Butler vs. Air Force
April 25, 2004
The Game Story:
Air Force used a strong defensive effort and four man-up goals to down the Bulldogs, 13-6, Sunday at Varsity Field in Indianapolis. The loss concludes the Bulldogs' season at 5-8 overall and 0-5 in Great Western Lacrosse League action. With the win, Air Force improves to 4-7 (2-3 GWLL). Senior Lawrence O'Toole had two goals on the afternoon in his final Butler game.

The Falcons' Timothy Lorden opened the scoring just over five minutes in with a goal. Dave Brown added a goal in the first quarter as Air Force led 2-0 after 15 minutes of play. Sophomore Phil Brauch scored at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter to pull the Bulldogs within one goal. After another Falcon goal, senior captain Dan McDonnell got loose on a breakaway and found the goal to pull the Bulldogs back within one. Air Force would score with 11 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 4-2 advantage.

The offense would pick up in the third period, as the teams combined for eight goals. Three of those tallies came from the Falcons' D.J. Benzing, who finished the day with eight points on four goals and four assists. Air Force converted three straight extra-man opportunities to take a 10-5 lead just 26 seconds into the fourth period. O'Toole would cap the Bulldog scoring with a goal with 10:48 to play, but it wouldn't be enough as the Falcons captured the game, 13-6.

In addition to O'Toole's two goals, the Bulldogs got scores from Brauch, McDonnell, Nick Wilbur and Austin Freshour. Junior Anthony Crimmins had two assists and Pat Hurto handed out one.

Bulldog netminders Sam Ashley and Ryan Kaiser split time in goal. Ashley allowed four goals and made six saves despite taking the loss. Kaiser allowed nine goals, while making seven saves.

Air Force held a 53-45 advantage in groundballs and won 13 of 22 faceoffs. The key stat of the game came as the Falcons scored on four of five extra-man opportunities, while the Bulldogs could not take advantage of either of their power play situations.

Prior to the game, the Bulldogs' seven seniors--O'Toole, Jason Soporito, Matt Sullivan, Kevin Lenz, McDonnell, Steve Leybourn and Chris McKay--were honored.