Butler vs. Wheeling Jesuit
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler lacrosse team scored five goals in the first seven and a half minutes of action and never looked back, dominating Wheeling Jesuit 12-3 on a frigid Saturday afternoon at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs improve to 5-4 overall, tying its win total from last season. The Cardinals, a Division II program out of Wheeling, W. Va., drop to 5-3 with the loss.

Rich Pavlick scored twice and Dan Torgerson, Anthony Crimmins and Ryan Ward each found the back of the net within the first 7:21 of the first quarter to propel the Bulldogs to a 5-0 lead. Wheeling Jesuit's Jeremy Johnson scored an unassisted goal at the 3:23 mark in the first quarter, but that was the Cardinals' only tally of the first half.

The Bulldogs gave themselves a six-goal cushion at halftime, as Jason Soporito and Kyle Tietjen each scored in the second quarter, to give Butler a 7-1 edge. Butler would go on to dominate the third stanza as Crimmins, Pavlick, Alan Eberstein and Phil Brauch all got on the scoreboard, extending the Bulldogs' lead to 11-1.

Wheeling Jesuit got the best of the Bulldogs in the final period, outscoring Butler 2-1, but by then the game was well out of reach. Butler outshot the Cardinals, 40-22, but the vistors held a slim 53-51 edge on groundballs.

Senior Brendan Winkler and sophomore Sam Ashley each split time in the cage for Butler. Winkler finished with four saves, while Ashley recorded five. Their counterparts, Nick Asmo and Pat Renkiewicz combined for 12 saves on the day.

Butler will return to action on Thursday when the Bulldogs travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Great Western Lacrosse League foe Notre Dame. Faceoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.