By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University men's lacrosse fans can now begin updating their spring calendars. The Crusaders have revealed its 2018 schedule, which includes seven homes games and two conference champion opponents.
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Capital comes off its third straight 10-win campaign and second trip to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, which ended in a loss to John Carroll University. This year, the Crusaders have loaded up its schedule to better prepare for its return trip to the conference tournament.
The season will begin with a tour of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Capital will play a school from its sister conference in each of its first four games with two being played on the road and two at Bernlohr Stadium. The season opener will feature a battle between two purple and white teams when the Crusaders seek its first win over Kenyon College on Feb. 24 in Gambier.
The Crusaders will welcome DePauw University (Ind.) for their home opener at Bernlohr Stadium on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The College of Wooster will serve as Cap's host on March 7, leading up to a home bout with Wittenberg University on March 14. Of the four NCAC schools, Wittenberg was the best among them after they finished 9-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
Adding to its nonconference strength of schedule will be Alma College (Mich.) and defending Ohio River Lacrosse Conference champion Transylvania University. Alma, which advanced to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament championship game, will come to Bernlohr Stadium on March 17. Cap will then head south to play Transy in Lexington, Ky. four days later. Those teams combined for an overall record of 25-10.
The OAC schedule kicks off on March 24 and continues what will be a three-game road stand leading into the month of April. Capital will open the conference slate with two tough opponents, the defending OAC champion John Carroll Blue Streaks and rival Otterbein University.
April brings with it Cap's first home conference game when they welcome another OAC Tournament qualifier from a year ago, Baldwin Wallace University. The Yellow Jackets bested Capital in the 2017 regular season, but then were handily turned away on its home turf as part of the Crusaders' charge into the conference championship game.
Four of Capital's six games in April will be played at home with the University of Mount Union (April 14), Wilmington College (April 25) and Ohio Northern University (April 28) serving as its opponents.
OAC Coach of the Year Dom Marzano, now in his second season, returns two of the team's three all-region picks from a season ago, led by attackman Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy). Three of Capital's seven all-conference selections from a year ago will return, including sophomore attacker C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills).