April 5, 1998
#19 Men's Lacrosse Drops 6-5 Decision at #15 Butler
Indianapolis, Ind. - The 19th-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team suffered its fourth setback in five games as the Irish dropped a 6-5 decision at #15 Butler in a Great Western Lacrosse League matchup.
Michael Nicolosi and D'Arcy Sweet each tallied twice in helping the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-2, 1-0 in the GWLL, to their first-ever win in six tries against the Irish. The loss also was the first for the Irish in GWLL league action since dropping a 14-13 decision to Michigan State on May 1, 1992 as Notre Dame had won 21 straight in league action.
Jimmy Keenan led the Irish, who fell to 4-4 on the season, 2-1 in the GALL, with a goal and three assists.
Ben Savage scored the game's first goal off a Keenan assist with 10:41 left in the first quarter. Butler tallied three times in the second quarter and shutout out the Irish offense as the Bulldogs held a 3-1 advantage at intermission.
Nicolosi got Butler on the scoreboard with 10:38 remaining in the quarter as he took a feed from Cory Kahoun and then Sweet netted his first goal 27 seconds to give the Bulldogs the lead for good with 10:11 left in the second quarter. Nicolosi netted Butler's final goal of the quarter with 1:31 left.
Both teams scored twice in the third quarter. Keenan cut the deficit to 3-2 just 1:01 into the second half, but Kevin Owens responded for the Bulldogs with a goal at the 11:26 mark.
Freshman Todd Ulrich teamed with twin brother David for his third goal of the season with 9:48 remaining in the third quarter to cut the lead to 4-3. Butler, however, scored its fifth goal of the game with 46 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 advantage after three quarter.
Chris Dusseau tallied his first score of the game with 10:09 remaining in the contest off a Keenan assist to once again pull the Irish to within one goal at 5-4, but Butler responded when Sweet netted his second tally of the game just 22 seconds later.
Burke Hayes finished off the scoring for the Irish as he scored with 53 seconds left in the contest.
Alex Cade finished with 14 saves in goal for Notre Dame.
The Irish return to action on Saturday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas.