Sept. 25, 2008
LEAGUE START: Butler, off to its best start since 1998, will begin Horizon League play with a pair of matches in Wisconsin this weekend. The Bulldogs will visit Green Bay for a 7 p.m. (CT) contest on Friday, Sept. 26 and then travel to Milwaukee for a 3 p.m. (CT) match on Sunday, Sept. 28. The two matches will conclude a stretch of six consecutive contests away from home for head coach Kelly Findley's squad. Butler climbed to 5-1-1 on the year with a pair of victories at the Dayton Flyer Courtyard By Marriott Tournament last week. The two wins gave the Bulldogs their best seven-match record since 1998, when Butler started with a 6-1 record. The Bulldogs are currently second in the Horizon League standings, heading into league play, and Butler leads the league in victories away from home with four. Green Bay enters this weekend's action with a 2-4-2 record, while Milwaukee brings a 3-2-2 mark into the first weekend of league play.
Butler shares the Horizon League lead in victories with first place UIC.
UNBEATEN: Butler improved to 4-0 in tournament play this year with a two wins at the Dayton Flyer Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. The defending champion Bulldogs opened the four-team invitational with a 3-0 victory over Robert Morris and then posted a 3-2 win over Marshall in the final round. It marked the second straight year that the Bulldogs swept both matches in the Dayton Tournament. Host Dayton also completed the invitational with a 2-0 record, and the Flyers claimed the tournament crown based on goal differential (6-4). Earlier this fall, Butler won the Courtyard By Marriott East Classic, hosted by Louisville, with back-to-back victories over James Madison and Northeastern.
Butler is 8-3-3 in tournament play in three seasons under head coach Kelly Findley.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Butler placed four players on the All-Tournament Team at the Dayton Flyer Tournament, led by tournament scoring leader Frank Patano. Also selected to the 11-player honor squad were senior forward Eduardo Garcia, freshman back Matt Hedges and junior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman. Florian DeCamps of Dayton was named tournament MVP, and he was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ryan Handbury, Ben Murray, Tyler Picard and Randy Dennis. Rounding out the squad were Greg Walters and Kendal Sutton of Marshall and Matt Felice of Robert Morris.
Frank Patano has been named All-Tournament in five of Butler's last seven tournaments.
BULLDOG BITS: Senior Frank Patano led the Dayton Flyer Tournament in scoring with three goals and one assist (7 pts.). Patano has moved into sixth place on Butler's all-time list for scoring (71 points) and for goals scored (31). He's three goals shy of Michael Mariscalco, 1999-2002, in fifth place on Butler's all-time list...Frank Patano leads the Horizon League in scoring (15 pts.), goals (7) and game-winning goals. He recorded his fourth game-winner of the season with 9:44 remaining in Butler's victory over Marshall...Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman recorded his third shutout of the season and the fourth of his career to help the Bulldogs defeat Robert Morris in the opening round of the Dayton Flyer Tournament. Hegeman had four saves in the match...Nick Hegeman leads the Horizon League in goals against average (0.47) and in shutouts per game (0.75). He's second in the league in save percentage (.833)...The Bulldogs have posted five shutouts in seven matches this season, which is one more than the team had all of last season. Butler's school-record for shutouts is nine...Freshman Matt Hedges scored his first collegiate goal in Butler's victory over Robert Morris...Senior Eduardo Garcia and sophomore Ben Sippola are tied for second in the Horizon League in assists (3).