Our next top moment has a little backstory to it. Back in early April, Cap Men's Lacrosse took in a tough loss to Baldwin Wallace, 10-4, on the road. Granted, the Yellow Jackets had one of the best defense in the NATION, but that makes part two of this saga that much better!
Top Moment #3: Cap Men's Lax Gets Retribution Over BW, Advances to OAC Championship
After finishing the regular season with a very respectable 6-2 conference record, Cap earned the third seed in the OAC Tournament. The Crusaders would be matched up with the second-seeded Yellow Jackets and set up for a return trip to Berea.
What happened next was unforeseen by many.
Capital opened up with three unanswered goals to begin the game, something that had not happened to Baldwin Wallace all season long. With a fast-paced offense that kept pushing the Yellow Jackets to the brink, Cap went on to take a 5-1 lead by the midway point of the second quarter, matching what opposing offenses averaged against BW over the course of an entire game!
Goals started coming in from a variety of players with Ted Crites scoring three in the first half, Brent Walton scoring a pair, and the trio of Barrett Naugle, Brennan O'Callaghan and C.J. Hughes accounting for one goal each. With a 9-3 advantage at half, the game was well in hand.
The second half showed a major slowdown, but the Yellow Jackets had zero offensive answer to the Cap defense, led by the stellar goaltending of Cole Palmby. Baldwin Wallace tried its hand at a quick-strike offense, but Palmby made multiple saves in the opening minutes and throughout the third quarter to keep the hosts off the board. O'Callaghan then went on to record a hat trick in a single quarter with three in the fourth, sealing the deal and advancing Cap to its second OAC championship game in three years.
Baldwin Wallace had not surrendered more than nine goals before that game, and that performance was by an NCAA Division I team (Cleveland State). Cap's 12-4 road win was not just a great act of retribution for its earlier loss to BW, but also a major statement to the type of offense the team is capable of putting on the field on any given day.
Honorable Mention: Brennan O'Callaghan becomes first Cap Laxer to achieve 200 career points!
On April 14, 2017, Brennan O'Callaghan became the first Cap lacrosse player, male or female, to achieve 200 career points. Cap took to the road against Mount Union, and O'Callaghan entered the contest with 196 points, 39 on the season. By the end of the first quarter, "OC" hit the double millennial mark! On the same goal that made for his XX hat trick of the season, O'Callaghan achieved 200 points. He went on to score three more goals and one more assist before the day ended as part of Cap's 18-3 win over the Purple Raiders.
Next week is the final week for our Top Moments of 2016-17, so brace yourselves! What will moments number one and two be? Find out beginning next Monday, July, 10.
Previous Top Moments of 2016-17
#10: Women's Golf Rewrites Record Book at Purple & White Invite -- link
#9: Men's Golf Wins First Tournament in Nearly Five Years -- link
#8: Logan Allison Breaks Two School Records on the Same Day! -- link
#7: Hines, Wilson Preserve Win Over Kenyon as Cap Sets Program Winning Streak Record -- link
#6: Men's Soccer Builds Season-best 10-Game Win Streak / 14-Game Unbeaten Streak -- link
#5: Down to the Last Play, Football Defeats BW in Double OT -- link
#4: Martinelli's 10 Ks Clinch Postseason Spot for Softball -- link