Crusaders Set for First OAC Tournament

The Crusaders are set to make their first-ever appearance in the OAC Tournament in Tuesday's semifinals matchup at Mount Union. (Jeff Mills photo).
The Crusaders are set to make their first-ever appearance in the OAC Tournament in Tuesday's semifinals matchup at Mount Union. (Jeff Mills photo).

 

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The Capital University women's lacrosse team is set to make its first-ever appearance in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday evening, as they face Mount Union at 5 p.m. in Alliance, Ohio.

Capital (10-4 overall, 1-3 OAC) earned a No. 4 seed in the conference tournament after capping off an impressive inaugural season this past Saturday.

In their 10 wins this season, the Crusaders posted double-digit victories in seven of them, including their largest margin of victory in a dominating 25-5 win over Wilmington on Apr. 16 in the program's initial OAC regular season contest.

Furthermore, Capital is 10-1 this season when they score 10 or more goals, while having lost its four games by a combined total of 15 points.

Mount Union (13-2 overall, 3-1 OAC) will enter Tuesday's matchup as the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament, having the only loss on its conference record coming in an 11-10 defeat at Baldwin Wallace on Apr. 23.

A total of nine of the Purple Raiders 13 wins have come in double-digit fashion so far this season, while they have scored 20 or more goals in five of those victories.

In the two teams' meeting earlier this season on Apr. 12 at Mount Union Stadium, the Crusaders fell 14-4 in their first-ever varsity OAC contest.

Sophomore midfielder Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) scored three of Capital's four goals in the loss, while freshman attack Marlee McCloud (Milford, Ohio) recorded the other goal for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders were outshot 25-18 in the game, having forced the Purple Raiders into 10 turnovers, while Capital turned the ball over just 12 times. Mount Union also held a commanding 15-5 advantage in draw control victories in the game.

Since the two teams' last meeting, Capital has sported a 2-2 record, while Mount Union has posted a 2-1 record.

Common opponents for both teams include Franciscan, Thiel (Pa.), Wilmington, Baldwin Wallace, and Otterbein.

Capital and Mount Union both defeated Franciscan and Wilmington, while the Purple Raiders also proved victorious over Thiel and Otterbein. Both teams fell to Baldwin Wallace this past week.

The Crusaders are led offensively by freshman midfielder Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio), who currently places third in the conference in points (69), second in goals (54), and ninth in assists (15).

Fellow freshman and midfielder Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio) follows, ranking 12th in the OAC in points (45), 11th in goals (34), and 13th in assists (11). Walton has also made her mark defensively this season as well, ranking 16th in the NCAA Division III in caused turnovers per game (2.78).

Sophomore midfielder Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) has also made her mark on the field, tying for ninth place in the conference in goals (36), while also placing sixth in the OAC in caused turnovers per game (1.80).  

Freshman attack Marlee McCloud (Milford, Ohio) is currently second on the team in assists (13), good for an 11th place ranking in the OAC, while classmate and fellow attack Miranda Stellini (Dublin, Ohio) ranks in the top 20 in the conference in goals (22).

Classmate in goalie Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) has been stellar in goal so far this season for the Crusaders, placing third in the NCAA Division III in save percentage (.597) and seventh in goals-against average (6.20). Wilson currently leads the OAC in save percentage, saves (92), and saves per game (9.20).

As a team, the Crusaders currently rank fifth in all of Division III in caused turnovers per game (14.10) and 10th in scoring defense (6.20), while placing third in the OAC in scoring offense (12.70). Capital is 3-3 in road games this season.

Mount Union is led this season by sophomore attack Katherine Doraty (Medina, Ohio), who currently ranks first in the OAC in points (78), and third in goals (48) and assists (30).

Classmate in attack Susie Kraus (Sewickley, Pa.) follows, as she is currently tied for seventh place in the OAC in points (54) and 14th in goals (30), while having sole possession of fourth place in the conference in assists (24).  

Fellow sophomore in midfielder Taylor Pensyl (Kent, Ohio) follows in a ninth place tie in the conference in goals (36), while classmate in midfielder/attack Emily Bergert (North Canton, Ohio) sits in 14th place in the OAC in points (43), 16th in goals (29), and 10th in assists (14).

Sophomore goalie Casey McHenry (Hudson, Ohio) leads the Purple Raiders in the net this season, having posted a 12-2 record in goal, en route to a second place ranking in the OAC and 12th place ranking in all of Division III in goals-against average (6.48). McHenry also ranks third in the conference in save percentage (.445) and fourth in saves (53).

As a team, the Purple Raiders currently rank fourth in the NCAA Division III and first in the OAC in scoring offense (17.92), as well as seventh in the country and first in the conference in scoring defense (6.00). Mount Union is 7-0 in home contests this season.