COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's lacrosse team suffered a tough 9-4 loss to John Carroll on Wednesday afternoon in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium.
Capital led off the game with a man-up goal, giving the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead with 8:48 remaining in the opening period.
However, the Blue Streaks responded with three straight unanswered goals to end the first quarter, taking a 3-1 lead into the second frame.
The Crusaders then surrendered a pair of goals in the second period, while the Blue Streaks held the Crusaders offense at bay over the entire quarter.
At the half, John Carroll was outshooting Capital 16-14, while the Crusaders forced the Blue Streaks into 13 first half turnovers.
As the second half of play unfolded, the Blue Streaks scored the opening goal of the third quarter at the 9:55 mark, before freshman midfielder Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) tallied a trio of goals in a span of 7:17, narrowing the Crusaders deficit to 6-4 with 2:52 remaining in the third period.
Capital was then held scoreless throughout the final quarter, as the Blue Streaks tacked on three unanswered goals in the fourth period for five point victory.
Leading the way offensively for the Crusaders was Walton, who scored three goals and recorded one assist, while freshman attack Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) tallied the other Capital goal.
Fellow freshman in attack Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio) posted one assist on the afternoon.
On the defensive end, the Crusaders were led by freshman defender Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio), who recorded a game-high seven caused turnovers, while also corralling three ground balls.
Classmate in defender Adam Thomas (Powell, Ohio) followed with four caused turnovers, while fellow freshmen in defender Sawyer Mack (Dublin, Ohio) and Simon combined for five caused turnovers for the game. Freshman goalie Jordan Adkins (Lucas, Tx.) saved 15 shots on a total of 24 shots faced in the loss.
With the loss, Capital (8-5 overall, 1-3 OAC) is now set to conclude its regular season this coming Saturday when they travel to Baldwin Wallace for an 8 p.m. start in Berea, Ohio.