Women's Lacrosse Posts Sixth Win in First Seven Contests

(Jeff Mills photo)
(Jeff Mills photo)


BETHANY, W.Va. – Yet another lopsided victory for the Capital University women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon, as they defeated Franciscan 17-2 in a non-conference matchup.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Franciscan University, but was moved to Bethany College as a result of unsafe field conditions following inclement weather.

Capital again got off to a strong start in the contest, tallying four goals before the Barons managed to notch their first score.

Freshman Miranda Stellini (Dublin, Ohio) inked the scoreboard first on an unassisted score, giving the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead at the 28:31 mark of the opening half.

Less than 40 seconds later, sophomore Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) added another unassisted goal to increase Capital's lead to 2-0.

Following Stellini's second score of the game off an assist by freshman Marlee McCloud (Milford, Ohio) at the 23:23 mark, Franciscan tallied its lone goal of the first half with 22:19 remaining in the opening half of play, before Capital retaliated with five unanswered goals before halftime.

Hoerauf found the back of the net for her second goal of the contest off an assist by McCloud, while Stellini then followed with her second score on the afternoon on an unassisted goal at the 19:54 mark.

Again Hoerauf scored at the 16:15 mark of the first half, recording her third goal, as freshman Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio) recorded her first assist of the game. Sophomore Conner Quick (Grove City, Ohio) and freshman Emma Schaefer (Hilliard, Ohio) then got in on the scoring run, posting the Crusaders final two goals in a dominating 8-1 first half of play.

The second half of play featured eight unanswered Capital goals, as six different Crusaders tallied at least one goal in the period.

Schaefer opened the second half with her second score of the day, this time coming off a free position shot, increasing Capital's lead to 9-1 less than a minute into the final half.

Less than three and a half minutes later, Hoerauf recorded her fourth goal of the game on an unassisted shot at the 25:50 mark, while Titus notched her first goal on the afternoon just under three minutes later.

Titus then switched roles, assisting Hoerauf on her fifth goal of the contest, while freshman Sarah Jones (Bexley, Ohio) netted Capital's fifth goal of the half, increasing its lead to 13-1 with 16:28 remaining in the game.

Back-to-back scores by Titus, the second off McCloud's third assist, then inflated the Crusaders lead to 15-1 with 8:38 remaing in the contest, while scores by Quick, a late goal by the Barons, and Hoerauf's career and game-high sixth goal, earned Capital a 15 point road victory.

Freshman goalie Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) earned her sixth victory in goal, saving six of eight shots on goal in the game. 

As a team, the Crusaders tallied 16 caused turnovers on the Barons, three apiece for Hoerauf and junior Ashley Weethee (Hilliard, Ohio).

This is the Crusaders third win in their first seven contests in which they held their opposition to four goals or less, as they limited the Barons just a pair of scores in today's match. In Capital's two matchups this season against Franciscan, they outscored the Barons a combined 33-5. 

With the win, Capital (6-1 overall) is now set for a one-game home stand next Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium, as they host Hilbert (N.Y.) in a 12 p.m. start time.