Army vs. Air Force
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army scored three third-quarter goals and overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Service Academy rival Air Force, 7-3, Saturday afternoon in lacrosse action at Michie Stadium.

More than 1,700 fans were on hand to see the Black Knights rally from a two-goal deficit for the second time in as many games.

Kevin LoRusso and Ryan Chase each scored twice and Justin Bokmeyer had two assists as Army, ranked 8th in the coaches’ poll, improved to 6-1 overall and 14-0 all-time against Air Force.

“Any time you match up with a Service Academy it is a special game,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “This was no different and was a big game for our guys.”

Black Knights’ goalie Adam Fullerton made 15 saves, including four in the final quarter to protect the lead, as they won their second straight game.

Air Force, now 1-5, led 2-0 early in the second quarter and 3-1 at halftime before Army stormed back with six second-half goals.

“The defense really did a terrific job,” Alberici said. “Even though we gave up three goals in the first half, we felt they were correctable and the defense came through in the second half. And certainly #4 (Fullerton) came up with some huge saves, particularly in the second half.”

Jason Peyer, Paul Wigdzinski and Brooks Korvin also scored for Army while a stellar defense and Fullerton kept the Falcons off the scoreboard for the final 30:36 of the game.

Justin Kuchta scored twice for the Falcons as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 14:24 left in the second quarter. LoRusso scored off a Bokmeyer pass on a man-up opportunity for the first Army goal. Conrad Lochocki then scored with 36 seconds remaining until halftime for a 3-1 Air Force lead.

Chase and Bokmeyer hooked up to close the gap to a goal with 12:26 left in the third quarter. Peyer then blasted home a shot to tie the game with three minutes left in the third quarter.

“We showed a lot of poise today and a lot of heart and hustle,” Alberici said. “We started to make the little plays in the second half and that’s what led to the goals and opportunities that we had.”

Wigdzinski scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 1:17 left in the quarter with an unassisted tally that came 1:22 after Wigdzinski’s score.

Chase scored his second with 3:22 left in the game and Korvin added his eighth goal of the season with 35 seconds left.

The Black Knights will conclude their three-game home stretch Tuesday at 7:30 against Hofstra at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Dave Ryan and former Army coach Jack Emmer calling the action.