Air Force vs. Towson
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
DENVER, Colo. - Despite putting together a late fourth-quarter rally, the Air Force lacrosse team dropped an 11-9 contest to Towson Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Pioneer Face-Off Classic, hosted by Denver at Barton Lacrosse Stadium. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 1-1.

With 6:57 remaining in the contest, Air Force faced its largest deficit of the game, trailing 11-5 following Towson's man-up goal on a 5-on-4 situation. However, the Falcons took advantage of a change in goalkeepers by the Falcons, rattling off four unanswered goals in a span of less than three minutes. Senior Colin Lockhart (Richmond, Va.) started the run at the 4:36 mark, notching his second goal of the game with an assist from Ridge Flick (Jr., Plano, Texas). Nearly two minutes later, on a man-up situation, Eric Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) took an assist from Flick to tally his second goal of the game.

Following a scrum on the ensuing face-off, sophomore defender Bryan Gilbreath (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) picked up a loose ball and added his second goal, while an Air Force win in the next face-off led to yet another goal from Evans, as the Falcons cut the deficit to 11-9. Unfortunately, Air Force was unable to score another tally in the final two minutes, and Towson was able to escape with the two-goal victory.

Towson opened the scoring with a goal in the first minute of action, and took a 2-0 lead before the Falcons got on the board with Evans' first score of the day with 6:06 remaining in the opening period. However, the Tigers went on a 4-0 spurt spanning the next 15 minutes to grab a 6-1 advantange. Lockhart ended the run with his first tally of the season, and after trading the next two scores, the Falcons went into the half down 7-3.

Senior captain Griffin Nevitt (Charlotte, N.C.) was first to score in the third period, but Towson regained a five-goal advantage by the end of the quarter. Air Force opened the scoring in the final period as well, before the Tigers scored their last two goals to take their largest lead of the game.

Evans was the Falcons' leading scorer with a career-high three goals, while Lockhart and Gilbreath added a career-high tying two goals each. Air Force won 13-of-23 face-offs in the game, led by Zack Carroll (So., Freehold Township, N.J.), who won 12-of-22 face-offs. In addition, freshman Matt Sanders (Annapolis, Md.) tallied 10 saves in his first career start.

The Falcons continue competition tomorrow at the Pioneer Face-off Classic, when they take on Sacred Heart in an 11:00 a.m. contest.