Capital Men’s Lacrosse Falls in Season Opener Despite Furious Comeback Attempt

Pictured: Teddy Crites (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Teddy Crites (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

GAMBIER, Ohio – Taking on a tough opponent in its season-opening match, Capital University Men's Lacrosse fell to Kenyon College 14-11 on Saturday.

Kenyon started the game with three-straight goals in a span of three minutes in the first quarter. Capital's first goal of the year came from the stick of senior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) with eight and a half minutes left in the first but the Lords responded two minutes later and led 4-1 after one.

The Lords extended their lead to 6-1 in the second but the Crusaders refused to quit. Capital went on a 4-1 run to end the quarter. Sophomore C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) scored the first in the barrage with the assist from O'Callaghan. Senior Teddy Crites (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) continued the run with three goals before the period came to a close; two unassisted and one with help from sophomore Adam Reiger (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and Capital trailed only 7-5.

Kenyon re-established the lead with three goals to one in the third and led 10-6 entering the final quarter. Jonah Florence scored to open the fourth but four Capital goals narrowed the gap to 11-10 in the span of four minutes. Crites and Hughes each added another and senior Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint) scored twice. Just as Capital had, Kenyon responded and went on a 3-0 run to lead 14-10. O'Callaghan scored again with three minutes left but Capital was shut out for the rest of the contest.

Crites led all scorers with five goals and six points. O'Callaghan, Paull and Hughes each finished with two scores. Both Pierce Kraft and Jonah Florence each scored four goals for Kenyon and Florence assisted on two more scores. The Lords outshot Capital 44-29 and the Crusaders scored on one of their six attempts with the man-advantage.

Senior goalkeeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made seven saves against 21 shots on goal. Reed Levesque made four saves against 15 shots on goal. The Crusaders were more successful at limiting turnovers than Kenyon, winning that battle 19-24.

 The Crusaders will have a few days to prepare for their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 28 against DePauw University. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium.