Butler Blanks Sacramento State, 4-0, To Win Flyer Classic

Sept. 2, 2007

Box Score

Junior Frank Patano scored a goal and added an assist to lead Butler to a 4-0 victory over Sacramento State in the final round of the Courtyard by Marriott Flyer Classic in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday (Sept. 2). The Bulldogs captured the tournament title with a 2-0 record, and Patano was named the Most Valuable Player of the four-team meet.

The Bulldogs, who needed a last minute goal to defeat St. Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the tournament, left little suspense in the final round match with Sacramento State. Butler launched an aggressive attack early in the match and eventually grabbed the lead for good on a goal by Ben Sippola off a pass from Patano at 35:16.

Seven minutes later freshman Dustin Mares scored Butler's second goal, after taking nifty pass from freshman Jacob Capito. The Bulldogs out-shot Sacramento State, 13-0, in the first half!

"We moved the ball very well today, and we were creating great chances," said Butler head coach Kelly Findley after the match. "We had several opportunities early in the match, but didn't capitalize. Once we started rolling, we took complete control."

"We were very disciplined all afternoon."

Patano added to Butler's lead with an unassisted goal at 65:23, and newcomer Boris Gatzky closed out the strong performance with an unassisted goal at 85:32. Butler out-shot the Hornets, 22-5, for the match. Gatzky led the Bulldogs with eight shots, while Patano added seven, including six shots on goal.

Newcomer Fabian Knopfler started at goalkeeper for the Bulldogs and teammed with junior Nick Hegeman for the shutout. Knopfler played the first 79:42, while Hegeman closed out the final 10:18.

Joining Patano on the All-Tournament team were Knopfler, Gatzky and Sippola.