O’Callaghan & Company Trump Presidents

O’Callaghan & Company Trump Presidents
Pictured: Brennan O'Callaghan (credit: Jamie Gaffney)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a slow start to Saturday's non-conference men's lacrosse match, Capital University erupted for 10 unanswered goals to propel them toward an 18-6 victory over the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.). Brennan O'Callaghan and Brent Walton brought those at Bernlohr Stadium to their feet with 10 goals and four assists between them, leading to their fifth win of the season.

Washington & Jefferson (1-4) scored the game's first two goals, both by Kyle Heinig. The Crusaders were held scoreless through the first 11 minutes of the first quarter, but then the sleeping giant woke and lit up the scoreboard 10 consecutive times before the Presidents could respond.

Sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) scored the first of his eight goals on the day to start the run. Junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) hit O'Callaghan with a pass from behind the Washington & Jefferson cage, where O'Callaghan put it home from about 15 yards out. That goal also marked the first of two occasions that the duo connected for the goal-assist combination. The latter came just two minutes later when Capital (5-1) took the lead with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Either O'Callaghan or Walton scored each of the next four goals, marking a string of seven straight in which one of those players lit the lamp for Capital. Sophomore Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) continued the Crusaders' scoring streak with his second goal of the season when he and junior Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) helped Capital open its lead up to 8-2 with 8:08 remaining in the second quarter. An O'Callaghan man-up tally plus freshman Ryan Rampi's sixth goal of the season closed out the Crusaders' 10-0 run heading into halftime, where Capital led 10-2.

The Presidents scored two of the next three goals, but saw the gap between the teams widen after goals from Ted Crites, Jeff Simmons, O'Callaghan, and Hess. The scoreboard read 15-5 after three quarters of play. Capital then outscored Washington & Jefferson 3-1 in the fourth to account for the 18-6 final score.

Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio) and Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) led Capital's defense with six ground balls, each. Davide also added three caused turnovers. Crossingham once again did well on the draw, taking 16-of-24 faceoffs.

Capital held a vast advantage on shots taken, posting 46 to the President's 22. A similar advantage was held in ground balls, 43-19 in Capital's favor.

The Crusaders will host Wittenberg University on Wednesday, March 16 in their next action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.