Air Force vs. Mercer
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
USAFA, Colo. - Registering its highest scoring output since 1997, the Air Force lacrosse team rolled to a 20-4 victory over Mercer Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.

Air Force's 20 goals on Saturday were the most for the team since a 24-3 victory over Colorado College in 1997, while the Falcons' 16-goal margin of victory was the highest since that contest as well.

Freshman Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) led the Falcons' offense with six points (3g, 3a), as 12 different Air Force players found the back of the net. Sophomore Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) registered a game-high four goals, while freshman Tom Burgess (Watertown, N.Y.) tallied the first hat trick of his career.

Air Force (5-4) got on the board early, scoring just over a minute into the game with a goal from Kyle Cassady (So., Upper Arlington, Ohio) and led 4-0 before Mercer (1-10) notched its first score at the 5:50 mark in the opening period. The Falcons responded with another goal just five seconds later and increased its lead to 8-1 before the Bears closed out the first quarter with their second goal of the game.

The Falcons dominated the second period, outscoring Mercer 7-1, and added three more goals in the third quarter before the Bears ended their scoring drought with a goal at the 2:17 mark in the period. Another Air Force score to end the period and the first career goal for junior Conor Hogan (Cary, N.C.) in the fourth period gave the Falcons their largest advantage of the game at 20-3, while the Bears tallied the final score of the contest.

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While Mercer had the edge on face-offs, winning 16-of-28 for the game, the Bears struggled with turnovers, committing 23, including 10 failed clears. Air Force also outshot Mercer, 41-23, for the game, including a 28-7 edge in the opening half.

Back-up goalkeeper Matt Sanders (Jr., Annapolis, Md.) had a solid performance for the Falcons, stopping six shots in 30 minutes of action, while allowing just two scores.

"We got off to a good start and got contributions from a lot of different guys today," said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. "Matt Sanders did a nice job in the second half in the goal for us."

Air Force returns to action next Sunday, April 8, when it hosts Bellarmine in an ECAC contest at 12:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.