The freshman class put on a show by scoring all nine of the Crusaders' goals. Victoria Husain (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) began Capital's early run of three unanswered goal with a tally inside the first minute of play.
Hines marked up the scoreboard twice inside a four-minute block to put the Crusaders up 3-0 before DePauw scored its first goal. The Columbus native scored once more before the close of the half.
After DePauw came back with three consecutive goals to tie the match, Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/North) began another scoring run for the Crusaders. Her first career goal was scored with 9:02 to go in the opening half and cleared the way for Hines to score less than a minute later and Husain to add her second goal of the game.
Up 6-4 at halftime, DePauw challenged Capital for the lead again by scoring the second half's opening goal, but Hines rose to the occasion and scored a goal while Capital was in a man-down situation to regain the two-goal advantage. She and returning all-conference midfielder Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio/North) connected for another goal to extend the Crusaders' lead to three.
After Hanhood scored the team's final goal with 9:21 to go, the defense clamped down to give Capital the win. Maddie Wilson made two of her seven saves in that time while the rest of the team caused five turnovers to prevent the Tigers from scoring again. Wilson finished the day with seven saves in a winning effort.
Hines and Wilson shared the team lead for ground balls with junior Julie Duren (Union, Ohio), all collected four each. Hines scored five goals in her debut with the Purple and White.
After winning their second season opener in as many years, Capital (1-0) will set sights on their next opponent, Franklin College. That match will be played on March 7 at Bernlohr Stadium.