No. 3 Capital Preps for Tournament Run, First Stop: Baldwin Wallace

No. 3 Capital Preps for Tournament Run, First Stop: Baldwin Wallace

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament is set to get underway on Tuesday, May 2. Capital University and Baldwin Wallace University will kick off the tournament at George Finnie Stadium with the semi-final round game beginning at 7 p.m.


What: OAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament – Semifinals
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017  |  7 p.m.
Where: George Finnie Stadium, Tressel Field  |  100 East Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio 44017
Links: Live stats  |  Video  |  OAC Tournament page


LEADING UP TO THE GAME

Capital has won five straight matches leading up to this game and seven of their last eight. Their lone lost … was to Baldwin Wallace on April 8. In three of those five wins in their ongoing streak, Capital has scored 20 or more goals, and in four of those five games they have beaten their opponent by at least 15 goals.

Baldwin Wallace has won four straight coming into the postseason and has lost only twice all season long. Its last loss came against OAC regular season champion John Carroll University, 10-8. Prior to that, the Yellow Jackets had not lost since opening day when they fell to NCAA Division I opponent Cleveland State University, 9-2. Most recently, Baldwin Wallace beat the University of Mount Union in a close 6-3 affair on the road.

THE LAST TIME THEY MET

These two teams met on April 8 and Baldwin Wallace defended its home field with a 10-4 win over Capital. Cap's offense stalled behind 15 turnovers and a minus-12 differential on ground balls. Baldwin Wallace fired 55 shots compared to Capital's 27. Junior goaltender Cole Palmby kept the Crusaders in the game with 19 saves, second most in a single game in program history.

Baldwin Wallace held a slim 2-1 lead toward the middle of the second quarter before rattling off three straight goals and scored six of the next seven over a 22-minute period of time spanning both halves. Cap's Danny Davide and C.J. Hughes made it a four-goal game heading into the fourth quarter, but Baldwin Wallace scored twice more and then outshot Cap 13-5 in the final frame to keep them off of the board.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cole Palmby | Jr., G

Cole Palmby will be vital to Capital's success but is playing some of the best lacrosse of his collegiate career. He is coming off back-to-back 10-plus save performances and made his 400th career save in the team's win over Ohio Northern, this weekend.  He is currently second in save percentage (.585) and fourth in goals-against average (7.91). Also on the defensive side is former Defensive Player of the Year, Tate Stover. The senior defenseman is in the top 10 for caused turnovers (22) and also has 26 ground balls as part of a defense that averages 7.64 goals against per game.

Offense drives Capital, and they have established they possess plenty of that. Brennan O'Callaghan continues to lead the conference with 52 goals, and also is third in points (66). He is in the midst of a run in which he has scored seven goals in a game twice and has 27 goals in his last five games (5.2 gpg). Opponents should not sleep on freshman attackman C.J. Hughes (45-12-57), who is also in the midst of an impressive run having scored 21 goals in his last five games. Sophomore Ryan Rampi has by far surpassed his career highs in all offensive categories and has a hat trick in each of his last two games.

Brennan O'Callaghan
Jr., A 

For Baldwin Wallace, their defense is even more stifling. They have allowed just 65 goals in 14 games (4.64 gpg) behind the strong goalkeeping play of junior Mike Dizonno and a defensive unit that allowed nearly one-fourth the shots against as its taken. In 10 games, Dizonno has allowed just 4.56 goals per game against and saved 58.5 percent of shots against. He has only been called upon to make 48 saves, and all BW goaltender combined have 91. Josh Greve leads the team with 26 caused turnovers and is third in ground balls (38).

Offensively, Mike Nanosky and Chad Steinwachs have near-identical lines with each sporting 28 goals and only one assist separating them. Steinwachs has 12 helpers to Nanosky's 11. Matt McDowell also is in the 20-goal club and has added 11 assists.

It all starts at the 'X', so watch the battle between BW's senior Alex Fioritto (167-267, .625) and Capital freshman Tyler Faig (181-310, .583) on the faceoff.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME

If you cannot make it to the game in Berea, live stats will be provided by Baldwin Wallace University. Click here for live stats.

Live video will also be available.

ADMISSION

Single Event/Championship - $8
Seniors (62)/Military - $6
OAC Students – Free
Non-OAC Students - $3

OAC lifetime passes will be honored for all championships (regular-season passes will not)