March 10, 2006
USAFA, Colo. - The Pioneer men's lacrosse team mounted a late fourth quarter rally but fell just short as the Air Force Falcons posted an 11-9 win in their home opener Friday afternoon. The Falcons improve to 1-4 on the season with the win, while the Pioneers fall to 0-3.
Air Force dominated the first period, rolling out to a 5-0 lead with a trio of scored by senior tri-captain Max Miller sandwiched in between scores by Griffin Nevitt and Kevin Crumrine. Sacred Heart freshman Bobby Karl notched his first collegiate goal to open the second period; the Falcons' Justin Kuchta helped Air Force regain its five-goal margin on an assist by Miller at the 13:26 mark. The two teams continued to trade goals in the period, as the Falcons went into the locker room with a 7-3 advantage.
A pair of goals by Air Force to begin the third stanza helped the Falcons increase their lead to 9-3, but the Pioneers rattled off two more scores within a span of 20 seconds to cut the margin to four. Junior Peter Greco tallied his fifth of the year at 8:21 followed by fellow junior Brendan McAuley's first career score at 8:02 to pull SHU to within 9-5.
Air Force struck again for a 10-5 advantage, but Sacred Heart was not done fighting. The Pioneers closed the half with three unanswered scores on Karl's third, Greco's second and an unassisted marker from sophomore Tony Tanzi to rally within 10-8. Tanzi struck again unassisted with 11:21 in the fourth to pull the Pioneers to within 10-9 but the Falcons added an insurance goal at the 3:44 mark in the fourth quarter and held on for the 11-9 decision.
For the Pioneers, Karl finished with three goals and an assist, Tanzi added two goals and two assists and Peter Greco has two goals and an assist. Tanzi also won 7-of-11 face-offs, while Thomas Hind notched six saves in 45 minutes in goal for Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart is right back in action on Sunday afternoon when they face the #12 ranked Denver Pioneers at 1:00 pm mountain time.