BETHANY, W.Va. – The Capital University men's lacrosse team notched its fifth straight victory following a dominant 20-8 defeat of Franciscan in a non-conference affair on Saturday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Franciscan University, but was moved to Bethany College as a result of unsafe field conditions following inclement weather.
Franciscan initiated the scoring late in the opening period, before freshman Parker Marsch (Galena, Ohio) evened the score at 1-1 on an unassisted man-down goal with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Following a 1-1 tie after one period, Marsch gave the Crusaders a their first lead of the game less than one minute into the second quarter, scoring on an unassisted man-up goal. The goal served as the first of Capital's seven unanswered goals to open the second period.
Freshman Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) then found the back of the net for his first score of the contest on an assist from classmate Travis Massey (Delaware, Ohio), before Massey switched roles on an unassisted goal at the 12:20 mark.
Just under forty seconds later, freshman Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) recorded his first goal of the game on an unassisted shot, while fellow freshman Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio) tallied back-to-back scores of his own off a man-down and man-up goal, respectively, with the first coming off an assist by classmate Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio).
Simon then returned the favor to Hess at the 4:47 mark of the second period, giving Hess his second goal on the afternoon.
A pair of goals by the Barons in the final 1:41 of the opening half was split by a man-up goal by Marsch from Massey, as Capital took a solid 9-3 lead into halftime.
As the second half of play unfolded, Simon jump started the Crusaders offense less than 20 seconds into the third quarter, scoring his third goal of the game off an assist by freshman Michael Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio).
Franciscan then traded goals with Capital over the next three scores, as Hess found Simon for his fourth goal of the game at the 13:34 mark. Trefethern and Walton then added a pair of goals to the Crusaders lead 31 seconds apart from one another, as Davide and Simon served as the assist-men, respectively.
The Barons followed recording back-to-back goals in the final 4:15 of the third period, cutting their deficit to 13-7, before Walton iced the quarter with back-to-back unassisted scores in the final 2:10 of the period.
Capital opened the final quarter with five unanswered goals, as Massey tallied three more scores, with Walton and Simon recording the other two scores. Four of those final five goals come off assists from two by Simon and one by Hess and Davide.
Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lubbock, Tx.) tallied his sixth win in goal on the season in the victory.
Through each half, the Crusaders outscored the Barons 9-3 in the first half and 11-5 in the second frame. In total, the Barons committed nine penalties as opposed to Capital's mark of three, forcing Franciscan to serve a total of seven minutes of penalty time throughout the entire contest.
With the win, Capital (6-1 overall) is scheduled for its next matchup this coming Wednesday at Bethany (W.Va.) for a 7 p.m. faceoff.