Air Force vs. Quinnipiac
April 13, 2008
The Game Story:
USAFA, Colo. - A fourth-period rally fell short as the Air Force lacrosse team dropped an 11-10 overtime decision to conference rival Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon at Cadet Lacrosse Stadium. The Falcons fall to 3-6 on the season, 1-2 in the GWLL, while the Bobcats improve to 7-3, 1-2 in the league.

Down by two goals going into the final period, Air Force scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9-9. With 1:19 left on the clock, senior David Rose (Allentown, Pa.) notched a score as a man-up opportunity was ending to give Air Force a one-goal lead. However, Quinnipiac won the ensuing face-off and controlled the offensive action, getting the equalizer with just nine seconds remaining in regulation.

The overtime period belonged to the Bobcats, who retained possession in their offensive end throughout. A score from Todd Kaiser with 1:40 left on the clock gave Quinnipiac the win and ended the Falcons' perfect record at home.

Quinnipiac started the game on top, getting out to a 2-0 lead before back-to-back goals from Jack Parchman (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) and Colin Lockhart (Jr., Richmond, Va.) tied the score. While the Bobcats closed out the opening period with a 3-2 lead, Air Force tied the game with a score from junior Brian Massa (Jamesville, N.Y.) and took its first lead of the game with an unassisted goal by sophomore Ridge Flick (Plano, Texas). The Falcons went on to grab a 5-4 advantage at the half.

The Bobcats again tied the game midway through the third period before junior Griffin Nevitt (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied a man-down goal to put the Falcons back on top. However, Quinnipiac went on a 4-1 run to end the quarter, including a score with just six seconds on the clock to regain their two-goal lead.

Massa led Air Force with a career-high three goals and one assist, while Rose and Lockhart added two scores each. Flick, Parchman and Tristan Newkirk (Fr., Albany, N.Y.) also added assists for the Falcons. Air Force outshot Quinnipiac, 44-32, while winning 14-of-25 face-offs. The Falcons also went 2-for-3 on the power play, while holding the Bobcats to 0-for-3 on man-up opportunities.

For the Bobcats, Ted Dimond led the offense with three goals, all in the third period, while goalkeeper Kevin Benzing tallied 16 saves on the afternoon.

Air Force is back in action next Sunday, April 20, when it travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale in a non-conference match-up. The game is slated for 12:00 p.m. (ET).