Crusaders Remain Undefeated in Comeback Fashion

Freshman goalie Maddie Wilson. (Jeff Mills photo).
Freshman goalie Maddie Wilson. (Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's lacrosse team tallied its fourth straight victory to open up its inaugural season, defeating Mount St. Joseph 10-6 in comeback fashion on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Bernlohr Stadium.

Capital trailed through 4-0 through the first 26 minutes of play, before freshman midfielder Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio) ended the Crusaders scoring drought, finding the back of the net on an assist from classmate in midfielder Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio).

Walton then scored a goal of her own less than a minute later, slicing the ball past the Lions goalie to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Then with just under a minute left to play in the opening half, Titus tallied back-to-back goals, both unassisted, with the second coming off a free position shot with six seconds remaining before halftime.

At the half, the Crusaders had scored four unanswered goals to tie the game at four apiece, taking a 17-12 advantage in shots at the break.

As the second half of play unfolded, junior attack Carly Pries (Hilliard, Ohio) gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game on a free position shot at the 26:54 mark. The Lions followed with two unanswered goals in the span of less than a minute, regaining the lead at 6-5.

However, Capital managed to manufacture five straight unanswered goals to end the game, all but one coming off assists.

Freshman attack Marlee McCloud (Milford, Ohio) posted back-to-back assists on goals from classmate and fellow attack Miranda Stellini (Dublin, Ohio), followed by the Crusaders seventh goal by Walton, helping Capital regain its lead at 7-6 with 15:12 remaining in the second half.

Walton and Titus then followed with unassisted goals in a span of 24 seconds, increasing the Crusaders lead to 9-6 over the Lions. Titus then found Stellini for her second goal of the game with 5:56 left in the game, proving to be the final goal of the contest.

For the game, Capital outshot Mount St. Joseph 36-27, while also forcing them into 26 turnovers on the afternoon.

Freshman goalie Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) tallied 16 saves on a total of 22 shots faced in goal, earning her fourth win in as many games.

Leading the way for the Crusaders on offense was Titus, recording four goals on 12 total shots, while Walton followed with three scores of her own on 10 shots.

The Crusaders defense was a major factor in the victory as well, as Walton, junior defender Melissa Verhoff (Ottawa, Ohio), and sophomore midfielder Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) combined for 14 of Capital's 22 caused turnovers.

With the win, Capital (4-0 overall) is now set to open up their first road trip of the season, as they travel to Thiel (Pa.) this coming Saturday for a 4 p.m. start time in Greenville, Pa.