Air Force vs. Hobart
April 27, 2013
The Game Story:
USAFA, Colo. - Junior captain Erik Smith (Golden, Colo.) tallied a career-best four goals to lead the Air Force lacrosse team to a 16-12 victory over ECAC rival Hobart Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.

Mike Crampton (Jr., Kinnelon, N.J.) and Ryland De Pol (So., Riva, Md.) both added hat tricks for the Falcons, while sophomore Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) dished out a personal-best five assists. For the Statesmen, Jake McHenry and Frank Brown both registered hat tricks, while Alex Love, the second-leading goal scorer in the nation, was held to just two assists.

The game started out sloppy and slow, with the two teams combining for nine first-period turnovers, and neither team getting on the scoreboard until the 4:09 mark when Smith registered his first goal of the contest. Air Force added two more scores in the period, getting goals from Crampton and Christopher Allen (Fr., Hillsborough, N.J.) to take a 3-0 lead into the second quarter.

The offense began to heat up in the second period, with Hobart getting two quick goals to pull within one with 12:23 on the clock. Just eight seconds later, the Falcons were back on the board as Dreyer assisted Tommy McKee (Jr., Holt, Mich.) following a face-off win by Smith.

The Statesmen (6-8, 2-5) cut the margin to 4-3 with a man-up goal less than a minute later, but Air Force closed out the half with four unanswered scores, including a falling-down goal from De Pol with just four seconds remaining, to go into the intermission with an 8-3 lead.

Air Force (7-7, 2-5) continued to pull away after the break, beginning with an unassisted score by Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) in the first minute of the third period. After another De Pol goal, Hobart ended its scoring drought with a score at the 11:21 mark, but the Falcons registered two more scores to take a 12-4 lead midway through the period. The Statesmen notched three of the next four goals, including a pair of man-up scores, but an extra-man goal by Smith with just under two minutes in the quarter put Air Force up 14-7.
Hobart made a strong push in the final stanza, outscoring Air Force 5-1 in the first five and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, with the Falcons' lone goal coming from short-stick defensive midfielder Brenden Coleman (Fr., Doylestown, Pa.). However, the Statesmen were unable to get any closer, as De Pol's man-up score at the 7:29 mark proved to be the final goal at the game, as Air Force was able to hold on for the win.