COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team was in action on Saturday afternoon against Muskingum University. The Crusaders won, 18-5, in a must win game. Brennan O'Callaghan had a game-high five points.
Capital jumped out early and never looked back. The Crusaders scored the game's first eight goals.
Junior Connor Simon (Sylvania, Ohio) scored the game's first goal off of a pass from sophomore Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho). A little over a minute later, freshman Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal. Eight seconds later, sophomore Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio) added an unassisted goal. Freshman Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/ Hilliard Darby) scored the final goal of the first off of a pass from Paull, making the score 4-0.
Rampi started the second quarter with a goal and was assisted by sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/ Lakota West). Less than a minute later, Naugle scored another unassisted goal, extending the Capital lead to 6-0. Simon added another goal assisted by junior Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.). Seven seconds later, sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) scored on a pass from O'Callaghan.
After a Muskingum goal, O'Callaghan scored an unassisted goal to give the Crusaders a 9-1 lead going into halftime.
Capital added six goals in the third quarter. O'Callaghan scored two, John Allen contributed one, Crites added two, and Brent Walton added a goal. The Fighting Muskies added two goals in the third to make the score 15-3, in favor of Capital.
The Crusaders scored three more times in the fourth quarter and surrendered two goals making the final score 18-5.
O'Callaghan led Capital with three goals and five points. Crites also finished with three goals.
Freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho) was a force on the face off, winning 20-of-22. He also had a game-high 11 ground balls.
As a team, the Crusaders picked up 39 ground balls, forced 27 turnovers, won 22-of-24 face-offs and outshot Muskingum 56-14.
Capital improves to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the OAC. The Crusaders got the help they needed from rival Otterbein University. With the Mount Union loss to Otterbein, Capital holds the tiebreaker over the Purple Raiders. The Crusaders will travel to University Heights, to play John Carroll University in the OAC semifinals. The game will be played on Wednesday, May 4, time TBA.