WILMINGTON, Ohio – Head coach Dom Marzano picks up a win with the Capital University men's lacrosse team in his return to Wilmington College. Brennan O'Callaghan led Cap with a single-game tying performance with seven goals in the 23-8 victory.
Junior Brennan O'Callaghan (Westchester, Ohio / Lakota West) started Cap's 4-0 run with an unassisted goal. Junior Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho / Sandpoint) scored the Crusaders' next goal, before O'Callaghan found the back of the net for his second goal of the game. Freshman C. J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) closed out the Cap run with an unassisted goal of his own.
The Fightin' Quakers finally got on the board with 7:25 left in the first stanza, which came off of the stick of Andrew Miller.
The Crusaders scored the next six goals of the contest. Senior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) picked up an unassisted goal. Junior Teddy Crites (Waukee, Iowa / Waukee) beat the net minder, before Hughes scored off of a pass from O'Callaghan. O'Callaghan scored back-to-back goals and was assisted by sophomore Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby) on the second. Hughes closed out the Cap run, as Cap held a 10-1 lead with 1:26 left in the first.
After a slashing penalty on Cap put Wilmington a man-up, Reid Delaney scored a goal and was assisted by Jhordan Lang.
Junior Nick Bonsignore (Auburn Township, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) picked up the loose ball on the opening face off of the second quarter. He raced down the field and ripped a shot passed the Fightin' Quakers' goaltender. The goal came just 10 seconds into the second.
Wilmington scored a goal to cut the Cap lead to 11-3 with just under 13 minutes left until halftime.
O'Callaghan scored two unanswered goals and was assisted by Hughes on the first goal.
Chris Hein notched a man-down goal for the Fightin' Quakers to make the score 13-4.
Senior Jeff Simmons (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy) got in on the goal action as he put a shot in the back of the net, on a pass from Hughes. Rampi scored his first goal of the game with just over five minutes left in the half.
After Delaney scored for Wilmington, Rampi closed out the half with his second goal of the game, which came a man-up.
In the third frame, the Crusaders managed to put up six goals and held the Fightin' Quakers scoreless. Hughes found O'Callaghan for their second connection of the game. Freshman Nick Latshaw (Elmira, N.Y. / Elmira) tallied his second goal of his career. Junior Jordan Gush (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads) scored three of Cap's next four goals and was assisted by freshman Talbott Gottwals (Columbia, Md. / Atholon). Junior Josh Tomsich threw in an unassisted goal.
In the final quarter of the game, Wilmington scored three of the four goals scored.
Rampi scored the lone goal in the fourth for Cap and was assisted by freshman Carter McCormick (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads).
Delaney led the Fightin' Quakers with two goals and three assists. Paul Koerbel was given the loss in net for Wilmington. As a team, the Fightin' Quakers were 14-of-21 on clears.
The Crusaders won more face offs, 18-16, and forced more turnovers, 24-18. Cap outshot Wilmington, 53-31. Capital made 25 successful clear attempts on 28 tries. Both teams went 3-for-7 on man-up opportunities.
O'Callaghan's seven goals ties his previous career-high that he set against Defiance in 2015. He added one assist for eight points. Gush, Rampi and Hughes all totaled three goals each. Hughes tied a game-high three assists.
Freshman Tyler Faig (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) had a game-high eight ground balls and won 18-of-28 face offs. Bonsignore had a game-high of three caused turnovers.
Junior Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio / Olentangy) got the win in goal for Cap. Palmby made 11 saves and added two ground balls.
The victory puts Capital at 5-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference and 8-5 overall. Cap is now in a tie for third place with Otterbein University and holds the tie breaker. The Crusaders return to the field on Saturday as they round out the season at Ohio Northern University. Game time is set for 1 p.m. A win against ONU would solidify a No. 3 seed in the OAC Tournament.