Butler vs. Canisius
March 1, 2003
The Game Story:
SOUTH BEND, IND. - Senior Ryan Ward scored seven goals and added three assists in leading the Butler lacrosse team to a 19-14 win over Canisius on Saturday afternoon at the Notre Dame Indoor Facility. Ward's 10-point performance against the Golden Griffins broke a school record, which was originally set by Terry Mercer (5g, 4a) during the 1993 season. Ward's seven goals also tied a school record, set by Mike Regan in 2000.

In addition to Ward, seven other players scored for the Bulldogs (2-1). Brian Ronquillo finished with four goals, Kyle Tietjen and Rich Pavlick added two goals apiece and Dan Torgersen, Lawrence O'Toole, Doug Mathias and Anthony Crimmins each chipped in one. Jason Soporito and Ward led Butler with three assists apiece.

"Ryan is really starting to step up his game," said head coach Craig Kahoun. "He is a player who we depend upon offensively, and he really pulled through for us today."

Butler outshot Canisius 49-30 on the game. Brendan Winkler finished with seven saves in the cage and Sam Ashley came in off the bench to add two for the Bulldogs. Their Canisius counterparts recorded 12 saves on the game.

"I am extremely happy with our offensive output," added Kahoun. "We need to sharpen up our transition work on the defensive end, but this was a good win for us to get under our belts heading into spring break."

Butler will take the week off to prepare for nationally-ranked Bucknell, which the Bulldogs will take on Sunday (Mar. 9) at 3 p.m. at a neutral site in Pittsburgh, Pa.