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Air Force and Colorado College get NCAA lacrosse tourney pairings

By: News services
May 7, 2017 Updated: May 8, 2017 at 10:28 am
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Air Force men's lacrosse

Fifth-seeded Denver will host Air Force at 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU). The winner will take on the winner of fourth-seeded Notre Dame and Marquette at Hofstra on May 20.

The Pioneers are 11-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 4-1 at home, and won the 2015 NCAA title. Denver is 18-2 in its Division I history against the Falcons, winning the past nine games. This will be the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament. Denver won 14-6 at home Feb. 11, led by a six-point day from Connor Cannizzaro and a 15-of-18 faceoff edge for Trevor Baptiste.

CC women's lacrosse

Colorado College renews its rivalry with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps when the teams collide in the second round of the of NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday.

Time for the opening faceoff in Claremont, Calif., will be announced Monday.

The Tigers received an at-large bid after completing the regular season at 14-4.

CMS (16-1) earned an automatic berth after defeating Chapman 18-9 in the championship game of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

The longtime rivals met April 1, with the Athenas recording a 15-11 victory to take a 6-5 lead in the all-time series.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has not ventured to Colorado Springs since 2007 when CC prevailed 15-9 in the only previous NCAA Tournament encounter.

Since then, CMS has won six straight against Colorado College, the first five by only one goal.

The Tigers, who own an 8-8 all-time postseason record, advanced to the national semifinals in 2005, where they dropped a 15-11 decision to No. 1 Salisbury.

As a team, CC leads the nation averaging 18.61 draws controls per game and ranks second in scoring offense at 19.44 goals and 27.78 points.

Junior attackers Steph Kelly and Annie DeFrino lead Colorado College's dynamic attack. Kelly set the program's single-season highs with 104 points and 54 assists this season, while DeFrino set a new mark with 67 goals.

Senior midfielder Mary Taussig has a team-high 51 ground balls and 38 caused turnovers. She also is second with 40 draw controls and fourth with 32 goals.

On the other side of the bracket, Castleton State (12-6) and Westfield State (13-5) will meet in Saturday's first round, with the winner facing off with William Smith (18-1) on Sunday.

CC men's lacrosse

Colorado College earned its fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and will travel to Radnor, Pa., to play No. 9 Cabrini in a second-round game Wednesday.

The Tigers received an at-large bid after completing the regular season at 10-5.

Cabrini (14-3) earned an automatic berth after claiming its 17th consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference championship with an 18-6 victory over Marywood on Saturday.

The winner of Wednesday's game will meet either Elizabethtown (14-3) or Franklin & Marshall (15-2) on Saturday.

Playing a nationally ranked opponent in the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for the Tigers.

In the program's first NCAA postseason game in 2011, Colorado College dropped a 25-5 decision at Roanoke, which advanced to the national semifinals.

CC fell at No. 11 Washington College, 10-7, in 2013, at No. 12 Amherst (13-10) the following year and then at No. 9 Endicott (12-6) in 2015.

Last year, the Tigers overcame an 8-2 second-half deficit to defeat Whittier, 11-10 in overtime for the program's first NCAA Tournament victory.

In the second round, CC fell 16-5 at No. 3 Salisbury, which went on to defeat Tufts in the championship game.

Junior attackman Robbie Stern leads the CC attack with 45 goals and is second with 54 points. Senior attackman Austin Davie has a team-high 58 points and 24 assists, and is second with 34 goals.

The Tiger defense features junior Riley Hoffman, who has a team-best 16 caused turnovers, and senior Connor Haney, who has 10. Sophomore midfielder Parker Woo has won 165 of 235 faceoffs and leads Colorado College with 107 ground balls.

Air Force baseball

Albuquerque: Air Force (24-22, 11-15 MW) lost to New Mexico (28-20-1, 18-4-1 MW), 11-6, in Mountain West action Sunday at Santa Ana Star Field. Sophomores Daniel Jones and Nic Ready hit home runs for the Falcons.

Air Force was unable to hold a 5-2 lead. A five-run fifth inning pushed New Mexico ahead for good.

Starting pitcher and leadoff hitter Luis Gonzalez (4-2) was a true two-way threat for the Lobos. Gonzalez pitched seven innings for the win. He also went 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs.

Air Force outhit New Mexico 14-12. Adam Groesbeck continues to swing a hot bat, going 3 for 5 with a double. Daniel Jones had the three-run shot as part of a four-run fourth for the Falcons. His brother, Tyler, had an RBI double to cap the fourth. The Jones brothers and Nic Ready had two hits each. Ready had a solo home run for the first run in the second inning.

Starting pitcher Matt Hargreaves (3-4) pitched four innings in the loss. Tyler Mortenson, Ryan Holloway, Jake Gilbert and Shawn Kelly pitched in relief.

UCCS track and field

Gunnison: UCCS' women's track and field opened the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with several athletes advancing out of their prelims.

Freshman Kayla Wooten paced the Mountain Lions by placing second in the 1,500m prelims with a time of 4:54.05 while also taking seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:19.22. Wooten finished two spots behind teammate Chelsea Martus in the event with Martus crossing the finish line with a time of 2:13.68.

Aubrey Templeton earned six points for UCCS in the 10,000m with a time of 38.26.97.

The 4x100m relay team of Molly Klotz, Josie Eder, Jalen Jordan, and Morgan Barone qualified for the finals with an eighth place finish.

In the heptathlon, Rylee Ries sits in seventh place with a combined score of 2,361 points through four events.

- UCCS' men opened with several athletes advancing out of their prelims.

William Mayhew led the Mountain Lions in the 800m prelims by posting the fastest time in the qualifying races by crossing the finish line in an NCAA Disivion II provisional time of 1:51.07.

LaChristopher Smith won the third heat and placed third overall in the 100m prelims with a time of 10.70 seconds.

Fellow sprinter Caleb Simons punched his ticket to the 400m finals after finishing with the sixth best time of 49.04 seconds.

The duo joined Deshon Elcock and Tristan Hinkley in the 4x100m relay prelims, taking second overall with a timie of 40.96 seconds.

In the long jump, DePree Kimber earned five points for UCCS in the long jump, taking fourth place with a leap of 7.10m.

CC track and field

Los Angeles: Sophomores Henry Baldwin and Trevor Hightower posted top-10 finishes Saturday at the Occidental Invitational Track and Field Meet.

Baldwin placed ninth in the high jump at 6 feet, 43/4 inches and Hightower finished 10th in the triple jump at 41-81/2.

Freshman Ben Hall finished 12th in the high jump at 6-03/4 and junior Justin Nguyen was 21st in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.05.

In the women's meet, sophomore Leah Veldhuisen ran a personal-best 18:29.75 in the 5,000 and junior Duranya Freeman posted a season-best 2:20.66 in the 800.

Fellow junior Asmeda Spalding-Aguirre recorded CC's best finish Saturday, placing 18th in the 400-with a time of 58.63 seconds.

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