USAF Academy, Colo. - Four Falcon lacrosse players registered hat tricks to command a 19-9 victory over the University of Detroit in a Wednesday afternoon matinee at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons, who scored a season high 19 goals, improve to 4-2 on the season while Detroit Mercy drops to 3-2.
Air Force's Coloradan and Minnesotan representatives had a highlight-reel of a day as five Falcons, two from Minnesota and three from Colorado, combined for 13 goals in the assault.
Of the four Falcons with hat tricks, it was Trey Lervick who led the way with four goals and an assist on the day. The senior from Woodbury, Minnesota, has four hat tricks this season, two of which were four-goal performances. Lervick leads the squad with 15 goals this season.
Junior attack man Matthew Schwartz of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, added three goals and two assists to his stat line to tie Lervick in offensive productivity in the game. The Minnesotan combo combined for seven goals in the game. Schwartz has eight goals and seven assists this season.
Tim Baker was the second Falcon to finalize a hat trick on the score sheet, netting three goals in six shot attempts. Baker, who has only played in two games this season after coming off an injury, registered his second-straight hat trick of the season. Baker and Lervick led the game with six shots on goal apiece.
The only Falcon to have more goals than Lervick and Baker in the last two games combined (6) is freshman breakout August Johnsonwho registered his second-straight hat trick, netting three goals with a game-high 10 shot attempts. He has seven goals in the last two games. Before Johnson got his first collegiate start against Canisius last week, he took only one shot in four appearances. In the last two games, both of which Johnson started in, the Colorado Springs, Colorado, product has the team's season-high mark in single-game shots taken; he is the only Falcon to take 10 or more shots in a game --he's done it twice now.
Coloradan teammates Jake Thornally and Chet Dunstan put on for the Box State as duo combined for three goals, bringing the Colorado natives' total goal count to six. Thornally netted two goals while Dunstan put one between the pipes.
Co-team captain Jack Flynn and teammate Quincy Peene added a goal apiece in the onslaught, marking their sixth and third goals of the season, respectfully. Flynn added an assist to his stat line as well.
Senior face-off specialist Trent Harper had a stellar game as well as the Birmingham, Alabama, native dominated the face-off X, winning 17-of-24 attempts (.708) to set a season-high mark. Harper, who also registered an assist in the game, punched in Air Force's 12th goal off of a face-off win. He has been victorious at the face-off X in five of the last six games this season.
Senior co-team captain Cameron Carter was a key component in opening up the Falcons' offense as veteran attack man led the team with a game-high three assists. He has assists five this season. Sophomore Matthew O'Rourk tallied two assists in the game followed up by teammates Kevin Cox, Caden Wolfson and Sterling Ceshkar who all tallied an assist apiece. The Falcons' 13 assists on the game marked a season-high for Air Force.
Senior co-team captain Brandon Jones and sophomore defender Vince Lombardi anchored the staunch Air Force defense, which has proven to be nightmarish for opponents, as they combined for seven ground balls and six caused turnovers on the game. Jones picked up five ground balls, marking his second-straight game of leading the field in ground balls. Lombardi added two ground balls to his stat line and they both recorded three caused turnovers. Jones leads the squad with 33 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers this season.
Detroit Mercy was led by junior attack man Seth Mendel who recorded a game-high six points from four goals and two assists. Five of his Titan teammates combined for the other five goals. Titan goalkeeper Logan Shamblin, who registered all 60-mints of action, made 10 saves on the day.
Next up, the Falcons hit the road to open the Southern Conference slate against the Mercer Bears at noon ET, Saturday, March 16, in Macon, Georgia. The Falcons lead the Bears in the all-time series, 7-1.