By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University senior Brennan O'Callaghan opened the home schedule with pizazz, tying his own school record for goals in a game and helping the Crusaders earn their first win of the season. Capital defeated DePauw University (Ind.), 14-11, at Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium on Wednesday night.
Two major runs defined Wednesday night's home opener and both were crucial in fending off the Tigers. Though Capital's C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) kicked off the game's scoring, DePauw quickly struck back with three goals and kept CU off the board for more than 10 minutes of time. Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) ended the Tigers' stretch of success when he and Carter McCormick connected for Cap's second goal with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. That goal served as the first of six unanswered goals scored by the Crusaders.
Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho/Springboro) found the back of the net three minutes after turning the page on the quarter with a low, sweeping shot that beat the DePauw keeper. Then began the reemergence of the O'Callaghan-Hughes connection. Together, the duo scored three goals during Capital's run to bulk Capital's lead up to four, 7-3. In the middle of the run, freshman midfielder Josh Glaser (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) notched his first collegiate goal when his rocket shot hit off the goaltender and bounced into the cage.
Capital's defense stepped it up in the second quarter by shutting down DePauw completely. DePauw committed six turnovers in the frame, was held to just seven shots and was outdone in the ground ball category, 6-3. In addition, senior goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) made both stops he faced to keep the sheet clean in the quarter.
Similar to how the first half began, DePauw began to collect momentum with two goals to open the third quarter, but the Crusaders countered that with a second six-goal unanswered streak. The Capital defense clamped down and caused multiple turnovers, and with its fast-paced offense created multiple fast-break opportunities.
The Capital special teams also displayed great success after converting its only two man-up opportunities of the game. Hughes and O'Callaghan scored both of those tallies, sandwiching Teddy Crites' quick hitter off of a faceoff inside the final five minutes of the third quarter. The dust settled only after O'Callaghan scored his seventh goal of the game which tied his own school record. Capital went into the fourth quarter with a 14-6 advantage and the game well in hand.
DePauw used the fourth quarter to tag Capital with five goals to make it close, but still fell victim to the large deficit with which they entered the fourth quarter. Two of their five goals came while a man up, though Capital finished 3-for-5 on penalty kills.
O'Callaghan also posted three assists, good for a total of 10 points in the victory. That mark also tied his school record for points in a game which he set in 2015.
Hughes finished with three goals and three assists for six points. Three different Crusaders finished with three ground ball, each. Palmby ended the night with 16 saves on 27 shots faced.
Capital's win improves their overall record to 1-1. They will continue their unofficial tour of the North Coast Athletic Conference with a road game against The College of Wooster on Wednesday, March 7 before bringing the action back to Bernlohr Stadium when they host Wittenberg University on March 14.