Crusaders Fall in Regular Season Finale

Junior attack Carly Pries. (Jeff Mills photo).
Junior attack Carly Pries. (Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's lacrosse team suffered a tough 13-12 loss to Baldwin Wallace on Saturday afternoon in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium.

Capital (10-4 overall, 1-3 OAC) also wrapped up its inaugural regular season in the final home game of the regular season, as the OAC Tournament begins on Apr. 29. The Crusaders have earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will travel to No. 1 seeded Mount Union next Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a semifinals matchup in Alliance, Ohio.

Both teams traded goals through the first eight minutes of play, while after another score by the Yellow Jackets, the Crusaders posted four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead with 8:10 remaining in the opening half.

The Crusaders then surrendered another goal to the Yellow Jackets, before responding just over 20 seconds later with a goal of their own to pad the lead at 6-3 with 5:19 left in the first half.

Another series of traded goals by both teams gave Capital a 7-4 lead with 1:41 remaining, while Baldwin Wallace tacked on back-to-back scores just before halftime, cutting their deficit to 7-6 at the break.

As the second half of play unfolded, the Crusaders got on the board again quickly, increasing their lead to 8-6 just 3:15 into the second half. Baldwin Wallace then recorded four unanswered goals over a span of 3:35, taking a 10-8 lead with 22:44 left in the final half.

Capital then retaliated with three scores of its own, retaking the lead at 11-10 with 11:40 remaining in the final period.

Over five minutes passed until the next goal, as the Yellow Jackets found the back of the net at the 6:18 mark to tie the game at 11 apiece, while the Crusaders responded nearly three minutes later to regain the lead at 12-11 with 3:39 left in the half.

However, the Crusaders then surrendered two unanswered goals from the Yellow Jackets over the final 3:39 of play, both scored in a span of 16 seconds, as Capital fell one goal shy of a victorious regular season finale.

As a team, Capital was outshot by Baldwin Wallace 31-26, while forcing the Yellow Jackets into 35 turnovers.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was sophomore midfielder Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) and freshman midfielder Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio), who both scored four goals apiece. Hoerauf also recorded five caused turnovers for the game as well.

Freshman midfielder Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio) followed with two goals, two assists, six ground balls, and four caused turnovers.

Sophomore attack Conner Quick (Grove City, Ohio) and freshman attack Marlee McCloud each tallied one goal apiece on the afternoon, while McCloud also picked up two assists.

Defensively, freshman Alexis Jurgensen (Canton, Ohio), juniors Melissa Verhoff (Ottawa, Ohio) and Ashley Weethee (Hilliard, Ohio), as well as sophomore Julie Duren (Union, Ohio), combined for 16 of the Crusaders 29 caused turnovers for the game.