Butler vs. Holy Cross
March 6, 2005
The Game Story:
Butler used goals from eight different players to score the first win of Stan Ross' head coaching career, posting an 11-4 win over Holy Cross Sunday afternoon in a neutral site game at the Boys' Latin School in Baltimore. Freshman Grant Albertson led the Bulldogs with three goals and an assist. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 1-2 on the young season. Holy Cross also now stands at 1-2.

Freshman Cliff Smith found the net twice for the Bulldogs, joining Albertson as the only Butler players to score more than one goal. Doug Mathias, Nick Vosburgh, Anthony Crimmins, Jason Donati, Pat Hurto and Brian Welch each had a single goal for the Bulldogs. Senior Kyle Tietjen had three assists, giving him a team-high five helpers on the season.

"It's nice to get our first win, especially with so many players contributing," said Ross. "Grant led us offensively and Sam (Ashley) played well in goal."

Senior Sam Ashley went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs, picking up the win. He made 10 saves. Butler won 12 of 19 face-offs and scored two of the goals in extra-man situations.

Ross returned to a familiar spot to earn the first win of his head coaching career. The former Loyola (Md.) College player spent his prep career playing for Boys' Latin, earning All-Metro honors on two occasions. The game was actually a contest of first-year head coaches. Ross and Holy Cross coach Adam Pascal are two of the five Division I first-year coaches.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at Marist.