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Gazette Premium Content Air Force, Colorado College make NCAA men's lacrosse fields

News services - Published: May 4, 2014

Air Force's men's lacrosse team will host Atlantic Sun champion Richmond in the play-in round of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday. The game is slated to begin at 7?p.m. in Falcon Stadium.

The Falcons, who have reached 10 wins for the first time since 1989, will make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988. Air Force, which holds a 10-5 record, earned an automatic bid to the national tournament by capturing the ECAC tournament title. The Falcons, who entered the ECAC championship as the third seed, defeated second-seeded host Ohio State, 14-7, in the semifinals, before earning a 9-8 victory over top-seeded and 14th-ranked Fairfield.

Meanwhile, Richmond earned its automatic bid by capturing the Atlantic Sun tournament championship. After earning a 14-6 win over Mercer in the semifinals, the Spiders defeated High Point, 8-7, in the title game. Richmond has compiled a 6-10 record in its inaugural season of varsity competition.

The winner of Wednesday's play-in game will advance to the NCAA first round, facing the defending national champion, top-seeded Duke. That contest will be played at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in Durham, N.C.

CC men in D3 field

Colorado College's men's lacrosse team earned its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship and will travel to No. 14-ranked Amherst for a first-round matchup Wednesday.

The starting time will be announced Monday.

CC, which improved to 10-5 with an 11-10 overtime victory against Whittier on Friday, received one of 10 at-large selections in the 30-team field. The Tigers are making their third appearance in the national tournament in the past four years.

The Jeffs (12-4) also earned an at-large bid after falling 20-13 to Tufts in the NESCAC championship game.

The winner of Wednesday's contest advances to face No.?1 RIT (18-0) in the second round on Saturday.

The CC women did not receive a bid. Two teams from the SCAC got in from the West.

Air Force baseball

At Falcon Field: Air Force rallied to a 5-4 win over Nevada in Mountain West action. The win gave the Falcons the series win and improved them to 17-30, 7-17 and dropped the Wolf Pack to 24-20, 14-9. The Falcons scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the eighth.

The Falcons got three innings of scoreless relief pitching by Nathan Stanford (2-0). Starting pitcher Steven Trojan breezed through the first six innings before trouble in the seventh. The Falcons jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.

Air Force won when Noah Pierce just got under the tag attempt on a wild pitch.

The Falcons had eight hits. Pierce went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs. Tyler Saleck added a two-run triple.

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