COLUMBUS – Make it three straight victories for the Capital University men's lacrosse team, as they defeated Alfred State 8-5 on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Bernlohr Stadium.
With the Pioneers leading 1-0 on a late goal scored in the final seconds of the opening period, freshman midfielder Travis Massey (Delaware, Ohio) took advantage of a man-up opportunity, tying the game at one goal apiece on an assist by classmate and midfielder Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) at the 9:45 mark of the second quarter.
Neither team managed to score the remainder of the half, as stellar defense by the Crusaders led to a total of 20 turnovers on the Pioneers in the opening half of play. Capital also held a 25-7 shot advantage through the first 30 minutes of play.
The beginning of the second half proved to be yet another scoring run for the Crusaders, as freshman attack Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) gave Capital its first lead of the game on an unassisted score at the 10:36 mark of the third period.
Following another goal by the Pioneers, the Crusaders retaliated with two unanswered goals in the final 3:08 of the third quarter, as Walton posted back-to-back scores of his own, with the second coming off a man-up goal assisted by fellow freshman and attack Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio).
With a 4-2 lead heading into the final period, the Crusaders again recorded back-to-back goals to open the fourth quarter, as Massey scored his second goal of the game on assist from freshman defender Adam Thomas (Powell, Ohio), while the other score came off a man-up goal from freshman midfielder Parker Marsch (Galena, Ohio), with Simon picking up his second assist of the afternoon.
Alfred State then responded with back-to-back goals of its own, cutting the deficit to 6-4, but Capital's offense proved to be too much to handle as they tallied two straight goals in the span of two minutes late in the fourth quarter.
Simon picked up assist number three and four on Walton's third goal and Hess's second score, sealing the Crusaders victory.
Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lubbock, Tx.) again posted a solid outing in the net for the Crusaders, earning his third straight victory, improving to 4-1 in goal on the season.
Capital's defense was again solid in the win, as the likes of Marsch, Stover, and Thomas, along with freshmen defenders Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio), Kyle Margolies (Delaware, Ohio), and Sawyer Mack (Dublin, Ohio), combined for 23 of the Crusaders 31 caused turnovers on the afternoon.
With the win, Capital (4-1 overall) opens up its first road trip of the season as they travel to Hiram this coming Tuesday for a 7 p.m. faceoff in Hiram, Ohio.