Air Force Falls to Canisius at Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic

DENVER, Colo. – The Air Force lacrosse team dropped a 7-6 contest to Canisius Saturday in the opening game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, hosted by Denver.

The Falcons' offense was led by senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.), who tallied two goals, while Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.) added a goal and an assist.

Crampton registered his first score of the game a minute into the contest to give Air Force a 1-0 lead, but Canisius tallied the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead in the opening moments of the second period. After Crampton's second score cut the deficit back to one, the Golden Griffins responded with two more quick tallies to push the margin to 5-2 with under 11 minutes remaining in the period. Neither team scored again until freshman Austin Smith (Golden, Colo.) found the back of the net with 1:15 left in the first half, as the Falcons went into the intermission trailing 5-3.

The Falcons were able to back within one goal midway through the third quarter with a tally from McKee, while senior captain Erik Smith (Golden, Colo.) knotted the game at 5-5 with a man-up score with two minutes remaining in the period. However, Canisius closed out the quarter with two more goals to take a 7-5 lead into the final stanza.

The only goal of the fourth quarter came from senior captain Kyle Cassady (Upper Arlington, Ohio) with just under nine minutes to play, but the Falcons were unable to come up with another score in the one-goal loss.

Air Force outshot Canisius, 42-28, and held the Golden Griffins scoreless on three extra-man opportunities. However, Canisius won the battle at the face-off X, taking 10 of 16 draws on the day.

Canisius was led by Billy Jaccobi with three goals, while Lewis Vaccaro added two scores. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alex Govenettio had a strong performance between the pipes, stopping 13 Air Force shots.

The Falcons close out the weekend at the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic tomorrow with an 11:00 a.m. contest versus Marist.

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Canisius won its second-straight game to the start the 2014 season, earning a 7-6 victory over Air Force on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic in Denver. The Griffs are now 2-0 to start the season for just the second time in the program's history and for the first time since 2001. Air Force drops to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

“I couldn't be more proud of the resolve our players showed today against a very talented Air Force squad,” Mearns said. “They willed themselves to a victory and made plays when we needed them.”

Sophomore Billy Jacobbi (Williamsville, N.Y.) led the Griffs, netting his second career hat trick in the victory. Freshman Lewis Vaccaro (Buffalo, N.Y.) added his first two collegiate tallies, while juniors Brandon Bull (Langley, British Columbia) and Austin Romantic (Ithaca, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Junior netminder Alex Govenettio (Derby, N.Y.) put forth his second-straight strong performance in goal, matching his career high with 13 saves in the winning effort.

Junior Tim Edwards (Jamesville, N.Y.) also dominated at the faceoff X for the second-straight contest, winning 10 of 14 restarts for a .714 winning percentage to go along with a career-best and game-high nine ground balls.

“The offense got us the lead in the first half,” Mearns said. “Billy Jaccobi was on fire and Lewis Vaccaro got us some timely goals. Tim Edwards controlled the faceoff X the entire game and that was huge for us.

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