By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Lacrosse continued its best-ever start to the season on Saturday with a 9-8 win over John Carroll University and in the process set a new program record with 10 consecutive wins. The Crusaders are now 10-1 overall this season and 4-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Both defenses stepped up to start the game as neither team was able to find the back of the net until the Blue Streak struck first with only two minutes left in the first quarter.
The second quarter was almost as defensive as the first with only two goals scored, both by Capital. Luke Wyatt (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) got the Crusaders on the board and tied the game at the 13:27 mark and then Capital took the lead thanks to a score by Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa./Greensburg Central) with 8:11 left in the half.
Capital took only 12 first-half shots and John Carroll took 16.
The offense picked up in the second half as the two teams combined to score 10 goals in the third quarter. Jack Scharner (Maineville, Ohio/King's) got things started to put Capital up 3-1 but Evan Scheeberger pulled it back just six seconds later.
The Crusaders then scored three straight with goals from Carter McCormick (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads), CJ Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and Wyatt again to go up 6-2. John Carroll scored three more times in the period but Hughes scored his second of the game and Ed Carroll (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) delivered a goal for Capital and the Crusaders led 8-5 with 15 minutes to play.
In the fourth quarter, the Blue Streaks made it a one-goal game at the 7:18 mark thanks to two goals from Brendan Whitty. Wyatt completed his hat trick though with 2:45 left in the game to give the Crusaders some breathing room. JCU scored again with 1:33 left but Capital's defense held strong and Capital goalie T.J. Johnson (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) made two saves inside one minute to seal the historic win.
Johnson was stellar in goal once again for the Crusaders with 13 saves. This was his eighth game of the season with at least 10 saves. John Carroll's two goalies made 11 combined saves, six by JP Chinelly in 23 minutes.
Wyatt led Capital with three goals and Hughes scored twice. Scharner tied Hughes with two points, a goal and an assist.
Capital ended the game with 34 shots to JCU's 31 and Capital picked up 18 ground balls to John Carroll's 16. The Crusaders had only 17 turnovers compared to 20 for the Blue Streaks.
Capital will be back in action going for an 11th straight win on Wednesday, April 10 at home against Heidelberg University. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time at Bernlohr Stadium.