Capital Routes Oberlin, Rampi has Seven-Point Day

Pictured: Ryan Rampi (credit: Greg Bartrum)
Pictured: Ryan Rampi (credit: Greg Bartrum)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse welcomed the Oberlin College Yeomen to Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium and sent them home with a large-scale loss. The Crusaders pumped out goals at will and defeated the Yeomen, 22-9, on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Capital begins the season 2-0 before taking its first road trip of the season.

Capital has now won three straight matches against the Yeomen following its signature win against Oberlin back in 2015. This also marks the program's first 2-0 start to begin a season in its history. Attackman Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) tied a career high with seven points to lead the Crusaders. The sophomore also had a seven-point day against Franciscan University on April 2, 2016. On Saturday, Rampi achieved that behind five goals and career-high tying two assists.

Junior attacker Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) posted his second straight five-goal game and added an assist. Through two games, he has 10 goals and three assists for 13 points.

O'Callaghan achieved a hat trick within the first six minutes of the game, scoring goals at the 13:52, 11:30 and 9:08 marks of the first quarter. Rampi scored the first of his five goals 1:52 into the game, helping Capital build a 5-2 lead at the end of the first.

Capital outscored Oberlin 8-1 in the second quarter with Rampi and O'Callaghan accounting for the first three of the stanza. Freshman C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) scored back-to-back goals inside a three-minute span of time, continuing the strong start to his freshman campaign. He ended with four goals and one assist, inflating his season totals to nine goals and four helpers through two games.

By halftime, Capital had built a 10-goal lead behind a strong, fast-paced attack, which also took Oberlin's offense out of action. The Yeomen got off just 12 shots through 30 minutes of play and only nine fell on goal. Four of junior goaltender Cole Palmby's six total saves came in the first half. The Delaware, Ohio native made a total of six stops in nearly 39 minutes between the pipes before giving way to sophomore T.J. Johnson.

Rampi and Hughes scored the first four goals of the third quarter, and Capital shutout the Yeomen in that frame. The Purple and White had a commanding 19-3 lead and had scored 11 unanswered goals over 24:40 of action before Oberlin marked up the scoreboard again. Oberlin scored six times in the fourth quarter while Capital tacked on three more of its own, leading to the final sore.

Reese Koburov led Oberlin with three goals and one assist, while Eric Hager chipped in two goals and two helpers. The Yeomen are now 0-3 to start the season, all three loses coming by double digits against OAC opponents that ranked inside the top four of the conference's preseason coaches' poll.

Nine different Capital players scored at least one goal in the win, and an additional four more scored a point. Freshman Adam Rieger tallied his first collegiate point, assisting on the third goal of the third quarter.

Capital's 13 first-half goals is the second-most in that time and one shy of the team record. Capital's 22 goals ties for third on the program list, falling two shy of tying the record.

The Purple and White will head to Montgomery, Ala. for its first road contest of the year. Huntingdon College awaits with a 3-3 record. They will play on Wednesday, March 1, at 6 p.m.