Canisius vs. Butler
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior Rick Neward (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored three goals and added an assist for Canisius College, but the visiting Butler University Bulldogs scored the final five goals of the game to defeat the Golden Griffins 10-6 in men's lacrosse action at the Demske Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. Canisius falls to 1-5 on the season, while Butler improves to 3-4 overall.

The Griffs opened the scoring in the first quarter on goals by Neward at 3:44 and junior Jonathan Duggan (Amherst, N.Y.) at 5:29 for the 2-0 lead. Butler would cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 6:02 mark on a goal by Scott Walker and knot the game at two goals apiece on a goal by Lawrence O'Toole with 5:23 remaining in the quarter. Canisius scored an extra-man goal by freshman Matt Baldauf (Kenmore, N.Y.) with 2:55 remaining to take a 3-2 lead after the first quarter of play.

Midway through the second quarter of action, Butler scored the equalizer at the 8:37 mark on a goal by Brian Ronquillo and took the first lead of the game at 9:32 on Walker's second tally of the game. The Griffs battled back as Neward netted his second of the game with 2:59 remaining and sophomore Greg Campbell (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored an extra-man goal with 27 seconds left in the first half to give Canisius a 5-4 lead into the halftime break.

Butler added an extra-man goal of their own just 1:22 into the third quarter as Kyle Tiejen knotted the score at 5-5, but Canisius surged ahead on Neward's third of the afternoon at the 2:38 mark for a 6-5 lead, their last of the game. The Bulldogs would score the final five unanswered goals of the game to seal the victory.

Matt Eizenberg scored two goals in the third quarter, the first at the 6:21 mark and the second just under two minutes later for the 7-6 Butler lead. O'Toole added an extra-man goal 2:17 into the final quarter, followed by Walker's third of the game at the 11:57 and Ronquillo rounded out the scoring with 1:23 remaining in the game, an extra-man goal assisted by Tiejen.

Canisius junior goalie Seth Vath (East Greenbush, N.Y.) posted eight saves in net for the Griffs, while Brendan Winkler stopped 15 shots in just over 57 minutes for the Bulldogs.

The Griffs return to action Saturday afternoon, April 6, at the Demske Sports Complex as they host MAAC rival Providence College at 10:00 a.m.