COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a game in which physical play was put on display, the Capital University men's lacrosse team defended its home field by defeating Calvin College, 22-7. Ted Crites and Brennan O'Callaghan paced the Crusaders' offense with five goals each, and O'Callaghan hit a significant career scoring milestone in the win.
Beyond the first 10 minutes of the opening quarter, Capital (7-2) owned the day and nearly every statistical column. The Crusaders outshot Calvin 66-17 and held a 24-8 advantage on faceoffs over the course of the day. Capital was a perfect 19-for-19 on clear attempts while the Crusader defense allowed the Knights to convert just over 50 percent of their trips down the field. Capital also held a vast advantage on ground balls, 47-28.
After sophomore Ted Crites scored the first of his five goals to help Capital grab a 5-3 lead, Calvin called a timeout to try to slow down the Crusaders attack. The tactic did not work, as Capital went on to score three more times at the end of the first quarter, including two additional goals by Crites.
Crites opened up the second quarter scoring efforts as well, connecting with sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan to extend Capital's lead to six, 9-3. Capital scored five of seven goals tallied in the quarter, with O'Callaghan collecting two more.
The third quarter saw play become more physical after sophomore Carson Paull was hit illegally and forced him out of the game. From that point and through the next two minutes a total of five penalties spanning nine minutes and one ejection were administered. That also did not derail any of Capital's game as they allowed just one goal in the third quarter and saw its lead blow up to 14 goals.
Also in the third quarter, O'Callaghan reached a new milestone in his young Capital career. With his fifth and final goal of the day, the sophomore has now scored 100 goals in his career. He has done so in just 24 career games, and even missed the first two games of his freshman season. O'Callaghan has now scored five or more goals in a game six times in nine games this year.
Freshman Christian Crossingham went 22-for-28 on the 'X' today and added two assists and picked up a game-high 12 ground balls. In addition to his five goals, Crites also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
Capital will hit the road for Franciscan University on Saturday, April 2 for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Barons.