Men's Lacrosse Defeats Butler 11-8
May 2, 2001
Indianapolis, Ind. –
All-American Conor Gill returned to action after missing one game to spark Virginia to an 11-8 victory over Butler Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. The Cavaliers close the regular season with a 7-6 record in their effort to receive a ninth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. Butler ends its season with a 5-9 record.
Middie Chris Rotelli scored all three of his goals in the first half as Virginia jumped to a 6-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Butler’s Dan Torgersen and Doug Patterson scored in the final two minutes of the half to trim the Cavaliers’ halftime lead to 6-5.
The Bulldogs knotted the score at 6-all with their third goal in a row 3:02 into the third quarter on Ryan Ward’s first goal of the game. Defenseman Ryan Stopper pushed the ball downfield on a clear and fed Ward on the crease for the tying goal.
Gill, who didn’t enter the game until the second quarter, reentered the contest early in the third quarter and quickly made his presence felt. Following a holdling penalty on Matt Yeager, Gill worked his way from behind the cage, dodged several defenders and beat goalie Brendan Winkler from point blank range for the eventual game-winner with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. Gill gave the Cavaliers a two-goal cushion two-and-a-half minutes later with his second goal of the quarter.
Ward’s second tally of the game a minute later brought the Bulldogs closer at 8-7.
Face-off specialist David Jenkins helped Virginia hold possession for most of the fourth quarter by winning all four face-offs in the period.
Butler’s Winkler recorded 16 saves, while Virginia’s Tillman Johnson stopped five shots.
Bids to the NCAA Tournament will be announced Sunday (May 6).
BU 16 (Winkler 16)
UVa 5 (Johnson 5)
BU 17 of 25
UVa 20 of 23
BU 1 of 4
UVa 2 of 3
Goals–Patterson 2, Rosecrans 2, Ward 2, Torgersen, Yeager.
Assists–Aitkin, Cichostepski, Stopper, Torgersen, Walker, Ward.