March 22, 2016
Air Force plays Richmond on Saturday with the top seed in the SoCon tournament on the line. (John Strohsacker)
Air Force plays Richmond on Saturday with the top seed in the SoCon tournament on the line. (John Strohsacker)

Men's Roundup: Air Force Tops Duke in OT

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DURHAM, N.C. – Chris Walsch scored on a 3-on-1 break in overtime following a Duke turnover to lift Air Force to a 10-9 victory over No. 9 Duke. The Falcons won their seventh straight game since beginning the season 0-2. 

Duke’s defense had killed off an Air Force extra man opportunity in the overtime and had possession in the final minute of the overtime. An errant pass rolled to midfield and two Duke defenders collided going for the ball. The Blue Devils were whistled for going offside and one of the players appeared to be shaken up on the play. However, a quick restart led to the 3-on-1 opportunity and Nick Hruby fed Walsch on the right side and he cashed home the game-winner.

Duke jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game after the opening 15 minutes, but was unable to pull away thanks to a sensational performance by Air Force goalie Doug Gouchoe. Gouchoe made 17 saves to help offset a night when Duke won 17-of-22 faceoffs.

Air Force trailed for the majority of the game, but scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to take a 9-8 lead on Christopher Allen’s goal with 10:42 remaining in regulation. Duke’s Deemer Class answered with 6:01 remaining to tie it and the Blue Devils almost won it in regulation, but a shot by Justin Guterding hit the post with nine seconds left.

Walsch won the offensive star for Air Force with three goals, including the game-winner with 10 seconds left in overtime, and four assists. Hruby, Christopher Allen and Andrew Tien each added two goals. Class and Chad Cohan each had three goals for Duke.


In other games on Tuesday:

No. 20 Boston University handed No. 16 Harvard its fourth consecutive loss. The Terriers used a five-goal run from late in the first half through midway into the fourth quarter to take a 9-5 lead, and then held off a late Harvard run as the Crimson scored the final three goals of the game, the last coming by Morgan Cheek with 1:28 remaining. Harvard had an extra-man opportunity after Cheek’s goal, but BU goalie Christian Carson-Banister came up with a big save to preserve the win. Carson-Banister made 13 saves in the win and Cal Dearth had four goals and two assists for the Terriers (7-2). Devin Dwyer led Harvard (4-4) with four goals. 

Hofstra avoided an upset and a third straight loss by rallying for a 13-12 overtime win against Vermont. The Catamounts (3-5) scored four straight goals in the fourth quarter to take a 12-11 lead with 4:30 to play, but Hofstra’s Josh Byrne scored with 20 seconds left to force overtime and Brian von Bargen scored the game-winner for the Pride with 2:49 left in overtime. von Bargen led Hofstra (5-3) with four goals and Korey Hendrickson had three. Ian MacKay led Vermont with four goals.

Second-year program NJIT earned its first ever win, 10-7 over Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon. Highlanders goalie Nick Marzullo made 14 saves. Joe Lomeli scored two goals with two assists, midfielder Ryan Callaghan, a Detroit transfer, notched three goals, Aaron Foster had a goal and three assists and Ryan Bradway also had a goal with two assists. NJIT had lost its first 21 games and reached double-digit goals just one other time, scoring 10 against Vermont in its third game of its inaugural 2015 season. Dartmouth (1-5) was coming off a one-goal win against Michigan on Saturday. Overall, the Big Green outshot NJIT 41-25 and won 15 of 20 faceoffs. 

No. 13 Navy scored seven of the game’s first eight goals on its way to an 11-4 Patriot League win over Lafayette. T.J. Hanzsche had three goals and three assists and Jack Ray also had a hat trick for the Mids (5-2, 3-1 PL). Eric Joseph had two goals and Jason Sands had three assists for Lafayette (1-6, 0-4).

Will Mazzone (4g, 4a) and Brendan Kearns (3g, 5a) each had eight-point afternoons to lead Providence past UMass-Lowell 15-11. The Friars have now won four of their last five games to improve to 5-3 for the season. Matthew Balter had five goals for UMass-Lowell (2-7). 

Dan Mazurek (10-of-13) and Austin Macchi (7-of-8) combined to win 17-of-21 faceoffs as Binghamton won its second straight game, beating Drexel 10-7. The Bearcats (2-4) led 7-4 at the half and then put the game away by scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Matthew Kaser had three goals for Binghamton and Tanner Cosens made 11 saves. Matthew Varian led Drexel (3-5) with two goals.

Fairfield held Quinnipiac to just three goals through the first three quarters and posted a 13-7 victory. TJ Neubauer led the Stags (4-5) with five goals and Colin Burke added four. Foster Cuomo and Anthony Carchietta each had two goals and an assist for Quinnipiac (3-3).

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