Men's Lacrosse Proves Victorious in Inaugural Game

The Crusaders were victorious in their inaugural varsity men's lacrosse game on Saturday. (Jeff Mills photo).
The Crusaders were victorious in their inaugural varsity men's lacrosse game on Saturday. (Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS – An impressive 13-4 victory over Franciscan for the Capital University men's lacrosse team in the program's first-ever varsity game on Saturday.

Freshman Michael Trefethern (Canton, Ohio) scored the first goal of the game just under four minutes into play, as an assist from classmate Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) got the Crusaders on the scoreboard early.

The Crusaders went on to tally seven unanswered goals in the contest, outscoring the Barons 8-0 in the opening half.

Among the goal scorers in the first half was freshman Travis Massey (Delaware, Ohio), scoring his first goal of the season at the eight minute mark on an assist by Trefethern, while Walton tallied his initial goal of the season on a man-up goal just 45 seconds later on assist by fellow freshman Parker Marsch (Galena, Ohio).

Marsch and Walton then reversed roles on the scoring opportunity for the Crusaders, as Marsch posted his first goal on the year, while Walton recorded his second assist on the afternoon.

Just over two minutes into the second quarter, it was Marsch again who found the back of the net for Capital, as Trefethern picked up his second assist of the game, while freshman Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) scored just over twenty seconds later on an assist by Massey, extending the Crusaders lead to 6-0 with 12:35 remaining in the opening frame.

Freshman Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio) also notched his first goal of the season in the opening half, scoring the man-up goal on an assist by classmate Adam Thomas (Powell, Ohio). Trefethern followed with his second goal on an assist by freshman Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio), serving as the final goal of the first half for the Crusaders, as they took an 8-0 lead into halftime.

In the first half, Capital outshot Franciscan 24-7, while also forcing 11 turnovers on the Barons.

The first six minutes of the second half featured two additional goals for the Crusaders, as Massey found Marsch for his third goal of the game, followed by Davide being on the receiving end of a goal on a Trefethern's third assist.

Franciscan then broke a 43 minute scoring drought at the 1:36 mark in the third quarter, as they tallied back-to-back goals to end the opening period of the second half, narrowing their deficit to 10-2 heading into the final quarter.

Another goal by the Barons served as the opening of the fourth quarter, before Simon recorded his first assist, finding Trefethern for his third goal on the afternoon at the 9:51 mark.

A goal by the Barons followed, along with Walton's second and third goals of the game, assisted by Hess and fellow freshman Nathan Atkin (LaGrange, K.y.), respectively, en route to a nine point win.

Marsch, Trefethern and Walton all tied for a game-high three goals in the contest, while they shot a combined 9-23 on the afternoon. Trefethern also tallied three assists on the game, while Massey and Walton recorded a pair of their own assists as well.

A total of nine Crusaders posted at least one assist on the afternoon on a total of 13 goals scored. For the game, the Crusaders outshot the Barons 51-16, while converting on 17-21 faceoffs on the game.

With the win, Capital (1-0 overall) is now set to open up a two-game road trip when they travel to Hiram this coming Wednesday for a 4 p.m. faceoff.