COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team gave all it had against a strong and veteran-laden Kenyon College team, but fell short on Wednesday afternoon. Despite a hot start and a late surge to contest the Lords, the Crusaders lost by a final score of 11-8 in its second match of the season.
Junior Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) served as Capital's leading scorer, posting a hat trick on six shot attempts over the course of the game. He was the main catalyst of Capital's near comeback in the fourth quarter when he scored on a man-up opportunity and twice in less than one minute to make for a two-score game heading into the backstretch of the match. His goals made the score 10-8 and gave more than eight minutes of time for Capital to make a final push.
Kenyon (1-0) packed it in on defense for the next five-plus minutes. Capital attempted three shot attempts in that time, two that fell off the mark and one that landed on frame and saved by Lords goaltender Patrick Shevelson. Following a Capital turnover, Kenyon drove down the field and landed the second of its two shot attempts, sealing the win by building an 11-8 lead with 2:31 to go. Capital was able to only launch one more shot attempt in the final minutes.
Hess now had four goals on the season, now putting him second on the team behind sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio). O'Callaghan now has seven after putting up two more goals against the Lords. He and junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) connected for the first goal of the game to help build a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the opening quarter. He later paired up with freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) to close the scoring in that same quarter when off the draw they raced down and scored just before the clock hit zero.
Kenyon's Robert Jacobs was a thorn in Capital's side after scoring five times and collecting three ground balls. Josh Galardi, Jonah Florence and Alex Lopez all scored two goals apiece for the Lords. Their goaltender, Patrick Shevelson, was tested 21 times and made 13 saves.
Walton, who hit 100 career points following the team's win over La Roche College last Saturday, added three more points to his total with one goal and two assists.
On the defensive end, junior Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) collected a team-high four ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Sophomore keeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made nine saves.
Capital will be back in action this Saturday when they host Bethany College (W.Va.) for their third straight home game to open the season. First draw is at 1 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.