By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team put together its largest victory in program history on Wednesday night as part of Senior Day with a 28-4 victory over the Wilmington College Quakers. The Crusaders lit up the stat sheet and broke two scoring records as part of its lopsided win.
The entire senior class was placed in the starting lineup to begin the game and fittingly one of its own kicked off the scoring. Senior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) tallied the first goal off a pass from fellow senior Teddy Crites (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee). Crites then came right back to score a second just over one minute later to double up the lead.
Wilmington hung tough and tied the game, 3-3, with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter but then sophomore C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) put together back-to-back goals to begin Capital's massive breakaway. His first goal was far more traditional than the second. Ryan Rampi came in with a close-range shot that was blocked down by goaltender Jake Ladendorf, but his attempt to clear it downfield was met by Hughes who leaped and knocked the ball out of the air. The ball bounced behind Ladendorf, hit off his backside and trickled into the goal to put CU up 5-3.
With four goals to end the first quarter, the Crusaders took a 7-3 lead into the second frame. Capital then scored 13 times in the following quarter, creating a run of 17 unanswered goals to take a commanding 20-3 lead. The Capital defense pressured Wilmington into 10 turnovers in the second quarter while the Crusaders took care of the rock on its end with zero miscues.
The game featured many penalties between the two teams Capital committed seven penalties in the first half alone leading to two Wilmington man-up goals. However, in the Quakers' 11 extra-man chances they were held scored on nine of those.
The first Capital scoring record that fell came off the stick of O'Callaghan. He had twice tied the CU scoring record with seven goals in a game this season and he had accumulated that in the first half of Wednesday's contest. O'Callaghan did not start the second half but came back on as part of the man-up special teams crew. Shortly after a WC penalty expired he made the record-breaking shot that lead to his eighth goal of the game. That goal also served as his 11th point, which broke the single-game points mark.
Wilmington was able to muster just one goal in the second half, the first goal of the third quarter, and then was held without a score the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Capital reserves posted eight more goals.
Capital's 25th goal was special for two reasons. Goal number 25 set a new team single-game record for goals in a game. That goal was scored by senior Paul Warren (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and served as his first career goal. The goal was part of three straight man-up goals in the third quarter.
The single-game points record also fell as part of the win. It was previously 40, set versus Oberlin in 2017. The Crusaders tallied 41 points, the last coming on Nick Brandt's goal in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Senior goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Delaware) made seven stops on 11 shots while earning his ninth win of the season and his 42nd of his career.
Junior T.J. Johnson (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) stopped all five shots that landed on frame in his 21:10 of work.
Other notable performers include Hughes, who scored five goals and added two assists. Ryan Rampi scored three times and added one helper. Crites scored twice and tallied three assists. Also scoring was senior Nick Bonsignore (Auburn Township, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint), who posted a pair.
Wilmington's leading scorer was Jhordan Lang with two goals. His teammate, goaltender Jake Ladendorf, made 14 saves.