By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#5: Walton's Last-Minute Goal Sends Cap Women's Lax to OAC Championship
At the halfway point in our countdown, we truly have a moment in time that will stand out when people remember Capital Women's Lacrosse's historic 2018 season. Clutch, skillful and needed, Kathryn Walton's game-winning goal with just 37 seconds left in the OAC tournament semifinals game against John Carroll University not only sent the Crusaders to the championship game for the second time in the program's five-year history but it also avenged one of the team's two losses to that point. Walton set scoring records in her sophomore season but none was more memorable than this one.
Earlier in the season, Capital and John Carroll played a tightly-contested overtime match that ended with the Blue Streaks on top 12-11. This time around, in University Heights, the Crusaders were determined not to suffer the same fate. Capital held five leads over the first 50 minutes of the game but John Carroll battled back each time. The Crusaders led 11-9 with 8:28 to play but the Blue Streaks tied the game at 11 with only 1:54 left to play. The game appeared to be heading to overtime again before Walton worked her magic.
With less than a minute to go, the sophomore from Pickerington began Capital's last-ditch effort to end the game in regulation by running down the sideline before darting to the middle from the right side. Regan Hanood then found Walton on her run and placed a pass right on the mark and Walton whipped a strike past John Carroll's goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Capital held on to that 12-11 lead for the final 30 seconds, beating JCU with the same score as the first game between the two.
The goal was Walton's third of the game and the 63rd of Walton's 66 in 2018, a new single-season Capital record.
Honorable mention: Thomas Wibbeler and Dar Stanford tie records for Capital Football on Homecoming against Otterbein
In a back-and-forth shootout against the rival Otterbein University Cardinals on Homecoming, two Crusaders put forth record-tying performances for the packed crowd in Bernlohr Stadium. Junior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler let it fly all afternoon, finishing the game with 399 passing yards and a record-tying six touchdown passes. Three of those touchdown dimes found the hands of junior wide receiver Dartavious Stanford, tying the record for most touchdown catches in a single game. Stanford caught nine balls that afternoon for 140 yards. FOr teh season, Wibbeler threw for 2,813 yards and connected on 29 touchdown passes to only nine interceptions. Stanford was the recipient of 12 of those scores and 1,119 yards. Stanford was named First Team All-OAC for his efforts and Wibbeler earned a spot on the conference's Second Team.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #5 - Walton's Last-Minute Goal Sends Cap Women's Lax to OAC Championship -- link
Moment #4 - Monday, July 16
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23