COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team was in action Wednesday night at Bernlohr Stadium against Ohio Northern University. The Crusaders' defense stepped up big in the 15-5 victory.
Capital started the game off with a bang. Freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) won the faceoff and sprinted toward the ONU goal and passed to junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/ Pickerington Central). Walton then beat the keeper over his top left shoulder. It only took seven seconds for the Crusaders to strike.
The Polar Bears responded with a goal to tie the game.
Capital scored the next two goals. One goal scored by sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) on a pass from sophomore Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.). Crites beat the keeper high. The second goal came from junior Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.), he beat the keeper top shelf after he approached from the near side of the net.
ONU answered with two goals of their own, to tie the game at 3-3.
With just over two minutes left in the first quarter, Mundell fought through the Polar Bears' defense to score high far post. Sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/ Lakota West) scored with just 31 seconds left in the first quarter. O'Callaghan's goal came off a well-placed pass in traffic from Walton.
The Crusaders' defense held the Polar Bears scoreless in the second quarter. Sophomore Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) added an unassisted goal while falling to beat the keeper inside the far post. Walton scored again, this time from freshman Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/ Hilliard Darby).
Capital took a 7-3 lead into the half.
The Crusaders scored the first three goals in the third quarter. The second goal was scored by O'Callaghan. O'Callaghan's first shot was saved, but he tipped the rebound in beating the keeper high.
ONU scored with just 13 seconds left in the third quarter, which cut the Capital lead to 10-4.
The Crusaders scored first in the fourth quarter, but the Polar Bears answered within a minute and a half. Capital scored the final four goals to end the game and achieve a 15-5 victory.
The Crusaders' defense was stout all night. They held the Ohio Athletic Conference assist leader to no assists. The Capital defense also forced 19 turnovers in the game. Sophomore Ryan Maloney
(Columbus, Ohio/ Worthington Kilbourne) led the Crusaders with a game-high six caused turnovers. He also added a game-high seven ground balls. Maloney set a career-high with ground balls and caused turnovers. As a team, Capital collected 36 ground balls and successfully cleared 18-of-23 chances.
The Crusaders are now 9-3 overall and 1-1 in OAC play. Capital returns to action Saturday as they travel to Berea, Ohio to battle John Carroll. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m.