|The Air Force men's lacrosse team notched arguably the greatest victory in Academy history, defeating the defending national champion and number one team in the country on Saturday. The Falcons defeated No. 1 Virginia 7-6 in the opening game of the Pioneer Face Off Classic in Denver, Colo.
Air Force trailed 3-1 at halftime, but scored six of the next seven goals to take a 7-4 lead. They then relied on the superb play of sophomore goalkeeper Justin Pavoni and the Falcon defense to maintain the lead.
"This was a great win for our team and this program," head coach Fred Acee said. "We had a solid game plan and executed it to perfection. All of our players contributed to this major upset."
Pavoni, making his first career start, notched 16 saves in the win. Freshman Will Meister had two goals in the win, while Tim Lorden notched the game winner. Four other Falcons scored goals in the game (Greg Dangler, Justin Kuchta, David Brown, William Keleher).