CINCINNATI, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse came within one goal of tying the program high for goals in a game while rolling over Mount St. Joseph University, 23-3, in Wednesday afternoon action. Ryan Rampi and Brennan O'Callaghan led the Crusaders each posting a five-point day, while 15 different Capital players found the score sheet in some fashion in the team's fourth win of the season.
While the Lions scored the first goal of the game, Capital racked up scores in large numbers immediately following. Less than 20 seconds after Mount St. Joseph took an early lead, junior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) scored the first of his three goals on the day.
Sophomore Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) rattled off three straight goals, two coming 22 seconds between one another. He also tallied his lone assist on an O'Callaghan goal posted right after his third goal. Cap took a 6-1 lead at this point and went on to score all 10 of its goals uninterrupted before the first quarter's end.
Capital continued its romp with four more unanswered goals to start the second quarter, making for a total of 14 straight goals in a row before the Lions stopped the streak. The first two scored by freshman C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) inside two minutes. Mount St. Joseph scored just twice more before the end of the half. Ticking down to the end of the second half, freshman Talbott Gottwals (Columbia, Md./Atholon) scored the first of his three goals while junior Jordan Gush (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) scored two in back-to-back fashion. Gottwals also assisted on the first of Gush's goals, making for three points in a three-minute span of time. Cap took a 17-3 lead into halftime.
Gush scored his third straight goal to open the third quarter to make the score 18-3. Freshman Carter McCormick (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) followed suit with his first goal of the season, and was trailed by Gottwals and his second goal of the game.
McCormick and Gottwals each scored their first collegiate goals as part of the win. Freshmen Nick Latshaw and Tyler Faig also scored their first collegiate goals. Faig scored as part of Capital's 10-goal first quarter while Latshaw posted his goal in the final frame.
Capital held large advantages in ground balls (36-12), shots (63-19), and face offs won (25-4), while Mount St. Joseph (28) turned in 13 more turnovers than Capital (15).
Junior goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made five saves on eight shots faced in the win.
Capital was one goal shy of tying its previous most goals scored in a game that was 24 against Bethany College on Feb. 27, 2016 and Franciscan University on April 1, 2015.
Capital (4-4, 1-1 OAC) will jump back in conference play at Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m.