MACON, Ga – Richmond's inaugural season came to close Wednesday night as the Spiders fell to Air Force in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament play-in game. The Falcons defeated the A-Sun Champions 13-5.
Richmond, a first year Division I program, kept the game close in the opening quarter as goalie Benny Pugh made several saves. The score was 2-1 in favor of the Falcons at the end of first quarter. Then the Falcons senior-laden squad took over with composed offense and stifling defense over the next two quarters.
ECAC Offensive MVP Mike Crampton scored four goals, teammates Erik Smith and Tommy McKee added two goals each to push the lead over the next two quarters. The Spiders didn't get back on the board until Brad Burnam's goal in the fourth quarter stopped an 8-0 scoring run.
Goalie Brett Dadiego made several point-blank stops to not allow Richmond any chance to begin a comeback. He finished with eight saves in the first half. Spiders goalie Benny Pugh ended the contest with nine saves.
Late in the fourth Richmond added goals by Nate Volpert, Mitch Goldberg and J.P. Forester for the final score of 13-5. Richmond concludes their first season in Division I Lacrosse at 6-11 with a conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Air Force advances to face No. 1 Duke, the defending champions, on Sunday in Durham, N.C.