UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team was in action Wednesday night as they traveled to John Carroll University for the OAC Tournament semifinals. The Crusaders fell 15-8, led by Nick Hess and Brent Walton with two goals each.
Junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/ Pickerington Central) got the scoring started with an unassisted goal just under two minutes into the game. About two minutes later, sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) added to the lead with a goal assisted by freshman Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa.).
The Blue Streaks added two goals, which tied the game 2-2, with 5:48 left to play in the first quarter.
Forty-two seconds after John Carroll tied the game, sophomore Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) gave the lead back to the Crusaders. Sophomore Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) assisted on Paull's goal. 17 seconds later, freshman Jeff Simmons (Lewis Center, Ohio/ Olentangy) scored a goal off of a pass from sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/ Lakota West).
John Carroll added a goal with 38 seconds left in the first quarter, cutting the Capital lead to 4-3 after one quarter.
Junior Neck Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) extended the Crusaders' lead to 5-3, when he scored on a pass from Naugle.
The Blue Streaks scored just 30 seconds later, making the score 5-4 as the game went into the half.
John Carroll went on a 3-0 run to start the third, which gave the Blue Streaks their first lead of the night, 7-5.
Hess cut the lead down to one when he scored off of a Walton pass. 10 seconds later O'Callaghan tied the game on a Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio) pass.
After two Blue Streak goals, Walton added his second goal of the game, this time assisted by Hess.
John Carroll finished the game on a 6-0 run, which extended the lead to 15-8.
Hess and Walton finished the game with two goals and one assist each. Sophomore Ryan Maloney (Columbus, Ohio/ Worthington Kilbourne) had a game-high three caused turnovers. Naugle finished the game with two assists to lead Capital.
The Crusaders finished the season 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the OAC.