2022 Schedule Preview: Air Force Falcons

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The Air Force Falcons are the 15th DI program and second in the ASUN to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Falcons are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 4-9 (3-3 SoCon) and saw their season end with an 11-6 loss against Richmond in the SoCon semifinals. 2022 marks the Falcons first season in the ASUN as they move to the conference along with Bellarmine, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Utah.

Falcons’ 2022 Schedule:

1/22Notre DameAir ForceScrimmage
1/29North CarolinaAir ForceScrimmage
2/5VirginiaAir Force
2/12DenverAir Force
2/19ColgateAir Force
2/26Air ForceCanisius
2/27Air ForceJacksonville
3/5Air ForceMarist
3/12BryantAir Force
3/19MercerAir Force
3/26MarquetteAir Force
4/2Air ForceUtahASUN
4/9Detroit MercyAir ForceASUN
4/16Air ForceCleveland StateASUN
4/23Robert MorrisAir ForceASUN
4/30Air ForceBellarmineASUN

New Opponents

Bryant, Canisius, Colgate, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Marist, Marquette

Team’s Dropped

Duke, High Point, North Carolina, Richmond, VMI

Key Games

3/19 @ Mercer: The Air Force Falcons and Mercer Bears will meet as non-conference opponents for the first time since 2014. Mercer used a 6-1, fourth-quarter, run to defeat the Falcons 15-13 last season, marking the Falcons’ second-ever loss to the Bears. Air Force suffered their first loss to Mercer in 2018, 9-7, to end a seven-game winning streak against the Bears. The Falcons dominated the Bears, 20-8, in their second-to-last contest in 2019.

4/2 vs Utah: Air Force kicks off ASUN play against the Utah Utes, whom the Falcons have faced each of their first three seasons as a DI program. Air Force holds a 2-1 series lead over the Utes, winning each of their last two meetings. That includes a narrow, 10-9, overtime victory last season in which Gianni Orlando put in the game-winner for the Falcons.

4/30 vs Bellarmine: The Falcons hold a 13-3 series lead all-time over the Knights, however five of their past seven meetings have been decided three goals or less. Last season, Air Force found themselves down 6-2 early in the third quarter before rattling off six consecutive goals to secure the 8-6 victory. Moving from the SoCon ASUN alongside the Knights, another close contest between these two could ensue this season.

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