Butler vs. Air Force
April 19, 2002
The Game Story:
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.^×The Butler lacrosse team used a 9-4 second half advantage to capture a 13-8 victory over Great Western Lacrosse League rival, Air Force on Friday (Apr. 19) at the Butler Bowl. The win lifts the Bulldogs to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in league action, while the Falcons drop to 3-7 on the season and 1-3 in the GWLL.

With the score tied 4-4 at halftime, Air Force scored the go-ahead goal in early in the third quarter as Greg Dangler scored on a Ray Wilson assist. The Bulldogs then took over, scoring four consecutive goals, including back-to-back tallies by Ryan Ward (Victoria, B.C.) to pull ahead 8-5. The Falcons' Kyle Warf scored at 4:19 in the third to bring his team back within two goals, but the Bulldogs would score the final goal of the quarter - an Anthony Crimmins (Coppell, TX) goal from Rich Pavlick (Columbus, OH) - to go up 9-6 heading into the final stanza.

Air Force would again get on the board first in the quarter, as Bill Keleher used an extra-man opportunity to connect with the back of the net at 11:48. Butler again put its offensive attack together, rattling off four straight goals, including two unassisted goals by Adam Cichostepski (Skaneateles, NY) to take a 13-7 lead. Dangler's EMO goal at 4:46 pulled the Falcons back to within 13-8, but the visitors were unable to score again.

Ward led the Bulldogs' offensive attack with three goals and two assists on the game. Cichostepski finished with three goals and Chris Aitkin (Westport, CT) added two goals and an assist for Butler. Dangler led all players with six total points on the game, recording two goals and four assists in the Falcons' loss.

Junior Brendan Winkler (Miami, FL) tallied 14 saves in the cage, and backup goalie Sam Ashley (Englewood, CO) added three saves for the Bulldogs. Winkler's counterpart, Bill Arnold, completed the game with 11 saves.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Sunday (Apr. 21) when they take on GWLL foe Denver on Senior Day at the Butler Bowl. Face-off is slated for noon.