Air Force Uses Five-Goal Run to Defeat Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Air Force scored five consecutive goals in the third quarter then held off a final JU charge as the Dolphins fell to the Falcons 11-8 at Bolles High School Tuesday.

Air Force (4-4) expanded a 5-4 halftime lead to a 10-5 lead after three by scoring two goals in six seconds and another two in the last 43 seconds of the quarter.

The Dolphins (4-5, 1-1 MAAC) tried coming back in the final period as Ari Waffle scored an assisted goal (from Owen Green) with 13:54 to play and Donovan Lange and Quint Miller scored with :43 and :24 to go but the game was out of reach.

Waffle, who had eight goals Saturday against VMI, had a pair against Air Force as did Max Gurowski. Cameron Mann, who now has a point in 37 consecutive games, and Conor Igoe had the other tallies. Igoe's was one of the fanciest of the season as he hit the net after a spin move and tied the score at 5 with 10:39 to go In the third, before the Falcon outburst. He also had an assist as did TJ Kenary.

Mann and goalkeeper Pete DeLuca led the way defensively as Mann had five ground balls and a caused turnover and Deluca had four ground balls, one caused turnover and saved 12 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Dolphins return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Saturday when the travel to Siena for a game with a noon start.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Freshman Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) scored a career-high four goals to lead the Air Force lacrosse team in an 11-8 victory over Jacksonville Tuesday evening at The Bolles School.

Sophomore Tommy McKee (Holt, Mich.) registered his second hat trick of the season, while long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien (Denver, Colo.) added a game-high two assists. Meanwhile, Ari Waffle and Max Gurowski tallied two goals each to lead the Dolphins' offense.

Jacksonville (4-5) was first to score, finding the back of the net at the 9:40 mark in the opening period, but McKee put the Falcons on the board with a goal 32 seconds later. After the Dolphins regained the lead with another score, Dreyer tallied his first goal of the game with just over three minutes left in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2 going into the second stanza.

Sophomore Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) gave Air Force its first lead of the game with a goal just over a minute into the second quarter, while McKee and Dreyer added back-to-back scores, both assisted by O'Brien, in less than 30 seconds, to push the Falcons' advantage to 5-2. However, Jacksonville scored the last two goals of the period, including a man-up score from Waffle, to go into the locker room trailing by just one goal.

After the break, the Dolphins tied the score once more with a tally at the 10:39 mark in the third quarter, but McKee put Air Force back on top with another quick goal. Midway through the period, Dreyer registered a pair of goals just six seconds apart, while the Falcons added two more scores in the last 40 seconds of the quarter to take a 10-5 advantage.

While Jacksonville outscored Air Force 3-1 in the fourth period, including a pair of goals in the final minute of action, it was not enough to overcome the Falcons' third-quarter scoring flurry.

Air Force (4-4, 0-2) performed well at the face-off X, winning 14 of 22, including 13 of 20 by sophomore Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.), who picked up a career-high 11 ground balls. O'Brien picked up six ground balls and caused three turnovers, while junior goalkeeper Austin Fox (Webster, N.Y.) had a solid performance between the pipes, with 11 saves and seven goals against.

"Keith Dreyer and Kyle O'Brien had great games for us," said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. "We did a much better job this game at the face-off X; Bryan Price is getting better each week and really stepped up tonight. We knew Jacksonville could be dangerous, but we used a lot of bodies tonight and had a team effort. "

The Falcons return home this weekend, Saturday, March 31, for a non-conference game versus Mercer. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.


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