Air Force vs. Vmi
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. ^ Eight different Air Force players accounted for nine goals in a 9-3 victory over VMI in men^s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.  The game was played at Rigg Miller Field on the base of the U.S. Naval Academy.  429 fans witnessed the game on the warm, spring afternoon.

Air Force opened the scoring with goals from sophomore midfielder Tim Lorden and senior midfielder Tim Dudderar.  With just 39 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, VMI senior midfielder Ben Midura (Penfield, N.Y./ Penfield) got the Keydets on the board with an unassisted goal, closing the gap to 2-1.

Air Force took control of the game in the second quarter with a four-goal outburst, including one from freshman midfielder Nathan Mariner, who scored with 44 ticks left in the half to extend the Falcon lead to 6-2.  Midura scored with 4:15 left in the half to keep the Keydets close.

Sophomore attackman Dave Brown scored Air Force^s final two goals of the game to become the Falcons^ only multi-goal scorer of the game.  VMI^s sophomore midfielder Brian Niven (Barrington, Ill./ Barrington) scored VMI^s lone second half goal with 11:21 remaining in the fourth quarter off an assist from Midura.

Air Force made good on 19 of 20 clear attempts, with the only unsuccessful clear coming with just seconds remaining in the game.

VMI junior goalkeeper Brian Ward (Novi, Mich./ Novi) helped keep the Keydets in the game with a 15-save performance.

VMI will play at cross-town rival Washington and Lee on Wednesday night at 7:00 in the annual Lee-Jackson Classic.  Air Force will return home to face Notre Dame on Tuesday.  Face-off is set for 4 p.m. Mountain Time.