NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Brennan O'Callaghan and his team-leading six goals helped the Capital University men's lacrosse team earn its 10th win of the season and remain unbeaten in OAC play. The Crusaders defeated Muskingum University by an 18-5 score at McConagha Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
O'Callaghan once again led Capital's offense with an eight-point day, scoring a team-high six goals and chipping in two assists. The freshman now has a conference-leading 49 goals on the season.
Capital (10-2, 3-0 OAC) scored the match's first three goals inside a six-minute span of time, all from different attackers. Sophomore Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) and freshman Nick Bonsignore (Auburn Township, Ohio) connected on the opening goal as one of the Crusaders' six in the first quarter. O'Callaghan and Hess both scored twice in the opening frame. Sophomore Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) collected two points, scoring one goal and assisting on another.
O'Callaghan's man-up goal with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter started a run of five straight goals by the Crusaders. He also opened the scoring in the second quarter by connecting with Nick Hess just 2:10 in. Capital took a 9-2 lead into the half.
With a pair of goals by O'Callaghan and sophomore Jeff Simmons (Lewis Center, Ohio), Capital burst for seven goals in the third quarter to put the game away. After Muskingum scored with 12:35 to go while a man up, Capital scored six straight goals, three of those on man-up opportunities.
Freshman Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) scored three goals to add to Capital's total. Four different Capital players scored two goals on the day.
Sophomore Kyle Margolies (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) led the defense with three caused turnovers while O'Callaghan and freshman Josh Tomsich (Midland, Mich.) shared the team lead with six ground balls, each. Three different players also collected five ground balls including Hess, Michael Trefethern and Dylan Bishop.
The Crusaders have now won five straight matches, including all three of its Ohio Athletic Conference matches. They will play host in their next two games, beginning with a rivalry match with Otterbein University on Wednesday, April 15. Play will begin at 4 p.m. from Bernlohr Stadium.