goals and four assists,  Neubauer has nine goals and two assists and  Warden has seven goals and four assists for nine points.  Drew Federico and Marshall Johnson have seven points. They both have  scored four goals and three assists.  Jack Murphy has played all 660 minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 104 goals for a 9.45 goals against average and getting 123 saves for a .542 save percentage.  Murphy has faced 390 shots so far in this season.

What to expect: To me it is very simple.  The Stags have to run the table to make the ECAC Lacrosse League playoffs.  Tough task with Denver and Ohio State being on the road.  Air Force has improved this year.  Do not let the 1-3 league record think they will be a soft touch.  Took Denver to OT.  Lost to Bellarmine by one goal.  Beat ranked Lehigh. You know they would love to come East and knock the Stags out the ECAC Playoffs.  Got to think that the seniors want to win their last home game.  Think this will be another typical Fairfield close to the vest game.  Will not predict a final score but I think the Stags will still be in ECAC Playoff race at the end of the day.  GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73


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