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USAFA

CLAREMONT, Calif.-- No. 16 Air Force wrapped up its weekend Sunday by splitting a pair of games at the Inland Empire Classic, co-hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Falcons defeated host C-M-S 8-7, before dropping a 15-10 decision to ninth-ranked Long Beach State.

In its first game of the day, Air Force (3-1) outscored conference foe Claremont in the final period to edge the Sagehens. Senior Cruz Smithson and junior Andrew Hamilton were the leading goal scorers for the Falcons, tallying two goals each, while netminder Mike Fish was credited with 11 saves.

Air Force’s game against C-M-S was tightly contested, with the Falcons holding a one-goal advantage at the end of two periods, while the Sagehens were able to tie the score at 6-6 going into the final stanza. The Falcons struggled with their 6-on-5 offense against Claremont, scoring on just one of 10 opportunities.

In its final game of the weekend, Air Force was unable to overcome an early deficit against the 49ers, trailing 4-1 after one period and 7-3 at the half. Junior Josh Stedman was the leading goal scorer for the Falcons, tallying three goals, while Arcidiacono added a pair of scores. In addition, Smithson tallied a team-best four assists, as he moved up on the Falcons’ top 20 scoring list with 187 career points.