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Men’s soccer: game-winner beats Bulldogs

The Butler men’s soccer team looks to shake off a nail biting conference road match against nationally ranked Xavier.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first half of the match.  Xavier midfielder Andrew Jordan’s short shot to the right corner of the net at 42 minute ended the gridlock between both teams.  The goal was Jordan’s third of the season and gave the unbeaten and nationally-ranked Musketeers (9-0-2, 2-0 in A-10 play) a 1-0 advantage going into the locker room at halftime.

The two teams continued to battle through the first 30 minutes of the second half, before Butler’s Jordan Burt tied the match off an unassisted goal from 18 yards out in the 76minute of the game.

“I think the match really just came down to how you defend in your box and how you attack,” said head coach Paul Snape, “They were a bit better than us today,”

The game-winner by Xavier’s James Queree came in the 82 minute of the game; just five minutes after Butler had tied the match on a goal by junior Jordan Burt. Queree’s goal was fired from eight yards out on the left side of the goal.

“Our team is playing hard and moving the ball well, we just haven’t been able to really click on offense and then we end up making one or two costly mistakes in the back,” said senior co-captain Jared Isenthal, “We really felt we were the better team going into the game.”

Xavier finished with a slight 12-11 advantage in shots and a six-four edge in corner kicks.  Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson, coming off a career-high nine saves at Dayton, finished with five saves, including one up close in the closing minutes of the match.

“I thought we played really well, we just lost focus. Not once but twice. We did do well coming back from a goal down but sometimes a losing score isn’t what you want to see,” said Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson, “We really have to get it going for next week.”

The Bulldogs will open up their first home Atlantic 10 match on Friday, Oct. 12, against Richmond at the Butler Bowl.

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Women’s soccer: Bulldogs stay perfect in A-10

Women’s soccer: Bulldogs stay perfect in A-10

The Butler women’s soccer team will take on Richmond Friday, marking the Bulldogs’ first Atlantic 10 road match of the season.

The Bulldogs have started their inaugural season in the A-10 with a 2-0-1 record in conference play.

Butler has not lost a match since Sept. 7, winning five matches and tying one game in that timeframe.

The Bulldogs are 2-2 when traveling to an opponent’s pitch this season.

The Spiders are 6-7 overall and have gone 2-2 in A-10 matches. Richmond owns a 3-1 record on their home pitch season.

This past weekend, Butler (8-3-2, 2-0-1) squeaked out two overtime victories over the Dayton Flyers (9-4-0, 3-1-0) and Xavier Musketeers (6-7-1, 1-3-0), both at the Butler Bowl.

The Bulldogs were able to cap off a winning weekend when they defeated the Musketeers 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Butler was on the attack for most of the game, out-shooting Xavier 21-3.

Although they out-shot the Musketeers, the Bulldogs failed to secure the win in regulation time.

The game-winning goal came in the 98th minute when sophomore defender Kelly Mahoney drilled a back-post shot past the Xavier goalkeeper.

The win over Xavier came just two days after a 3-2 victory over Dayton.

The teams dealt with chilly weather and heavy rain all night.

Both teams were able to tally one goal in the first 14 minutes. The Flyers took the lead twice in the first half, but the Bulldogs were able to answer both times.

Freshman midfielder Sophie Maccagnone tied the game with a free kick skimming into the bottom left corner of the net a few minutes before halftime.

Neither team was able to pull away in the second half, sending the match into overtime.

Sophomore forward Elise Kotsakis scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute, her second tally of the season.

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Football: Dominates rival Valparaiso

The Butler football team remained undefeated in Pioneer League play as they defeated rival Valparaiso 56-17.

The Bulldogs (4-2, 3-0) were led by quarterback Matt Lancaster’s 246 yards and three touchdowns, as he played only the first half.

Lancaster finished the first half with a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver JT Mesch to give the Bulldogs a 42-3 lead over the Crusaders (0-5, 0-2) at the break.

Sophomore backup Wade Markley took over in the second half, throwing for 90 yards and one touchdown and completing eight of 14 pass attempts.

Running back Trae Heeter added three scores on the ground for Butler, all in the first nine minutes of the game.

Butler totaled 598 yards of total offense, with 336 passing yards combined between Lancaster and Markley. The Bulldogs rushed for 262 yards spread out with six different ball carriers.

Former quarterback Tom Judge caught four passes for a career high 114 yards at wide receiver.

The defense used three fumble recoveries, two of which were on the Crusaders’ first two possessions to hold their rival to just 263 yards of total offense.

Defensive back Sean Grady led the team with nine tackles, while Paul Yanow recorded eight.

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Volleyball: Team gets first conference win

Volleyball: Team gets first conference win

The Butler volleyball team is preparing to take on its next conference opponent, Saint Louis, after going 1-1 on the weekend and earning its first-ever Atlantic 10 conference win.

The Billikens (5-13, 0-4) are coming off a 15-12 record last year and a loss in the second round of the A-10 tournament to Xavier.

Saint Louis took back-to-back five-set losses against Duquesne and George Washington on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Butler (11-7, 1-3) fell to Duquesne (15-5, 4-0) three sets to one on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs won the first set by a score of 25-23, using multiple-point runs throughout the match to pull out the win.

The second set was similar to the first, except it was the Dukes who had success toward the end of the set.

With Butler leading 21-17, Duquesne would go on to take eight of the next 10 points to close out the set and send the teams into the third set tied.

In that set, the Bulldogs got into an 11-4 deficit, and were never able to recover. The Dukes won the third set 25-17 to put the Bulldogs on the brink of defeat.

With the score 15-15 in the fourth set, the Dukes rallied and went on a four point streak.

A few points later Butler senior Rachel Barber seemed to have a kill that was tipped by a Duquesne player. The officials ruled that it wasn’t tipped, to the dismay of the Bulldogs, and the Dukes then followed with an ace to force a Butler timeout.

Duquesne would eventually close out the set 25-19.

Junior Maggie Harbison led the Bulldogs with 15 kills, sophomore Brooke Ruffolo tallied 15 digs and junior Morgan Peterson and sophomore Erica Stahl each had four blocks.

The Bulldogs defeated George Washington (4-12, 1-2) three sets to none in Butler’s first home conference match of the season last Friday.

The Bulldogs came out strong and dominated the first set, winning by a score of 25-16.

Both teams traded for the lead several times in the second set. With Butler leading 21-20, Harbison served an ace to force a George Washington timeout.

The Colonials would bring the game to within one point again, but the Bulldogs took three of the next four points to close the set 25-22.

“It’s always great momentum to go in 2-0,” coach Sharon Clark said. “We worked on being aggressive throughout the match, and we had a few errors with that, but I’ll take that as long as we stay aggressive.”

In the third set, the Bulldogs started quickly. With Butler leading 21-16, George Washington would rally to cut the lead to one and force a Butler timeout.

Sophomore Belle Obert hit two kills to set up match point, and the Bulldogs got the win with a block by sophomores Stephanie Kranda and Stahl.

Clark said earning a victory in the second set was huge.

Clark also said that the crowd played a factor in the team’s victory.

“(The crowd) always helps,” Clark said. “The energy, the excitement about playing at home, that first conference match, we kind of ran with that, and that was great for us.”

Obert led the Bulldogs with 16 kills, junior Claire Randich had nine blocks, and Ruffolo had 18 digs.

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Men’s soccer: Bulldogs look forward to Ohio State

The Butler Men’s soccer team will begin a stretch of three consecutive matches in Ohio with a non-conference game at Ohio State tonight.

Since 1998, the Bulldogs and Buckeyes have played eight games with the Buckeyes leading the series with six wins and two losses against Butler. The two teams last met at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus, Ohio in a match on September 20, 2009.

The Bulldogs lost that game 2-1, breaking a four game win streak. But now three years later, the Bulldogs will travel once again to Columbus and head coach Paul Snape said feels good going in.

“Ohio State men’s soccer has a strong tradition of winning and they are better than their current record shows,” Snape said. “I expect it to be a physical game and a tactical battle. The boys are very excited to be playing at the famous Jesse Owens Stadium.”

After a loss and two ties, the Bulldogs finally grabbed a victory, rolling over Evansville 3-0. The win gave junior goalkeeper Jon Dawson his third shutout of the season and his second at home. Dawson said he is ready for the next step of this journey for the Bulldogs.

“We have really been clicking as a team and going to Columbus will be exactly what we need to continue our form this season,” Dawson said. “It’ll be a great game in a great environment.”

The younger players on this Bulldogs squad have seemed to step up under the leadership provided so far.

Freshman forward Jeff Atkins currently leads the Bulldogs with 6 points as the freshman has racked up two goals and two assists in the seven games he has played. Senior captain Jared Isenthal said he believes that this progress is moving the team in the right direction.

“After a great win last week, I believe this team is really coming together,” Isenthal said. “A strong week of preparation and practice has given us a good outlook forward as we go into playing a tough Big Ten opponent.”

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Cross Country: places 16th at Notre Dame

The Butler men’s and women’s cross country teams sent full squads to the 57th Annual Notre Dame Invitational this past weekend – or at least, they were supposed to.

The entirety of the nationally-ranked women’s team (No. 21) was scratched from the meet, in hopes of both keeping legs fresh and avoiding additional injuries, and a handful of guys from the men’s crew sat the race out.

The men’s squad that did make it up to Notre Dame placed 16th in a field of 20, suffering against No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 North Carolina State, and No. 14 Texas A&M, as well as seven other nationally-ranked teams.

“We had some bright spots,” said cross country coach Matt Roe. “And we had some spots where we could’ve done better.

“When your first guy doesn’t finish in a race like that, it’s just too much to overcome.”

Sophomore Tom Curr dropped out mid-way through the 8k course, putting sophomore Harry Ellis in position to be first finisher for the team. Ellis crossed the line in 41st place with a time of 24:25.

Freshman Erik Peterson was 64th with a time of 24:38, followed by senior Kevin Oblinger in 78th (24:47), junior Tom Anderson in 82nd (24:50), and senior Matt Proctor in 99th (25:02). Kodi Mullins and Chris Kelsey finished 123rd and 128th, respectively.

In the open race, junior Ross Clarke covered the course in 25:41, good for 10th place. Freshman Keigan Culler was steps behind in 14th (25:53), while junior Craig Jordan (26:41) placed 26th. Freshman Sage Kosiorek (26:56) was 29th.

As for the women, Roe said he made his decision to hold them out because of wanting to rest them this week.

“We didn’t feel like we needed to force it,” he said. “The meet we’re preparing for is the biggest of the year – that being said, the goal is to be running and running our best on the last day of the season, which is the national meet.”

Both teams will travel to Louisville for the NCAA Pre-National Meet on Oct. 13.

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Football: Bulldogs move to 2-0 in conference play

Football: Bulldogs move to 2-0 in conference play

Butler will play for a trophy next Saturday after upending rival Dayton 21-11 Saturday afternoon.

Junior running back Trae Heeter led the Bulldogs with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0) remain undefeated in Pioneer League play with the win. Butler has won three of four in the lifetime series with Dayton.

“From day one I was here, I always knew we’d be in a dogfight from the get-go against Dayton every year, and that’s what it was today,” redshirt junior defensive lineman Jeremy Stephens said.

Heeter put the game out of reach as he bounced off tacklers and went to the outside for an 80-yard touchdown on a third down  play with less than three minutes left in the game.

“They didn’t wrap up too well, so I kept my feet (moving) and hit it to the outside where there was room to run,” Heeter said.

Heeter injured his ankle after getting tangled up in a pile but said he is recovering well.

“It feels a lot better after that big win,” Heeter said.

Redshirt junior quarterback Matt Lancaster continued his dual-threat efficiency with 170 yards and one touchdown through the air.

Despite being sacked twice, he finished with 27 yards on the ground.

The Bulldogs have another rivalry game next Saturday as they travel to Valparaiso (0-4, 0-1). Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Coach Jeff Voris said the Crusaders will be eager to improve off their 42-14 loss to Butler last season.

“(We’re) going to get their best shot because it’s a rivalry game, and I know they’re much improved, from what I’ve read,” Voris said.

“It’s going to be every bit of what we had (Saturday) and more,” Voris said, “because of the passion of the game, the Hoosier Helmet Game.”

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Butler welcomes newest Hall of Fame inductees

Butler welcomes newest Hall of Fame inductees

On Saturday night, Butler inducted seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inductees were Clyde McEntire, Norman “Norm” Ellenberger, Lynn Schreiber Wallace, Charles “Chuck” Orban, Beth Christiansen Hutson, Fraser Thompson and James “Jim” McGrath.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” McGrath said. “To be recognized for doing your job is almost beyond the scope of belief.”

The Athletic Hall of Fame began in 1992 and a class has been inducted  every year since then.

The earliest athletes can be inducted is 10 years after their graduation, and for an athletics department inductee, a minimum of five years of service is required.

A maximum of five members are elected every year. Exceptions to this are honorary inductees, who qualify as  non-athletes, coaches or   posthumous inductees.

This year, out of the seven inductees, McGrath received an honorary induction, and McEntire was honored posthumously.

McEntire, who graduated in 1950, is only the second golfer to be inducted.

His score of 66 in the 1950 Mid-American Conference Championship is still a league and school record to this day. He also received medalist honors in the conference three times.

Ellenberger, who graduated in 1955, was a three-sport athlete.

He played under legendary coach Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle in  men’s basketball.

In football, he was the team captain and was named an All-Conference player. In baseball, he pitched one of five no-hitters in Butler baseball history.

Wallace, who graduated in 1979, was a two-sport athlete for all four of her years at Butler.

She played No. 1 singles and doubles for the women’s tennis team in addition to helping the women’s basketball team achieve an undefeated regular season in 1978.

Orban, who graduated in 1991, was a linebacker for the football team.

He still holds the record for the most career (487) and single-season (181) tackles.

He also won Butler Defensive MVP twice, third team All-American and led the team to three conference championships.

“I think the best way to put it is it’s the journey of what you experienced at Butler,” Orban said. “It’s recognition, but it’s not only recognition for me. It’s recognition for the people I was here with.”

Orban said his best memory was his sophomore year when his team made the playoffs.

“We were a young team. Nobody really picked us to do much, and we all played very well,” Orban said.  “It was so fun because everybody played together as a team.”

Hutson, who graduated in 1991, is one of two female athletes from Butler to earn the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor.

Her total blocks, aces and hitting percentage place her second in school history.

In 1988, Hutson and the Butler volleyball team compiled a 29-7 record, the best in school history.

“This university is an amazing place, and I’m incredibly honored,” Hutson said.

Thompson, who graduated in 2000, was a track and cross country runner from Melbourne, Australia.

He received several NCAA honors, including All-American and All-Conference in both sports and the Coleman Medal of Honor.

McGrath has worked 31 years with Butler and has been involved with media relations for over 3,000 Butler athletic events.

“I’ve devoted 31 years of my life to this university, and you don’t do that unless it’s a really special place, and Butler has been just that,” said McGrath. “To get an honor like this from Butler means the world to me.

“The thing that I will remember the most is the athletes,” McGrath said. “We’ve had such a high-caliber group of great individuals come through Butler University.”

Athletes are nominated by former Butler athletes. The nominees are then reviewed by the B-Association Hall of Fame Committee, which is made up of five or six members of the B-Association Board of Directors.

The B-Association is the alumni association for all former Butler athletes.

“To have the opportunity to be recognized by your peers and other former Butler student athletes is a great honor,” Bill Lynch, associate athletic director for development, said.

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Football team downs rival Flyers

The Butler football team upended rival Dayton 21-11 Saturday afternoon behind 159 yards and two touchdowns from running back Trae Heeter.

The Bulldogs (3-2 overall) remained undefeated at 2-0 in Pioneer League play. Butler has won three of four in the series with Dayton.

“From day one I was here, I always knew we’d be in a dogfight from the get go against Dayton every year, and that’s what it was today,” defensive lineman Jeremy Stephens said.

Butler led the Flyers (1-4, 0-2) 7-3 until Heeter scored his first touchdown on a long run late in the third quarter.

Dayton cut the lead to 14-11, but Heeter sealed the game for the Bulldogs as he bounced off tacklers and went to the outside for an 80-yard touchdown on third down with under 3:00 left in the game..

“They didn’t wrap up too well, so I kept my feet [moving] and hit it to the outside where there was room to run,” Heeter said.

Quarterback Matt Lancaster continued his dual-threat efficiency with 170 yards and one touchdown through the air. Despite being sacked twice for 25 negative yards, he finished with 27 yards on the ground, including a 28-yard run.

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Atherton looks to provide quality

Many students at Butler University frequent the Atherton Union Marketplace and may know little about the food they are putting in their mouths.

Photos by Jaclyn McConnell

Atherton offers food to students every day, but where does this food come from? How is it prepared? How can students find nutrition information on the food?

Ed Campbell, manager at Atherton Marketplace, said the food comes from multiple sources.

“We buy 90 percent of our food from Sysco International Food, Inc.,” he said. “We buy all of our produce from Piazza Produce, which is here locally, and from them, we are purchasing local produce when possible.”

Campbell said Sysco delivers three times a week, and the produce comes in six times a week.

Campbell said the menu varies.

“It’s a four-week menu cycle, so we repeat after four weeks,” he said, “but every four weeks we are tweaking the menu based on customer reaction.”

Michelle Bryant-Jones, director of dining services, said in an email that Atherton does not use trans fat or MSG in its foods.

According to msgtruth.org, MSG is a salt of the amino acid glutamic acid that is put in food to trick your tongue into thinking the food is high in protein and nutritious.

“All of our meals are made in- house,” Bryant-Jones said. “We have several certified culinary chefs on staff, as well as associates that we give on-the-job training to dissect and prepare recipes for our students.”

Campbell said a nutritionist is not consulted in the process of choosing the food and that it is each student’s responsibility to make wise choices.

Freshman Kelly Murphy visits the dining hall often.

“It’s definitely not fine dining, but it’s food that’s edible,” Murphy said.

Freshman Mariah Sells said she would like to see healthy choices available all the time.

Students who eat at Atherton can be more conscientious of the nutrition of the food by checking out the dining service website or downloading the free app called CampusDish.

“It’s a great little tool,” Campbell said. “The one pitfall for this is the fact that the nutritional content is based on suggested serving size.”

The free app is available for iPhones and Androids. Students can download the app and then select Butler University.

Nutrition information and serving sizes for meals at Atherton are available and can be a resource for students to be more knowledgeable about what they are eating.

With the new addition to Atherton opening on Sept. 27, students may have more vegetable and meat options when it comes to nutritious food.

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