May 23, 2014 12:00 PM by Jordan Mason
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force lacrosse seniors Mike Crampton and Erik Smith have been named honorable mention All-America selections by the USILA.
Crampton and Smith become the 11th and 12th players in program history to receive All-America accolades, and the first since 1997. They are also the first Air Force duo since 1971 to earn All-America recognition in the same season.
The pair helped lead Air Force to one of its best seasons in school history, as the Falcons earned ECAC regular-season and tournament titles and made their first NCAA tournament bid since 1988 (and third overall). Air Force also posted its first winning record since 1997 and highest win total since 1988.
Crampton, a native of Kinnelon, N.J., was named an honorable mention selection on attack after turning in a stellar senior campaign. The ECAC Offensive Player of the Year finished the 2014 season with 66 points, including a team-high 48 goals, setting program records for most goals and points in a single season (modern era), while also setting modern-era records for career goals (127) and points (177).
Additionally, Crampton finished the year ranked among the nation's leaders in both goals per game (12th) and points per game (16th). A two-time team MVP and offensive MVP in 2014, Crampton closed out his career ranked seventh all-time at the Academy in career goals and ninth in career points. He also became just the 11th player in school history to reach 100 goals for his career.
Meanwhile, Smith received honorable mention recognition at midfield for his standout senior season. The do-it-all midfielder finished the 2014 season with a career-best 40 points (25g, 15a) and a team-leading 61 ground balls, while also posting a .579 winning percentage at the face-off X, earning first-team All-ECAC honors. While ranking among Air Force's modern era leaders in goals, assists and total points, Smith also holds the program record for career ground balls with 231.
A native of Golden, Colo., Smith was also named a USILA Scholar All-American, just the second in school history, and is slated to compete in next week's North/South All-Star Game.
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