Vmi vs. Air Force
February 27, 2005
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va.- Conrad Lochocki’s five goals led Air Force to a 12-8 victory over VMI in non-conference lacrosse action Sunday afternoon at Patchin Field.

Lochocki and Justin Kuchta accounted for eight of the Falcons’ (1-0) 12 goals on the day as Air Force used a second-quarter surge to take control of the game early. Justin Pavoni made 13 saves in goal on the day to earn his first win of the season.

Pacing the Keydets offensively were senior Leo McInerney and junior David Trimble with two goals each. David Trimble also had one assist, while Robert Trimble had three assists on the afternoon. Earning the loss in goal for VMI was Matt Hook, who made 16 saves between the pipes.

The Keydets opened the scoring three minutes into the contest, when senior Erik Rohrmann found the back of the net off of an assist from Robert Trimble. Lochocki answered a minute and a half later with his first goal of the day, one that was assisted by Will Meister, the first of his two assists.

VMI took the lead again midway through the first period, when McInerney got his first goal of the year unassisted. Once again, Lochocki answered with just under a minute remaining in the first, tying the game at two after one period of play.

The Falcons came out hot in the second quarter, with four goals in the period, two from Lochocki and one each from Kuchta and Kevin Crumrine. The Keydets could only manage one goal in the period, as freshman Vinnie Pierotti scored his first collegiate goal.

With the halftime advantage at 6-3 in favor of Air Force, the Falcons extended their lead by outscoring the Keydets 4-3 in the third quarter. Despite a great effort, the Keydets could never draw closer than two goals in the entire second half.

The Keydets faired well on face-offs on the day, as Pierotti won 9 of his 10 face-offs and junior Tony Cavalero won 8 of his 13 attempts. On the day, Air Force outshot VMI 36-28 and had more groundballs by a 26-21 margin.

The game was the season opener for both schools. The Keydets return to action Tuesday afternoon, when they travel to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke for a game scheduled for 3 p.m. Air Force returns to action next weekend, when they participate in the Pioneer Face-Off Classic, held in Denver, Colo.