PREVIEW: Colonials look to ground Air Force in Colorado

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Men’s lacrosse travels across the country to take on Air Force. Photo Credit: Nathan Breisinger

By Colby Sherwin, Contributor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The Colonials men’s lacrosse team (2-3) look to move to .500 as they hit the road for the first time this season. RMU will take on Air Force (1-3).

The Colonials, who defeated Bellarmine after losing to Notre Dame in their last action, will take a cross-country trip to Air Force. The Falcons look to turn their season around after dropping their last game against Virginia 20-4.

Recapping RMU

The Colonials come into this at 2-3 as they have had a mixed season so far. In each of their games, they have had a chance to win, they even led early on against no. 1 Duke.

The Colonials are top 20 in the nation in scoring at 22.40 goals-per-game. Ryan Smith is also top 50 in the county in shooting percentage at 47.4 percent. The Colonials are looking for a bit more consistency this year and hope this game could be the one that turns it around.

Scouting Air Force

The Falcons enter this contest at a low point in their season. After a 4-3 start, COVID-19 shortened the 2020 season for the Falcons and they still haven’t gotten it going. In 2021, they have held opponents to under 10 goals once and they have scored over 10 once as well. The last we saw the Falcons they were blitzed by Virginia 20-4, if the Falcons are going to turn it around, it will have to be now.

Players to Watch

Ryan Smith (RMU) – Smith has had a good year so far for RMU. In fact, he is 15th in the country in goals-per-game with 3.60. If he gets going in this one the Falcons are going to have another long day. Today, it was announced that he was on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, which is the Heisman of lacrosse.

Austin Popovich (RMU) – Popovich has been off to a hot start. With 15 points this year, he is second on the team in points. If Popovich keeps this up, he will be on his way to a big season.

August Johnson (AF) – Johnson had a nice 2019, with a 60.6-shooting percentage. He then followed it up with a career-high 62.5-percent. He hasn’t been the same in 2021, but he does have the ability to turn it around and if he does, he could be the spark to help the Falcons go.

Matthew O’Rourk (AF) – O’Rourk leads the team with seven points this season. He seems to be one of, if not the only bright spot in a dark Air Force season, though if he gets going the Falcons could win this one.

Prediction

The Colonials will be too much for Air Force and force the Falcons to flee in a 17-12 win getting RMU to .500.