The following is the latest installment in an occasional series about the progress of standout local student-athletes who have gone on to succeed at the next level in their college careers.
BERLIN- Former Worcester Prep lacrosse standout Justin Butler had a big impact on a game last week between Randolph-Macon team and Goucher, scoring two late goals to complete a remarkable comeback for his team.
Butler, who started all four years at Worcester, is now a junior at Randolph-Macon and continues to make his mark on the program at the Virginia school. Butler was Rookie of the Year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as a freshman in 2011 after scoring 25 goals. As a sophomore last season, Butler played in all 17 games and recorded nine goals and dished out 13 assists.
This season, Butler has gotten off to a fast start, scoring six goals and three assists through Randolph-Macon’s first five games, three of which came during a dramatic comeback against Goucher last week. Butler scored his first goal with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2, but his biggest scores came at the end of the contest.
Goucher took a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter and quickly scored to make it 8-5 before Randolph-Macon began to rally. After his team cut the lead to 8-7, Butler scored an unassisted goal with 5:37 left in the contest to tie the game at 8-8. With just 2:48 left in the game, Butler again scored an unassisted goal to give Randolph-Macon the lead, which stood up for the 9-8 win.