MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
JU faces Air Force at Bolles
Ari Waffle, left, had eight goals against VMI.
Ari Waffle, left, had eight goals against VMI.
The JU men’s lacrosse team meets its third military academy for the the season Tuesday when the Dolphins play host to Air Force at Bolles High School. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Dolphins are coming off a draining 13-12 overtime win against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Virginia Military Institute Saturday and previously beat Navy in the Moe’s Southwest Grille Classic.

Saturday’s win gave JU (4-4, 1-1) its first MAAC victory of the year and came when freshman Ari Waffle scored with 2:38 to play in overtime. It was Waffle’s eighth goal of the game, a school record. Waflle leads the team with 19 goals. His 2.38 goals per game average is 24th in the country.

Midfielder Cameron Mann assisted on the game winner and it was the 102nd point of his career. He is the first Dolphin to reach that mark and he has scored at least a point in all of his, and the team’s, 36 games played. Mann is the team’s leading scorer with 31 points (12 goals and 19 assists).

Goal keeper Pete DeLuca, who has 114 saves, is averaging a nation’s leading 14.25 saves per game.

Air Force comes calling with a 3-4 record and their last two losses have come to ranked teams – fifth-ranked Loyola, 15-8, and a tough 11-8 game to eighth-ranked Denver Saturday.

The teams have a common opponent this year in Michigan. JU beat the Wolverines 9-8 in overtime and the Falcons beat Michigan 15-6.

“Air Force is very good,’’ coach Guy Van Arsdale said. “They’re very athletic out of the defensive end, they have the ability to score goals and have a couple of attack men who can shoot the ball. They have played some great games this year and have some big wins. They’re going to be a handful.’’

Those attack men are freshman Keith Dreyer who has 28 points and sophomore Mike Crampton with 16 goals.

Van Arsdale has some other concerns, too, as he’s not sure how his team will react to a short turnaround after the overtime game and he’s wary because of a MAAC game on the road, at Siena, this weekend.

“This is going to be a hell of a test,’’ he said. “I just hope we go have some fun with it.’’

There will be an admission fee to the Air Force games with all fans being charged $5.

The game will be shown on free of charge.