INDIANAPOLIS – The end of the 2013 regular season is quickly approaching as the Bulldogs end the year with two road games. Butler will play at Creighton on Saturday, Oct. 26 before finishing the season the following Saturday with a match at No. 17 Marquette on Nov. 2. The Bulldogs are currently in fifth place in the BIG EAST standings.
About Butler (10-5-2, 3-4 BIG EAST)
The Bulldogs will try to even their BIG EAST conference record at 4-4 this weekend with a match at Creighton. Butler recorded a win on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout victory over Xavier on Oct. 20. Sophia Maccagnone drilled a shot to the far post to beat the keeper for the only score of the game and Julie Burton helped the Bulldog defense close the door as she recorded her sixth shutout of the season including her first against a BIG EAST opponent.
Burton has logged over 1,200 minutes in goal for Butler this season. The senior posts a goals against average of 0.78, allowing just 11 goals while recording a team-high 39 saves. She is 9-3-2 overall through 14 games. Olivia Colosimo, Kelly Mahoney, Serina Kashimoto bolster a defensive unit that hasn't allowed more than one goal since Oct. 3 when nationally-ranked Georgetown posted three.
Maccagnone and junior forward Elise Kotsakis lead the Butler offensive attack as each student-athlete has fired over 50 shots this season. Kotsakis leads the team with four game-winning goals as Maccagnone connected on her third against Xavier. Maccagnone is also tied for the team lead in assists (7) along with junior midfielder Stephanie Kaylor.
Scouting Creighton (9-6-1, 2-4-1 BIG EAST)
The Bluejays host a pair of matches to end the 2013 regular season. Creighton will face Butler at Morrison Stadium on Saturday before hosting Xavier next weekend. The Jays are currently on a three-match skid with losses vs. DePaul, Villanova and Georgetown. The Blue Demons recorded an overtime road win over Creighton on Oct. 12 and the Jays most recently took a 2-0 loss at Nova followed by a 4-0 setback at No. 15 Georgetown.
The talented duo of Kirstyn Corder and Jill Richgels create opportunities for the Creighton offense as Corder enters the weekend with a team-high seven goals and Richgels serves as the assist leader with six. The Jays lost a highly efficient offensive weapon early in the year as Lauren Cingoranelli has been sidelined since late September. Cingoranelli had three goals and four assists through the first eight games of the season.
Danielle Rice will be the goalkeeper for Creighton on Saturday, having started in all 16 games for the Jays this season. Rice has 91 saves and holds a goals against average of 1.37. She is 9-6-1 overall with four shutouts. The Jays are 6-2 at home with a 3-4-1 away record. The team has 20 second half goals compared to just 12 in the opening 45 minutes.
Butler holds a 3-1 advantage over Creighton in the all-time series. The last meeting between the two programs was held back during the 1998 season as the two teams faced off on a neutral field in the Tulsa Hurricane Classic. The Bulldogs won the match by the final score of 2-1.
The Bulldogs picked up additional wins with a 2-1 victory in the first-ever meeting during the 1992 season and a lop-sided 5-1 home win over the Bluejays in 1994. Creighton's lone win over Butler came in overtime as the Jays defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 in 1993.
BIG EAST Standings
1) #17 Marquette, 7-0-0 BIG EAST, 14-3-0 Overall
2) #15 Georgetown, 5-1-1 BIG EAST, 13-1-2 Overall
3) DePaul, 4-2-1 BIG EAST, 10-3-2 Overall
4) Villanova, 3-3-1 BIG EAST, 6-7-3 Overall
5) Butler, 3-4-0 BIG EAST, 10-5-2 Overall
6) St. John's, 2-3-2 BIG EAST, 8-4-3 Overall
7) Seton Hall, 3-4-0 BIG EAST, 5-9-2 Overall
8) Creighton, 2-4-1 BIG EAST, 9-6-1 Overall
9) Providence, 2-5-0 BIG EAST, 5-8-3 Overall
10) Xavier, 1-6-0 BIG EAST, 8-7-1 Overall
Team National Rankings
Assists – 41st
Goals-Against Average – 115th
Points – 99th
Scoring Offense – 152nd
Shutout % - 123rd
Win % - 75th
RPI – 66th
Individual National Rankings
Assists Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 75th
Assists Per Game: Stephanie Kaylor, 75th
Total Assists: Sophia Maccagnone, 34th
Total Assists: Stephanie Kaylor, 34th
Total Goals: Sophia Maccagnone, 65th
Total Points: Sophia Maccagnone, 41st
Goals Against Average: Julie Burton, 54th
Ready… Aim… Fire!
Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone took 11 shots at Bowling Green on Saturday, Aug. 31 moving her into a tie for fourth place all-time for most shots taken in a single match.
Kaylor from the Corner
Junior midfielder Stephanie Kaylor is a weapon for Butler offensively as she enters the weekend tied for the team lead with seven assists. Her single-season assist total moves her into a tie for seventh all-time at Butler. The junior is also tied for seventh all-time in the career record book with 16 assists.
Sophia Maccagnone has put together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (9), assists (7) points (25), shots (82), and shots on goal (31). Her season shot total now places her in a tie for fifth all-time at Butler for most shots taken in a single-season.
Senior Eyes Shutout Record
Julie Burton was just one shutout away from tying the Butler single-season record last year as she ended her junior campaign with seven. Burton is making a run at the record again this season as she currently has six shutouts moving her career total to 14.
The senior moved into sole possession of second place in career shutouts at Butler after a 1-0 win over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 15. Her most recent shutout came on Sunday, Oct. 20 as the Bulldogs blanked Xavier 1-0 to earn their 10th win of the season. The career shutout record his held by E.B. Larson who closed out her career (1995-98) with 23.5.
Burton While at Butler
Julie Burton has put together a fantastic four-year career at Butler leaving her name in the all-time record book in many different categories. Burton is now second all-time with 3,856 goalkeeper minutes and she recently moved just one save behind Julie Murphy ('91-'92) on the all-time career saves list with 137. She ranks seventh all-time in the category with two regular season games left.
Burton has a chance to break the all-time career goals against average record set by Katie Sanders ('01-'04) who ended her career at 1.00. Burton heads into the final two weekends of the season with a GAA of 1.03.
Kotsakis Reaches 200 Career Shots
Junior Elise Kotsakis has taken 51 shots on the year giving her a career total of 201. Kotsakis now sits in fourth place all-time at Butler in the career record book. She took 75 shots during both her freshman and sophomore season. She will try to break the career shot record of 280 held by Joy Aschenbrener who played at Butler from 1995-98.
The Bulldogs have just one regular season match left on the 2013 schedule. The team will play at Marquette in the regular season finale on Nov. 2. The BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals will begin on Nov. 5.