COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by Ted Crites' team-leading five goals, the Capital University men's lacrosse team took care of business against Wilmington College on Wednesday evening. The Crusaders scored five times in each quarter, leading them to a 20-8 win at Bernlohr Stadium.
While Capital was consistent with its offense over all four quarters, Wilmington (4-7, 0-4 OAC) stood tall with the hosts through the first quarter. Junior Danny Davide (Massillon, Ohio) scored Capital's fifth goal of the first by picking up a loose ball off the draw and sprinted down the field to set him up for a scoring opportunity. His goal helped the Crusaders regain the lead once and for all.
Sophomore Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio) opened up a dominant second quarter with a goal straight off the draw, tallying his seventh of the season just nine seconds in. Capital did not allow a goal in the second, and held huge advantages over the Quakers in multiple categories. The Crusaders were perfect on the 'X' (6-6) and on clear attempts (3-3) while outshooting Wilmington, 18-4, in the period.
Capital nearly kept Wilmington off of the board for two entire quarters had it not been for Reid Delaney's goal just before the clock expired in the third quarter. Sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) scored twice in the third and fourth quarters to help string together a game-high five goals, in addition to his three assists. His eight points set a new career high, which was previously seven set earlier in the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made seven saves while earning his 10th win of the season.
Capital's offense was fueled by its complete domination on faceoffs. Freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) went 23-for-25 on the 'X' while teammate Grayson Garver-Geller was perfect in five faceoffs. The defense asserted its aggressiveness, taking in 42 ground balls to Wilmington's nine. Junior Michael Trefethern led the Crusaders with three of Capital's 10 total caused turnovers.
With his final goal with 13:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) scored his league-leading 50th goal of the season.
Capital is now 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. They will hit the road for two tough games against conference foes University of Mount Union and rival Otterbein University. The Purple Raiders and Crusaders will meet in Alliance on Saturday, April 23, to kick that stretch off. They now sit in fifth place in the OAC with three matches left to play.