Crusaders Suffer First Home Loss
COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's lacrosse team suffered a 16-2 defeat to Southwestern (Tx.) on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium.
After falling behind 6-0 through the first 24 minutes of play, the Crusaders tallied their first goal of the game at the 5:15 mark of the second period, as freshman attack Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) scored on an unassisted goal.
The Pirates then managed to post three unanswered scores in a span of just over three minutes, ending the first half of play with a 9-1 advantage over the Crusaders.
At halftime, Southwestern held a 21-12 advantage in shots, while Capital again initiated its scrappy defensive play, forcing the Pirates into 15 first half turnovers.
As the second half of play unfolded, the Pirates tacked on another trio of unanswered goals to open the third quarter, before freshman midfielder Michael Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio) responded with the Crusaders second goal of the contest with 4:20 remaining in the third frame.
After adding a late goal toward the end of the third period, Southwestern posted three additional scores in the fourth quarter, while the Crusaders unloaded just three shots in the final frame, with none of them finding the back of the net.
In total, Capital was outshot 43-24 over the course of the entire game, while forcing the Pirates into 30 turnovers, 27 of them caused by the Crusaders.
Hess and Trefethern scored the only pair of goals for the Crusaders, while freshmen midfielders Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio) and Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) led the team in shots with six and five, respectively.
Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lubbock, Tx.) was busy in the net, saving 13 of 27 shots faced in just his second loss of the season in goal.
Fellow freshman in defender Sawyer Mack (Dublin, Ohio) was active on the defensive side of the field for the Crusaders, as he totaled a game-high eight caused turnovers to go along with scooping up five ground balls.
With the loss, Capital (7-2 overall) returns to the road on Apr. 12 for the varsity program's first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference contest, as they travel to Mount Union for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff in Alliance, Ohio.