COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team's Ohio Athletic Conference season opener brought much excitement to Bernlohr Stadium, Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders defeated the Mount Union Purple Raiders in a physical battle by a final score of 8-3, making for three straight Capital victories and a positive start to conference play.
Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) had another solid day with four goals on seven shot attempts, but it was freshman Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) that started the day's scoring off with an unassisted goal just 2:48 into the contest.
O'Callaghan doubled up that lead, receiving a pass from Mundell and finishing the job to complete the man-up opportunity that stemmed from a minor penalty by the Raiders.
Capital maintained its two-goal advantage heading into the second quarter, but O'Callaghan added his second goal by receiving a pass from freshman Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) and whipping it past Mount Union goaltender Collin Peters.
While the halftime margin was just two goals, Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) began a three-goal run by Capital with his score just four minutes into the second half. O'Callaghan scored the second of three goals with Mundell working his way inside the defense to slip another passed Peters to build a 7-2 lead over the Raiders.
Freshman goalkeeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio) did his job by making 10 saves on 13 shots faced. The Capital defense pressured the Mount Union offense into 15 off-target shots and 23 turnovers. The special teams stepped up and went 4-for-5 while defending Mount Union's man-up opportunities. Capital also held a vast advantage in ground balls over the Raiders, 32-12.
Sophomore Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio) led the Crusaders with three caused turnovers and added a pair of ground balls on the defensive side.
Freshman Nick Bonsignore (Auburn Township, Ohio) led both sides with a total of seven ground balls to add to a pair of caused turnovers.
Capital is now 8-2 overall and starts their conference season with a 1-0 record. The remaining five matches on the schedule will be against OAC opposition with their next two on the road. The Crusaders will go to Wilmington College to play the Quakers on April 8 (7pm). Their next home match will be against cross-town rival Otterbein University on April 15.