BETHANY, W.Va. – A perfect 3-0 for the Capital University men's lacrosse team in the varsity program's first-ever extended road trip, as they ended their trek with a 19-6 victory at Bethany (W.Va.) on Wednesday night.
After falling behind 1-0 less than three minutes into the contest, freshman midfielder Michael Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio) tied the game at one goal apiece under a minute later and the Crusaders never looked back, scoring 11 unanswered goals over a span of just under 17 minutes.
Following its game opening goal in the first quarter, Bethany did not score until the 8:57 mark of the second quarter, a scoring run in which they tallied three unanswered goals to narrow the deficit to 11-4.
Capital then tacked on an additional goal at the 3:20 mark of the second quarter, as the Crusaders took a commanding 12-4 lead into halftime.
The Bison again opened up the second half of play much like they did the opening half, scoring the initial goal of the third quarter just over one and a half minutes into the period. However, the Crusaders then responded with a trio of unanswered scores in the third quarter, taking an overwhelming 15-5 lead into the final frame, including back-to-back goals by freshman attack Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.).
Capital's fourth and final quarter proved to continue its scoring run, as the Crusaders inflated their lead to a 13 goal advantage. After Bethany inked the scoreboard first in the second half of the game, the Crusaders ended the contest on a 7-1 run.
Leading the way for the Crusaders on offense was a pair of midfielders in Trefethern and fellow freshman Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio), as well as classmate in attack Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio), all of which tallied four goals apiece in the victory. Trefethern also won 16 of Capital's 18 faceoffs on the evening, while he and Walton recorded one assist, respectively.
Hess followed with a stellar offensive night, posting three goals and a pair of assists, while freshman midfielder Parker Marsch (Galena, Ohio) also tallied a pair of goals to go with one assist. A total of seven Capital players scored at least one goal in the win, including five of which who recorded two goals or more.
Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lubbock, Tx.) picked up his seventh victory of the season in goal, saving two shots in 55:04 in the net, while fellow classmate and goalie Hogan Miller (Granville, Ohio) checked in for the final 4:56 in goal, also saving two shots.
The Crusaders defense was strong again in the victory, as freshmen Adam Thomas (Powell, Ohio) and Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio), along with junior Chase Woods (Blythewood, S.C.), combined for seven of Capital's 10 caused turnovers.
With the win, Capital (7-1 overall) is now set to return home from its three game road swing as they play host to Southwestern (Tx.) on Sunday afternoon. Faceoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.