OBERLIN, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse broke away with three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to defeat the Oberlin College Yeomen, 11-8, on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan scored five times to lead the Crusaders, offensively, though it took a full team effort over 60 minutes to collect their third victory of the season.
Tied 8-8 with 11:39 to go in the fourth quarter, Capital (3-1) responded swiftly with the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal just 18 seconds later. Junior captain Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio) put the Crusaders up with his second goal of the season before O'Callaghan and Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) solidified the win with goals to close out the match.
O'Callaghan, a native of West Chester, Ohio, capitalized on an Oberlin penalty assessed to Dan Nerenhausen for slashing. He scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season while on the man-up attack, with the assistance of junior Brent Walton.
The defense clamped down, though was tested over the next nine minutes. Sophomore Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made three of his 12 saves over than timespan and caused another turnover to stymie the Yeomen's attack. Capital even defended well when a man-down, blocking one shot and keeping the net clean.
Mundell's goal with 1:28 to go iced the game and propelled Capital to its third victory of the year.
Oberlin (1-2) enjoyed just one lead, and that came with four minutes to go in the first. After Capital took the lead back with Ted Crites' goal at 7:32 in the second, the Yeomen were only able to tie the game, doing so twice in the fourth quarter.
O'Callaghan scored five times, posted 15 shots and eight of those on goal. He also added two assists. Six different Crusaders scored a goal. Walton posted one goal and three assists.
Palmby closed out the day with 12 saves on 20 shots on goal against. Oberlin took a total of 40 shots, and were paced by Nick Lobley's three goals.
Oberlin held the advantage on the draw, taking 12-of-21 faceoffs. However, the Crusaders induced more turnovers (10-5) and had fewer total turnovers (19-13), while also successfully killing off all five Oberlin man-up opportunities.
Capital will take on another strong North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) opponent on Wednesday, March 9, when it hits the road for The College of Wooster. First draw is set for 7 p.m.