COLUMBUS, Ohio – An explosive showing in the second quarter of Tuesday afternoon's match helped lead the Capital University men's lacrosse team to its fifth straight win. The Crusaders defeated Bethany College (W.Va.) 19-3 at Bernlohr Stadium.
The Crusaders (5-1 overall) and Bison (3-5) were down 2-1 midway through the first quarter and ended strongly with goals from freshman Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) and sophomore Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/North) to retake the lead.
O'Callaghan, the reigning OAC Player of the Week, went on a tear to begin the second quarter. He scored back-to-back goals less than one minute from each other to extend Capital's lead, 5-2. After Walton scored just 27 seconds after the second of those goals, O'Callaghan then went on to score three more times in a two minute span and a total of six goals in the second quarter, alone.
After the Crusaders went into halftime with an 11-2 lead, they began to mix up the lineup and saw four different Crusaders score over the course of the second half. At one point, Capital had scored 17 straight goals before Bethany's Tim Pagano broke that streak with the Bison's goal with five minutes to go.
In addition to O'Callaghan's seven goals and one assist, Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) and Walton ended with a five-point day, each. Hess scored three goals and added a pair of assists while Walton finished with four goals and an assist.
Mike Trefethern (Canfield, Ohio) ruled the faceoff circle by helping Capital win 19-of-25 faceoffs.
Tate Stover led the Crusaders with three caused turnovers of the team's 15. The defense also turned down five different man-up opportunities held by the Bison. Bethany committed 25 turnovers on the day, including two right in front of its own cage that led directly to goals.
Capital will defend its five-match winning streak at Wittenberg University on Wednesday, March 25. Game time is set for 7 p.m.