Every time you think a blowout is about to ensue, the reality of the 2013 college lacrosse season hit you right in the face.
Nobody is safe out there.
Some of the top teams in the nation are either losing or barely escaping against inferior opponents. The question is, are these opponents really inferior?
The game of lacrosse is spreading, teams are sprouting up, and the talent pool is being spread over a larger landscape.
No. 1 Notre Dame barely got by an underachieving Rutgers squad last weekend, and another top-five team had a real scare last night.
Following two big wins over Penn and Ohio State, Denver played Air Force Wednesday night in a fight for Colorado. Going into the game, it seemed as though the quickness and efficiency of the Denver offense would be too much for the Falcons, and it just barely was.
Led by six goals from Wes Berg, Denver had to rally to defeat the Falcons.
In the second half, Air Force came out firing and found themselves with a three goal lead later in the game. It looked as though Denver had met its match and would soon be on a two-game losing streak.
After a timeout by Bill Tierney to fire up the squad, Denver won six-of-nine face-offs in the final quarter, giving them the ability to get the ball to their playmakers and score quickly. Denver also got four saves from their goaltender in the fourth, while Air Force saw every shot go past them as they recorded zero saves down the stretch.
A sense of urgency clearly came over the Pioneers, who now improve to 6-2 on the year. Their losses come to Penn State and Notre Dame, two very talented teams that are contenders this year.
They will now prepare to face Hobart this Saturday as they look to keep their top-five ranking.
Air Force will face first-year program Michigan as they look to right the ship.