The St. John’s lacrosse team fell to Air Force on the road Saturday by a score of 10-5, despite strong efforts from Justin O’Donnell and Tom Michaelsen. Both O’Donnell and Michaelsen finished the day with two goals.
Although the final score seemed one-sided, St. John’s put up a fight, outplaying Air Force in many aspects. The Red Storm not only out-shot Air Force, 33-25, but dominated the Falcons on face-offs, controlling 16-of-19. St. John’s also collected 15 more ground balls than Air Force.
St. John’s (2-4) started off the scoring, with O’Donnell netting the first goal of the match just two minutes in. However, Air Force finished the quarter strong with a solid effort from Max Miller, who contributed two goals and an assist by the end of the first, sending the Falcons into the second quarter with a 3-2 lead. O’Donnell tallied the only other goal for the Red Storm in the first.
After more than 10 minutes of action without any scoring in the second, Air Force broke out for two more goals in a 35-second span. Michaelsen scored the lone goal of the quarter for St. John’s in the waning minutes, however Air Force’s Kevin Crumrine scored just before the end of the half to give the Falcons a 6-3 lead.
The third quarter proved to be more of the same, with Michaelsen and Robert Gannon netting the only goals for St. John’s, Gannon’s coming with just three seconds remaining in the quarter. Air Force tallied three goals in the third, with two coming from Conrad Lochoki, to push the score to 9-4. Michaelsen’s goal came with the Red Storm on a man advantage, with the assist going to Jack Rosson.
The fourth quarter proved to be a frustrating one for St. John’s, who could not put one past Air Force goalie Justin Pavoni, stopping all eight of the Red Storm’s shots to hold them scoreless.
St. John’s will be back on the field March 29 at home against Wagner.