COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's lacrosse team tallied a dominant 15-0 victory over Defiance on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium.
Freshman attack Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) got the scoring going early for the Crusaders, finding the back of the net just three and a half minutes into the first period for the initial goal of the game. Classmate in midfielder Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) then tacked on the Crusaders' second goal of the afternoon, coming on a man-up goal, assisted by Hess.
Neither team managed to score the remainder of the first quarter, as Capital took a slim 2-0 advantage into the second period.
The second quarter featured an impressive scoring run for the Crusaders, as they tallied nine goals on 16 shots.
Freshman midfielder Travis Massey (Delaware, Ohio) jump started the Crusaders scoring at the 13:18 mark of the second period, scoring off an assist by classmate in midfielder Parker Marsch (Galena, Ohio).
Fellow freshman Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio) and Marsch then posted back-to-back unassisted scores, with Simon's coming on a man-up opportunity.
Massey tallied his second goal of the quarter following an assist by freshman midfielder Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio), while Marsch followed with back-to-back goals, one on a man-up opportunity at the 5:07 mark, while the other came just under two minutes later on an assist from Simon.
Walton added to the Crusaders advantage with 2:53 left in the first half of play, as freshman defender Tate Stover found him for the score.
Davide and freshman midfielder Michael Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio) then capped off the Crusaders first half scoring run, tallying a goal apiece in the final two minutes of play, with Trefethern's goal coming off an assist by Walton.
At the half, Capital led the Yellow Jackets 11-0, while holding a distinct advantage in shots at 35-1.
As the second half of play unfolded, Simon found Walton for his third goal of the afternoon, giving Capital its first score of the final half at the 11:42 mark of the third quarter.
Davide and Simon each scored a goal apiece in the final 5:14 of the third frame, as the Crusaders took a 14-0 lead into the final period.
Marsch found Massey for the lone goal of the fourth period, as the Crusaders tallied their first shutout in program history.
Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lubbock, Tx.) picked up his third win of the season in goal, while fellow freshman goalies Ryan Chamberlain (Lebanon, Ohio) and Hogan Miller (Granville, Ohio) combined for the second half shutout, as Chamberlain recorded two saves in 24:31 of work in the net.
A total of three Crusaders tallied three goals on the afternoon, while two others recorded a pair of their own scores.
In total, the Crusaders forced the Yellow Jackets into 46 turnovers, 10 of which were caused by Stover. Freshman defender Sawyer Mack (Dublin, Ohio) also was a key contributor on defense, recording six caused turnovers of his own in the victory.
With the win, Capital (3-1 overall) is now set to wrap up its two-game home stand this coming Saturday, as they play host to Alfred St. (N.Y.) at 1 p.m.