COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse notched its first win of the season by defeating Mount St. Joseph University, 8-3, in its home opener. Freshman Josh Tomsich led the Crusaders with three goals to level their overall record at 1-1.
Tomsich, a freshman from Midland, Miss., recorded the first three goals of his collegiate career against the Lions. His first came in the second quarter near the nine-minute marker. He again scored before the expiration of the third quarter when he crashed the net and received a pass from Ted Crites to set up the score. Tomsich later connected with Jeff Simmons to score another in back-to-back fashion and put Capital up 6-2.
Sophomore Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) got it all started with a goal less than three minutes into the contest. He and Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) scored the first two goals in the game to give Capital and early lead before the Lions' Pat McClanahan halved the score toward the top of the second quarter.
The eventual game-winner was scored by freshman Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.), the first of his career, which at the time built Capital's lead to 4-1. That score was taken into halftime.
Freshman goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made six saves behind a defense that forced 28 Mount St. Joseph turnovers. The victory counts as his collegiate first.
Palmby's counterpart, Mike Weil, made 21 saves after the Crusaders peppered him with 29 shot attempts.
Capital (1-1) will play both of its next two games at home against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents Hiram College (March 4) and Oberlin College (March 7). The Crusaders and Terriers will square off at 4:00 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.