Butler vs. Robert Morris
April 2, 2005
The Game Story:
Freshman Jason Donati scored three goals and added two assists Saturday, leading the Bulldogs to a 15-9 win over visiting Robert Morris at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis. Rookie attackman Nick Vosburgh also had five points on two goals and three helpers. The win, Butler's second straight, vaults the Bulldogs to 4-3 on the season, while Robert Morris falls to 0-8.

Butler scored the first two goals of the game on scores from freshman Grant Albertson and sophomore Tommy DeCurtis. Robert Morris answered with a goal at the 4:18 mark of the first period before the Bulldogs ran off three straight goals to take a 5-1 lead two minutes into the second period after back-to-back goals from Donati. After two quick Colonial scores, Butler got man-up goals from Doug Mathias and Pat Hurto to take a 7-3 lead into the intermission.

Freshman Cliff Smith scored off a Donati assist 56 seconds into the third period to give the Bulldogs an 8-3 edge. Robert Morris then mounted a rally by scoring five of the next six goals to pull within one at 9-8 after Todd Greenhalgh's goal with 4:12 remaining in the third period. Tietjen found the net with 2:50 to play in the frame and the Bulldogs scored the first three goals of the fourth to essentially put the game out of reach. Butler finished the game by scoring six of the final seven goals. Butler limited the Colonials to one score (a man-up goal by Andrew Watt with 8:15 to play) in the final 19 minutes of the game.

Smith had a goal and a team-high three assists. Senior Kyle Tietjen had two goals, one of 11 Bulldogs to crack the scoring column. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Brendan Flanagan had a game-high six ground balls, one more than teammate Gary Gambarani.

Sophomore Ryan Kaiser got the start in net and made nine saves in securing the first win of his Butler career. He faced 24 shots from Robert Morris in 60 minutes of action. Butler had a 37-24 advantage in shots, including a 23-10 edge in the first half. The Bulldogs also had 37 ground balls to the Colonials' 31 and won 14 of the 27 face-offs.

Butler took advantage of three of its six extra-man opportunities and limited the Colonials to just one man-up goal in six chances. Butler was 24-of-32 on clear opportunities, while RMU was 25-of-30.

John Kennedy played well in net for Robert Morris, making 15 saves on the afternoon as 37 shots came his way. Carlo Sunseri led the Colonials with three goals, while Eric DeSalvatore and Watt each added two.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, April 9, concluding the team's three-game homestand at the Butler Bowl with a noon (CST) face-off against defending Great Western Lacrosse League champion Ohio State.