Falcons Defeat Butler, 13-6
April 25, 2004
Junior D.J. Benzing scored four goals and had four assists to lead the Air Force men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 win over Butler Sunday in Indianapolis. The Falcons notched their second league win as they improve to 2-3 in the GWLL and 4-7 overall. Butler falls to 5-8 (0-5 GWLL).
"It was a great win for us," head coach Fred Acee said. "We needed to bounce back after a poor performance against Ohio State and we did."
The Falcons' Timothy Lorden opened the scoring just over five minutes in with a goal. Dave Brown added a goal in the first quarter as Air Force led 2-0 after 15 minutes of play. Phil Brauch scored at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter to pull the Bulldogs within one goal. After another Falcon goal, Greg Dangler's first of two goals, Butler would score off a breakaway to pull the Bulldogs back within one. Michael Colosimo would score with 11 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 4-2 advantage.
The offense would pick up in the third period, as the teams combined for eight goals. Three of those tallies came from the Falcons' D.J. Benzing, who finished the day with eight points. It was the highest single game point total in the seven years under Acee.
Air Force converted three straight extra-man opportunities to take a 10-5 lead just 26 seconds into the fourth period. O'Toole would cap the Bulldog scoring with a goal with 10:48 to play, but it wouldn't be enough as the Falcons were too strong offensively.
In addition to Benzing's four goals, Dangler and Colosimo each had two goals. Justin Kuchta, Paul Adams and William Keleher would also score for the Falcons. Goalkeeper Justin Pavoni notched 12 saves to earn his fourth win of the season.
Air Force held a 53-45 advantage in groundballs and won 13 of 22 faceoffs. The key stat of the game came as the Falcons scored on four of five extra-man opportunities, while the Bulldogs could not take advantage of either of their power play situations.
The Falcons will end their season next Saturday, May 1st, when they head east to Connecticut to take on Sacred Heart in non-conference competition.