SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Wittenberg University's hot start helped hand the Capital University men's lacrosse team its first loss in a month. The Crusaders' offense was kept in check during their 11-4 loss to the Tigers at Edwards-Maurer Field, Wednesday night.
Reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio) was peppered with 38 shots, 23 of which landed on goal. Palmby made 12 saves on the night but allowed 11 goals in the loss.
Freshman Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) was kept in toe and off of the scoreboard after attempting seven shots. Only one landed on frame.
Sophomore Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) made the biggest waves against the Tigers, scoring three of Capital's four goals on just four shot attempts. Freshman Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) scored the Crusaders' only other goal.
Wittenberg (4-3) scored five straight goals out of the gate before Walton notched one on a man-up opportunity. The match was still within reach after the first quarter after Capital trailed by just two goals, but Austin Brady scored back-to-back goals for the Tigers leading to a man-up goal of their own to take a 5-0 lead.
Trailing 5-1 after halftime, Wittenberg scored two more goals, both by Thomas Fuss to make any comeback difficult. Fuss added a third in response to Mundell's goal before Walton added a second man-up score.
Capital's last loss game at the hands of Kenyon College in its season opener back on Feb. 25. Since that match, Capital had won five straight and had allowed just 10 goals over the last three matches. The chance for their sixth win comes this Saturday afternoon at Transylvania University.