COLUMBUS – An ultra-fast start for the Capital University women's lacrosse team as they began their inaugural season on Saturday with a 16-3 victory over Franciscan.
Freshman Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio) inked the scoreboard just ten seconds into the game for the first-ever goal in program history. Walton converted three goals on four shots for the game.
The Crusaders then extended their lead to 2-0 at the 26:55 mark in the opening half, as sophomore Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) tallied one of her four goals on the afternoon.
Franciscan responded midway through the 23 minute mark, cutting the deficit to a one goal lead for Capital, before the Crusaders posted three unanswered goals in-a-row, inflating the score to 5-1 with just over 16 minutes left in the first half.
Over that span of three goals, Hoerauf and Walton each recorded their second goals of the game, before freshman Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio) notched her first goal of the season on a free position shot. Junior Carly Pries (Hilliard, Ohio) and Titus picked up assists on the first two goals, respectively.
Following a goal by the Barons with 10:47 left in the first period, neither team managed to find the back of the net for nearly 10 minutes, until Titus posted back-to-back goals with under a minute left, the second coming on an assist by Pries, sending the Crusaders into halftime with a 7-2 lead.
In the opening half, the Capital outshot Franciscan by a slim margin of 12-11, while also holding a 7-3 advantage in draw controls.
As the second half of play unfolded, the Crusaders scored nine unanswered goals through the first 25 minutes of play, allowing only one goal to the Barons in the final half.
Freshman Emma Shaefer (Hilliard, Ohio) opened the half with a goal at the 29 minute mark, assisted by Titus, while Hoerauf tallied another goal thirty seconds later on an assist from freshman Marlee McCloud.
Shaefer then scored her second goal in just over a minute on a free position shot, while McCloud found herself on the scoring end of the goal this time, extending the Capital lead to 11-2 with 25:26 remaining in the game.
Freshman Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio) then posted her first goal of the season at the 24:52 mark, as McCloud picked up her second assist, while sophomore Conner Quick (Grove City, Ohio) then found the back of the net just minutes later on an assist from freshman Miranda Stellini (Dublin, Ohio).
Titus then extended the Crusaders lead to 14-2 on a man-up goal at the 20:39 mark in the second half, before Hoerauf netted her final goal of the afternoon eight minutes later.
Stellini scored the final goal for Capital on the afternoon, firing a shot past the Barons goalkeeper for a 16-2 Crusader lead. Pries picked up her game-high third assist on that goal.
The Barons managed to tack on a late-game score with 39 seconds remaining in the second half, as the Crusaders opened up their first-ever varsity women's lacrosse season with a dominating 13 point win.
Hoerauf and Titus tied for the Crusaders lead in goals scored on the game with four, as both players combined for an 8-12 mark in shots scored on the afternoon.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) dominated in goal for Capital, stopping eight of 11 shots that she faced for the game.
As a team, the Crusaders outshot Franciscan 27-14 for the game, including a 16-5 advantage in draw controls for Capital.
With the win, Capital (1-0 overall) is now set to play host to Mount St. Joseph at 4 p.m. this coming Wednesday at Bernlohr Stadium.