COLUMBUS, Ohio – A key defensive last stand helped the Capital University men's lacrosse team hold on to an 8-7 win over visiting Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at Bernlohr Stadium. Brennan O'Callaghan led Capital's offense with a hat trick plus an assist.
Capital's big stand came over a three-minute span to end the game. After Capital muscled through a man-down chance and both sides were square, Oberlin's Ian McCague scored to make a one-goal contest with 2:50 to go. Capital called its final timeout to set up the game plan. Freshman keeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio) came up with not one but two key saves with traffic in front of him. Oberlin kept possession of the ball and sent two more shots wide of the cage before using a timeout of its own.
Out of the break with 12 seconds remaining, Oberlin mounted one last charge but Matthew Fox's shot attempt was blocked down in front of the goal and picked up by Michael Trefethern, sealing the win for Capital.
Capital (2-1 overall) held control for much of the first half after responding from surrendering the opening goal with a man-down score by O'Callaghan. The freshman attacker scored again before the close of the first quarter, which started an unanswered-goal streak of five.
Oberlin (2-1) made a good game of by responding with three straight goals at the backend of the third quarter and then opening up the fourth with a man-up goal. Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) scored the second of his two goals, both with a man advantage, to cushion the lead to two before Eric Hager halved Capital's lead.
Freshman Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) scored the eventual game-winning goal with 4:22 left on the clock, his second of the season.
Also getting on the scoreboard in his first action of the season was returning all-conference selection Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central). He scored one goal and assisted on another.
O'Callaghan finished the day with seven points after hitting for a hat trick and an assist.
Tate Stover led the Crusaders with five ground balls, while Palmby manned his station successfully by making 12 saves on 19 shots faced.
The Crusaders are on the road for their next two matches against Defiance College (March 11) and Calvin College (March 14). They will return to Bernlohr Stadium on March 18 to host Bethany College.