To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #11/#12 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags stay on the road and play on Saturday April 12, 2014 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Game time is 2 PM EST. The Air Force Falcons are members of ECAC Lacrosse League member. The Stags enter the game with a record of 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League .The Falcons have a 2014 season record of 7-3 and have a ECAC Lacrosse League record of 2-0. Currently, the Falcons have won their last five games. Air Force will play in the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship Tournament at Ohio State, May 1st and May 3rd. The Stags and the Falcons played a thrilling 9-8 Stags win in 2013. Junior Colin McLinden got the assist on the game winning goal scored with 33 seconds left in the game. .
Air Force started the 2014 season playing at home against in state rival, then #4 ranked Denver. The Falcons lost the game by a 14-8 score. Staying at home, Air Force beat first year program Furman by a 15-6 score. Air Force then played its next two games on a neutral field in Denver as part of the Frontier Air Line Classic.. First they played Canisius and lost a defensive battle by a 7-6 final. The next day, the Falcons beat Marist by a 17-9 score. Air Force went on the road for the first time in the 2014 season in March. The team went to Lexington, VI to play VMI. The Falcons lost a close game to the Keydets by a 6-4 final. Back at home, the Falcons opened their ECAC Lacrosse League season by beating Bellarmine by a 13-9 final score. Air Force visited Jacksonville, Florida and beat the Dolphins of Jacksonville in a shoot out by a 15-12 final margin. The Falcons next went to Binghamton, NY. They out lasted the by Bearcats by a 10-8 final. Michigan paid a visit to the USAF campus and went back to Ann Arbor on the losing end of a 15-12 score in an ECAC Lacrosse League game. Last Saturday, the Falcons hosted Mercer. The Falcons exploded for 10 goals in the first period with the final being 19-6. Air Force’s defense blanked Mercer in the first and fourth quarters. Senior Mike Crampton had eight goals in the game including seven goals in the first quarter. Crampton has been the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for the past three weeks running. To me, in an oddity, the Falcons suited up their four year team manager. He played in goal to close out the game.
After ten games, the Falcon has averaged 12.20 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 8.90 goals per game. Falcons have scored 122 goals this year while taking 423 shots for a .288 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 89 goals after taking 308 shots for a .289 shot percentage. The Falcons have scored 70 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 57 goals via an assist. Air Force is credited with 52 unassisted goals and their opponents have 32 unassisted goals. The Falcons man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 12 times out of 28 chances for a .429 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 16 goals out of 39 attempts for a .410 conversion rate. Air Force has scored two man down goals this season.
Air Force scooped up 296 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 288 ground balls. The Falcons have 124 turnovers this season while their opponents have 148 turnovers. The Falcons defense has 66 caused turnovers and their opposition has 62 caused turnovers. Air Force’s face off unit has 122 wins out of 244 chances for a .504 win percentage. The opponents have 121 wins out of the 244 face offs for a .496 face off percentage. On clears, the Falcons have been successful 137 times out of 160 chances for a .856 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 133 out of 163 tries for a .816 clear percentage. The Falcons have been flagged 37 times for 31.30 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 30 penalties for 25.30 minutes.
The Falcons have scored 51 goals in the first quarter this season. Air Force’s offense has scored 27 goals in the second quarter and 23 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Falcon’s have tallied 21 goals. The opposition has countered with 28 goals in the third quarter and 24 goals in the second quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 20 times in the first quarter and 17 goals in the fourth quarter. Air Force has taken 113 shots in the second quarter in 2014 and 112 shots in the first quarter. The Falcons have 100 shots in the fourth stanza and 98 shots in the third quarter. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 89 shots. The opposition has fired off 80 shots in the fourth quarter and 73 in the third quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken by their opponents is 66 shots in the first quarter.
Air Force’s leading scorer is # 12 Mike Crampton. Crampton was named to the Inside Lacrosse All American watch list pre season. He has thirty goals with thirteen assists for forty three points. Tommy McKee, # 10, has scored twenty goals and seven assists for twenty seven points. Keith Dreyer comes into the Fairfield game scoring ten goals and sixteen assists. Both Erik Smith and Kyle Cassady have 23 points in the 2014 season. Smith and Cassady have 15 goals and eight assists. Christopher Allen scored ten goals with two assists while Austin Smith has six goals and five assists for 11 points. Marcus Walker in 2014 has been credited with seven points, Michael Curran has four points and both James Burke and Tom Burgess have three points. Ten other Falcons have scored one point in the spring campaign. The Falcons FOGOs are Bryan Price and Smith. Price has won 75 of 152 face offs for a .493 winning percentage. Smith who is not a true FOGO has taken 75 draws. He has won 45 of his face offs for a .600 winning percentage. The Air Force goal keeper position has been shared between two different goal keepers. Doug Gouchoe has started in seven games but has played in all ten Falcons games. Brett Dadiego has started in three games and appeared in eight games. In four games Gouchoe and Dadiego have split the goal tending duties. Dadiego played the first half in their last game against Mercer. In two games, Michigan and Binghamton, Dadiego started the first half and Goechoe has played the second half. Gouchoe played the first half in the VMI and Furman games while Dadiego played the last two quarters. Gouchoe played the full game against Jacksonville, Marist, Canicus, Denver and Bellarmine. Very confusing! Don’t know who will be in the cage on Saturday. Gouchoe has played over 412 minutes in goal for the Falcons. He has allowed 66 goals this season for an 8.90 goals against average. Gouchoe has made 58 saves for a .468 save percentage. Dadiego has played over 174 minutes while allowing 23 saves for a .468 save percentage. He has made 22 saves for a .489 save percentage. Mitch Rose played one game for almost 9 minutes. He did not allow a goal but did make one save for 1.000 save percentage. Tom Dickey also played one game for 4 plus minutes. He did not allow a goal and was not credited with a save. He faced two shots.
Fairfield is averaging 11.91 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.18 goals per game. The Stags have scored 131 goals in its ten games out of 335 shots for a .391 shot percentage. The opponents scored 90 goals out of 380 shots for a .237 shot percentage. Sixty eight of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored forty eight assisted goals. Fairfield has 63 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 42 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fourteen times out of 35 man up chances for a .400 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only eight extra man goal this season out of thirty four chances for a .235 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 304 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 319 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 144 times and the opponents had 153 turnovers. Fairfield has 78 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 77 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 114 times out of 258 chances for .442 winning percentage. The opposition are 144 of 258 face offs for a .558 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 187 times out of 208 chances for a .899 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 150 times successfully out of 168 chances for a .893 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 35 times in the ten games for 30.00 minutes and the opponents received 36 penalties for 32.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored thirty five times in the second quarter and thirty four times in the fourth quarter. The Stags scored thirty times in the third quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 31 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 25 goals in the second quarter and 24 goals in the third stanza. Twenty two goals have been scored in the first period and 19 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 99 shots, 82 shots in the second quarter, 79 times in the third quarter and 74 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 98 shots in the fourth quarter, 96 in the first quarter, 94 shots in the second quarter, 84 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden now leads the team in scoring with 37 points, 13 goals and 24 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 26 and he has two assists for 29 points. Tristan Sperry now is second on the team for points scored. He has 35 points with 19 goals and 16 assists. TJ Neubauer has 24 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has twenty one goals and three assists. Dave Fleming has 17 goals and four assists for 21 points. Jake Knostman and Drew Federico both have 15 points. Knostman has ten goals and five assists. Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and one assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has two goals and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Jack Murphy played 646 plus minutes in the eleven games played. Eighty six goals have been scored against him for a 7.98 goals against average. He has been credited with 107 saves for a .554 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 16 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in three games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 14.80 goals against average and credited with one save for a .200 save percentage.
This is going to be a very tough road game for the Stags. The Falcons have a lot of incentive. It is Senior Day at the Air Force Academy, a long flight for the Stags, mile high altitude, facing a team that has won five straight games, an Air Force team looking for revenge for last year’s loss, wanting to knock off a nationally ranked team and the Stags are facing a hot scorer. The Stags have played in some close games on the road this season and still have a 4-1 away game record. Coach Andy Copelan and his staff will have to come up with a game plan to stop Crampton and McKee. The Stags defense has been stellar this last month and should be up to the task. The face off game with Michael Roe and Louis Federico numbers in the last two games has been terrific. The face off stats are approaching what we saw in 2012. The Stags offense is one of the most efficient in the nation with its .391 shot percentage. I am hoping the shots from the attack fly faster in the higher altitude and past whoever is in the nets for the Falcons. Game starts at 12 Noon CST/2 PM EST. Fairfield notes: Senior Eric Warden has scored a goal in the last twelve games in the 2013 and 2014 season while Freshman Dave Fleming has scored a goal in every game in the 2014 season. Warden’s younger brother Alex plays for the Falcons and has appeared in all 10 games this season.
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GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73