STUEBENVILLE, Ohio – Led by Ryan Rampi's best day as a Crusader, the Capital University men's lacrosse team rolled to a 20-7 road victory over Franciscan University, Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead and never looked back while improving to 8-2 on the year.
Sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) broke out for four goals in the first quarter, aiding Capital in its big 9-2 lead after the opening 15 minutes. Freshman Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) scored two of his game- and career-high six goals in the opening stanza, and also added an assist to his line when he and O'Callaghan connected on one of three occasions.
Up by seven heading into the second quarter, the Crusaders did not let up off of the gas pedal, outscoring the Barons 5-3 in the second and 5-1 in the third quarter. Rampi scored three more times in the third quarter, twice unassisted.
Not only did Rampi contribute greatly on the offensive end with seven points, but he also collected and career-high seven ground balls, which led the Crusaders. In addition, he caused two turnovers of the Crusaders' eight.
Freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) went 11-for-19 on faceoffs while the team as a whole went 14-for-28.
Sophomore Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) earned his eighth win of the season, making six saves of 11 shots again in one half of action. Freshman T.J. Johnson also posted six saves in one quarter of action, while junior Ryan Chamberlain stopped 11-of-12 shots in the fourth quarter.
O'Callaghan ended the day with four goals and two assists, while Jordan Gush hit for a hat trick, as well. Reigning OAC Offensive Player of the Week Ted Crites posted one goal and two assists in the win.
Capital will open its conference slate next Saturday, April 9, when they host Baldwin Wallace University at Bernlohr Stadium. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.