Richmond Faces Air Force In First NCAA Tournament Game

MACON, Ga – Atlantic Sun Men's Lacrosse Champion Richmond play at Air Force in the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday. The Spiders won the A-Sun title after defeating High Point. The winner of this game will play defending champion Duke on Sunday.

Richmond, a first year Division I program, has accomplished many firsts this season and Wednesday's NCAA Tournament debut is another highlight for the new program. This week alone the Spiders watched the Selection Show on Sunday evening. On Monday they were receiving votes in the latest Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media poll, the third A-Sun team to receive votes this season.

Their opponents on Wednesday are No. 18 Air Force. The Falcons make their first NCAA appearance since 1988 after winning the ECAC Tournament title. They defeated Fairfield 9-8 to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Air Force is led by several seniors and upper classmen and will look to use that experience playing at home against a young Spiders squad.

NCAA Tournament News and Notes:

  • Richmond, the No. 4 seed coming into the A-Sun Tournament, defeated both the No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed to win the A-Sun Championship. They out shot Mercer 45-25 in the semifinal and used a 7-0 scoring run to control that game.
  • Offensively Air Force is led by senior attacker Mike Crampton who has scored 41 goals this season. He has added 16 assists and his shooting percentage is .311. The Falcons average 11.80 goals per game as a team, that ranks them 14th in the nation.
  • For the Spiders Mitch Goldberg leads the scoring with 31 goals, while adding nine assists. He also leads the team in shots at 125 for the season. Richmond averages 9.25 goals per game this year, but scored a season-high 14 goals in the semifinal against Mercer.
  • The Falcons have five players who have scored 20 or more goals this year. In comparison the Spiders have two. Four of the five players are seniors, with sophomore Christopher Allen scoring 20 goals as well.
  • Air Force allows 9.00 goals against on average this year, while Benny Pugh allows 9.34 goals in the cage for Richmond. Two Falcons goalies have contributed most of the minutes played this season, Brett Dadiego and Doug Gouchoe.
  • Brendan Hynes and Ryan Dennis continue to rank in the top-10 nationally in caused turnovers per game. Hynes sits sixth at 2.19, while Dennis is 10th at 1.94.
  • The two teams have some common opponents this season, as the Falcons took on four A-Sun opponents during the regular season. At home they defeated Furman, Jacksonville and Mercer by an average of eight goals. In the only road game against an A-Sun opponent, VMI defeated the Falcons 6-4.

Face-off is set for 9:05 p.m. ET with live stats and free video available via the Men's Lacrosse Page link.

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