ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Capital University women's lacrosse team was defeated 14-4 in the program's first-ever varsity Ohio Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Mount Union Stadium.
Following a quick score less than 30 seconds into the first half of play, sophomore midfielder Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) tied the game at one goal apiece on an unassisted shot at the 21:36 mark of the opening half.
However, the Crusaders then surrendered seven straight unanswered goals, falling behind 8-1 heading into the halftime break.
At the half, Mount Union was outshooting Capital 16-8, while also holding a 9-1 lead in draw control victories.
As the second half of play unfolded, the Crusaders allowed four straight unanswered goals to Mount Union through the first 5:02 of the second half, as the Purple Raiders piled on a 12-1 lead.
Capital was then able to catch a moment of fire offensively, as Hoerauf and freshman midfielder Marlee McCloud (Milford, Ohio) scored back-to-back goals, cutting the deficit to 12-3 with 8:41 left to play in the second half.
The Purple Raiders then tacked on a goal of their own just over a minute later, while Hoerauf scored her third and the Crusaders final goal of the contest at the 4:49 mark. Mount Union added a late goal with just over 30 seconds remaining in the final half, eventually taking a 10 point OAC home victory.
In total, the Crusaders were outshot 25-18, while forcing the Purple Raiders into 10 turnovers for the game.
Leading the Way for the Crusaders was Hoerauf, who scored a trio of unassisted goals on the afternoon, while McCloud tallied the other goal for Capital on a man-up opportunity.
Freshman Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio) led the Crusaders with eight shots, while Hoerauf and Walton each followed with three apiece.
With the loss, Capital (8-2 overall, 0-1 OAC) is now set to host the team's first-ever varsity OAC home contest as they welcome in Wilmington this coming Wednesday for a 4 p.m. start at Bernlohr Stadium.