COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team fell into an early hole, of which it could not climb out of on Saturday afternoon. Battling cold, snow flurries and the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets, the Crusaders fell short in a 9-6 loss in their conference opener at Bernlohr Stadium.
The battle between a pair of eight-win teams started with the Yellow Jackets jumping out to a 3-1 lead after the end of the first period. Baldwin Wallace (9-1, 1-0 OAC) controlled much of the opening period, outshooting the Crusaders 10-3 and going a perfect 5-for-5 on faceoffs. Their troubles at the 'X' were shadowed by the trio of Judson Huston, Alex Binner and Thomas Moesch who scored nearly four minutes apart from one another to account for its lead.
While the Crusaders' play on the draw improved with the insertion of junior Michael Trefethern, the Capital offense still struggled to get into a groove. Down 4-1, Capital's next goal came by virtue of a heads-up play by junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) on the defensive end. After a Capital shot was turned down, BW goaltender Mike Dizonno's pass was intercepted by Walton a few yards outside of the crease. Walton then picked up the ball and flicked it past Dizonno to trim the deficit to two.
Chad Steinwachs later scored the second of his two goals in the period to help Baldwin Wallace take a 5-2 lead into the locker room.
Capital was outscored in the third, 2-1, but then its offense began to collect steam in the fourth. Carson Paull attacked the Yellow Jackets' cage for the opening goal of the quarter, but BW responded with two of their own. Walton scored his second goal of the game, again playing tough in front of the visitor's net by collecting a rebound and sending it home.
Brennan O'Callaghan scored Capital's final goal with 1:06 remaining on the clock, but it was not enough to bring the Crusaders back to within striking distance. The sophomore was limited to just five shots with only two landing on goal.
Steinwachs led Baldwin Wallace with three goals and one assist. Josiah Greve aided BW's stout defense with three ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Five different Crusaders shared the team lead with three ground balls each, and three tied for the team high in caused turnovers (2). Sophomore Cole Palmby made eight saves on 17 opportunities.
Capital (8-3, 0-1) will play host to Ohio Northern University on Wednesday, April 13, in their first-ever meeting. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.