By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse opened the 2019 campaign with a down-to-the-wire contest against Kenyon College. Unfortunately, the Crusaders came out on the wrong end of an overtime loss after falling to the Lords, 8-7.
T.J. Johnson (Champlin, Minn.) stood on his head in his first start for the Crusaders after making 15 saves, including two at point-blank range in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to preserve to send the game into overtime. He made two more saves in the extra session to extend Cap's life into the final minute of OT.
The game-winning goal was scored when left-hander Matt Pollack worked off a screen a fired a bounce shot off the turf from 10 yards out that nearly clipped Johnson's toe upon crossing the line but beat the senior to end the game with 33 seconds remaining on the clock.
The first half proved to be a defensive battle after the Lords took a 2-1 lead out of the opening quarter. After extending its lead to 3-1, Capital scored three unanswered goals from three different players - Talbott Gottwals, Ryan Rampi and Luke Wyatt (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro).
With a 4-3 lead coming out of the break, Barrett Naugle marked up the scoresheet with his first goal of the season to double up the lead. Kenyon fired back with a threesome of goals of their own to reclaim the lead, but Wyatt would come back to notch his second goal of the day to send the game into the fourth tied, 6-6.
Wyatt then completed the hat trick with a man-up goal in the waning seconds of technical pushing penalty committed by Patrick Coughlin. The lead stayed with Cap until Joe Woody struck for a second time with 2:34 remaining. Though Kenyon was knocking at Capital's door in the final seconds, Johnson came to the rescue with a pair of dynamic saves before the clock hit zero.
Woody led all scorers with four points on two goals and two helpers, while Wyatt scored more goals than anyone else on the field with three. Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) had a pair of goals for Cap.
Cap (0-1) will now prepare for a mid-week, nonconference road game at DePauw University on Wednesday, February 27. The Tigers and Crusaders will hit the X at 7 p.m. at Blackstock Stadium.