By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team made easy work of Heidelberg University on Saturday afternoon in a 21-4 victory at Hoernemann Stadium. Brennan O'Callaghan paced CU with a seven-point afternoon while 11 Crusaders hit the stat sheet in some form in the team's third consecutive win.
Capital (8-5, 4-2 OAC) scored the first four goals of the game and began the rally just 17 seconds into the contest with senior Teddy Crites' first goal of the game. Sophomore midfielder Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa./Greensburg Central) scored twice during that run before Heidelberg's Nick Selfridge put the Student Princes on the board.
The reigning OAC Player of the Week Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) scored three times before the first quarter came to a close, aiding in Capital's 8-2 advantage after the first 15 minutes. Also scoring multiple goals in the period was Naugle and Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint), each with two.
With his third goal of the period, O'Callaghan hit a milestone that no other Capital lacrosse player has yet to come close to. The senior entered the game with 297 career points and hit 300 before the close of the first. With a seven-point day, he now has 304 to date.
The Crusaders then turned up the defensive heat and kept Heidelberg scoreless in the second period of play. Meanwhile, Paull opened up the scoring run of eight tallies in the quarter, followed by Talbott Gottwals' first of two scores in the frame.
At one point, Capital had scored 12 unanswered goals between the first and third quarters before the hosts answered. Even as the Crusaders went on to benefit from 26 Heidelberg turnovers, it continued to use its offense to keep the ball away from its opponent. Cap outshot Heidelberg 72-29 and took care of the rock, turning it over just seven times over the course of the game.
Gotwalls tallied a career-high seven points behind three goals and four assists, matching O'Callaghan's team-high seven points in the game.
Tyler Faig went 11-for-20 in faceoffs, though the Student Princes won the battle at the X for the game, 16-12.
Senior Cole Palmby earned his eighth win of the season, making two saves in his 30 minutes of action. Sophomore T.J. Johnson (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) came in after the half and made a career-high seven saves on nine shots faced.
Capital has two games remaining, both at home. They will celebrate Senior Night on Wednesday night (7 p.m.) when the Crusaders host Wilmington College (4-8, 1-5 OAC) at Bernlohr Stadium.