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.
#2: Hines and O'Callaghan Collect 200th Career Goals Just Hours Apart
March 24, 2018 will undoubtedly go down as not only one of the top moments from this past year but as one of the landmark days in the histories of two Capital programs. Seniors Kara Hines of Cap Women's Lacrosse and Brennan O'Callaghan of the men's lacrosse team had already left their marks all over the Capital records well before the games on March 24. Both were already the leading goal scorers in their respective program's histories but that day, each one peached the 200 career goal plateaus, the first to do so at Capital.
Hines, by virtue of a 1 p.m. game, became the first Crusader in school history to achieve the milestone. The Columbus native entered the game against John Carroll University that afternoon with 197 career markers and she quickly slotted two home to pull her total to 199. With 5:11 left to go in the opening period, Hines notched her third of the day with a rifle shot from the top of the arc to make history. The senior finished the game with four goals.
While Hines got her milestone out of the way early, O'Callaghan earned his towards the end of the third quarter later that night. In a rematch of the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference championship, O'Callaghan also took the field against the Blue Streaks with 197 career scores. After burying two in the second quarter, the attacker from West Chester scored the landmark goal on a wrap-around shot from behind the goal with three minutes left in the third period. O'Callaghan also finished with four goals in the game.
Both Hines and O'Callaghan graduated as the school's leading scorers in their sports and with a host of other accolades. Hines finished the 2018 season with 56 goals and 66 points and was named the OAC's Midfielder of the Year. She also earned a spot on the IWLCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, was named Academic All-OAC and was one of Capital's Clyde Lamb Award winners. O'Callaghan was named the 2018 OAC Offensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Region by the IMLCA. Hines and O'Callaghan were also both named First Team All-OAC.
Honorable mention: O'Callaghan Signs with Ohio Machine Practice Squad
Following the conclusion of O'Callaghan's senior season, the West Chester native made sure that the end of his Capital career wasn't the end of his lacrosse career by taking the next step; making a move to Major League Lacrosse. On June 7, the defending MLL champion Ohio Machine announced that O'Callaghan had signed to join the team's practice squad for the remainder of the 2018 season. O'Callaghan practiced with the team and took part in pregame warmups with the first team players, staying ready in the event he was called up to the active roster.
"It was a surreal moment," O'Callaghan said at the time of his signing. "Coach [Dom] Marzano hinted it could happen but it is one of those things that until it happens you don't believe it. Even when I was there at (the first) practice I thought that it was a crazy moment. To suit up with these guys that are All-Americans, members of Team USA, it is just an incredible experience and I am just trying to take in the moment as much as possible."
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 - Dixie Jeffers Hits an Incredible Milestone with 700th Career Victory -- link
Moment #3 - One Day, Two All-Americans. Coon and Allison Come Up Big! -- link
Moment #2 - Hines and O'Callaghan Collect 200th Career Goals Just Hours Apart -- link
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
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