Cap Meets its Match in Loss to Baldwin Wallace

Pictured: Cole Palmby (credit: Ben Barnes)
Pictured: Cole Palmby (credit: Ben Barnes)

BEREA, Ohio – The Capital University offense faced one its greatest matches and was slowed by Baldwin Wallace University in a 10-4 loss at George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The men's lacrosse team was blanked in the first and fourth quarters and was unable to match a consistent Yellow Jacket offense.

Junior goalkeeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) did his best to keep Capital in the game and posted the second-most saves in a single game for his career. The backstop made a total of 19 saves and averaged just short of five per quarter, topping out with six made in the second. His previous single-game best was 20 saves made at The College of Wooster on March 9, 2016. That mark is also a program record, making his 19 saves the second-most in a single game in school history.

From the onset, Baldwin Wallace's offense poured on a barrage of shots and compiled 55 total in the game. Derek Andrews recorded a hat trick to lead the Yellow Jackets while three other players posted two goals, each.

Andrews began the scoring with an unassisted goal 4:36 into the game, and he struck again at nearly the same point of the second quarter to start a three-goal run. With the score 2-0 after the close of the first frame, sophomore Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) connected with sophomore Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa./Greensburg Central) to half BW's lead. The Yellow Jackets ended the second half on that run and with a 5-1 lead heading into half.

Capital's strongest quarter of play came in the third where they equaled Baldwin Wallace's goal output. Each team scored three times, where the likely Capital contributors emerged in the form of junior Brennan O'Callaghan and freshman C.J. Hughes. The two bookended goals to begin and end the stanza with senior Danny Davide also chipping in with his first goal of the season, as well.

Down 8-4 heading into the fourth quarter, Baldwin Wallace tightened its defense up and allowed Capital to take just five shots in the fourth, compared to its 13. Palmby made another five saves, but the offense was unable to compliment and overcome BW. With two more goals, Baldwin Wallace (8-1, 3-0 OAC) put the finishing touches on its 10-4 win.

Naugle now has a four-game point streak accumulated with two goals and two helpers recorded dating back to the March 25 match with John Carroll University. Rampi has equaled that streak but has done so behind seven goals and six assists.

The loss drops Capital to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in the OAC team standings. The Purple and White will regroup to host Muskingum on Wednesday, April 12 at Bernlohr Stadium. The opening faceoff will take place at 7 p.m.