By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five 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.
Top Moment #3: Capital Football Makes Final Stand to Seal Win over Rival Otterbein
A rivalry win is sweet but what can make it sweeter? How about stuffing your opponent at the goal line to prevent the winning score as time expired? As it turns out, that is exactly how Capital Football took care of its business against the Otterbein University Cardinals this year back in late October by a final score of 23-19.
On a cool and rainy day that limited both offenses, each score proved crucial in deciding the ultimate outcome. Heading into the fourth quarter, Capital was clinging to a 16-13 lead before the Cardinals edged ahead with a touchdown at the 5:13 mark. A missed PAT made the score 19-16 but a 12-play, 81-yard drive capped off by a 31-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Wibbeler to Dartavious Stanford put the Crusaders back in the lead with only 55 seconds remaining in the game.
Following a squib kick that gave Otterbein the ball at midfield, the Cardinals began their potential game-winning drive with a short field. A pair of quick completions set up a 34-yard catch for the Cardinals that took them to the two-yard line. After a timeout and incompletion, the Cardinals believed they set up a game-winning play with a sweep to the left side of the field. However, senior cornerback Jordan Duncan read the play from the beginning and burst into the backfield to trip up the Otterbein runner and limit the Cardinals to only a yard on the attempt.
Both teams then took timeouts with eight seconds remaining and the game on the line before Otterbein quarterback Bryce Hall took his place under center for the final play where snap was mishandled by Hall and dropped. Hall hit the deck trying to scoop the ball and advance it but Capital's defense swarmed the line of scrimmage and prevented the Cardinals from gaining the one yard they needed to escape with a win.
As soon as the referees blew the play dead as time expired, Capital's players on the field and on the sideline exploded and the large group of travelling fans erupted before the groups joined to celebrate together and sing "Pride of the Purple."
Not only was the win over Capital's biggest rival but it was the first win of the season for the Crusaders and it kicked off a three-game winning streak to end the season on a high note.
Honorable Mention: Women's Lacrosse Advances to Third OAC Title Game in Four Years by Beating Baldwin Wallace
Capital University Women's Lacrosse's season also ended with a connection to the number three, as in the Crusaders advanced their third OAC Tournament Championship game in four years by beating Baldwin Wallace University 16-12 in early May. The Yellow Jackets scored first and then held a 2-1 lead but a five-goal run by the Crusaders gave Capital a 6-2 lead midway through the first half. Baldwin Wallace closed the gap and the end of the half but the Crusaders still took a three-goal lead into the break.
In the second half, the two sides each traded blows and went on three-goal runs but Capital outscored BW 8-7 to ice the game. Junior Kat Walton led Capital with five goals and two assists while Makenna Ozenghar and Brooke Delara chipped in with four goals and an assists and three scores and two helpers, respectively. Capital's regular presence in the conference championship game has solidified the team's place in the top tier of OAC programs after just six short years.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link
Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link
Moment #5 - Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll -- link
Moment #4 - Hayslett's Remarkable Day On and Off the Diamond Defines #D3Life -- link
Moment #3 – Capital Football Makes Final Stand to Seal Win over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #2 - Monday, July 15
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17