By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – On Wednesday morning, the Ohio Athletic Conference announced its men's lacrosse postseason accolades following the 2018 season. Capital University senior Brennan O'Callaghan was named OAC Offensive Player of the Year and was one of six Crusaders named to one of three all-conference teams.
For the second time in his career, senior Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was named Offensive Player of the Year. He was named OAC Co-Offensive player of the Year as a freshman in 2015, in addition to being named OAC Freshman of the Year.
O'Callaghan, who was also named First Team All-OAC for the fourth consecutive season, led the OAC in goals (66) and points (88) and played in just 14 of the team's 16 games due to an early injury. His goal and point counts both set new career highs while he also set a career low with just 19 turnovers. He also collected 24 ground balls and caused seven turnovers to accompany his 22 assists this season.
Over the course of the season, O'Callaghan tied his single-game scoring mark two times before finally breaking the record with eight goals in the team's win over Wilmington College on April 25. He hit milestone marks on the road after scoring his 200th career goal at John Carroll University (March 24) and then eclipsed 300 points at Heidelberg University (April 21) nearly one month later. He was twice named OAC Offensive Player of the Week and is a two-time USILA Team of the Week honoree.
Capital Men's Lacrosse was well-represented with a total of six all-conference selections between the first, second and third teams.
Joining O'Callaghan on the first team is senior goaltender Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Delaware), who is now a three-time First Team All-OAC pick and a four-time all-conference selection. Palmby made 140 saves and possessed a 48.6 percent save rate in his final campaign. He finished the year with a 10.45 goals-against average to help Capital obtain its fourth straight trip to the OAC Tournament.
Sophomore attacker C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and junior midfielder Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa./Greensburg Central) both earned Second Team All-OAC honors. Hughes finished in the top five in points (70), goals scored (48), shots (125) and shots on goal (78) in addition to placing eighth in assists (22). Hughes, an honorable mention pick as a freshman, once shared the program record for goals scored in a game (7) tallied against Muskingum University on April 11.
Naugle earned his first all-conference honor behind a 23-point season that was backed by 17 goals and six assists. As a two-way player, Naugle also tallied 32 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. He was also named team captain mid-season to solidify Capital's leadership for this and next season.
Capital also had two honorable mention picks in sophomore Connor Ryan (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and Tyler Faig (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North). For both this marked their first all-conference award. Ryan served as a mainstay on Cap's defense with 44 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers in 15 games played. Those defenses supported by Ryan held opponents to six or fewer goals seven times this season.
Faig, a faceoff specialist, was third in the OAC in faceoffs won (185) and boasted a 52.0 percent success rate. One of his most notable performances was against Mount Union, which at the time housed a top-3 faceoff success rate, when Faig went 11-for-24 to give Cap the head start needed to claim victory. His best game came against Baldwin Wallace when he went 20-for-32.