Air Force vs. Butler
April 20, 2003
The Game Story:
USAF, Colo. - The Air Force men's lacrosse team snapped a four-game losing streak, winning its final home game of the season against league opponent Butler, 8-6. The Falcons started strong, gaining an early 3-0 advantage, then held back a furious Butler attack to secure their first conference win of the season.

"Our seniors really stepped up," said head coach Fred Acee. "They wanted to win the final home game of their careers."

After eight scoreless minutes to start the game, the Falcons would snap scoreless tie with an unassisted goal by team tri-captain Eric Lederer. The Falcons would extend their lead to 3-0 on back-to-back goals by Alex DeManss and Kyle Warf, both assisted by William Keleher. That's how the quarter would end, with Air Force with a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs would strike first in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Lawrence O'Toole. Kyle Warf would then score his second goal of the game to give the Falcons a three-goal cushion. With just over a minute remaining in the half, Kyle Tietjen would score a goal. The half would end with Air Force clinging to a 4-2 lead.

Butler wasted little time scoring in the second half. In less than one minute, Ryan Ward would score a goal to pull the Bulldogs to within one, followed by an Alan Eberstein goal just 57 seconds later to tie the score. Timothy Lorden would answer with an unassisted goal for Air Force. The teams would then exchange goals, with Dave Brown scoring for the Falcons and Ward scoring his second goal for the Bulldogs. The quarter would end with Air Force up one goal, 6-5.

Twelve seconds into the final quarter, Keleher would notch a goal to give Air Force a two-goal advantage. Ward would then notch the trifecta, scoring his third goal of the game midway through the fourth quarter. The Falcon defense would tighten up, including several magnificent saves by William Arnold in the goal. With one minute remaining, Lederer would score an insurance goal to secure the Falcon victory.

With the victory, the Falcons improve to 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the Great Western Lacrosse League. They will play their next game on April 26th against non-conference opponent North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Game time is 10 a.m. MST.