COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Women's Lacrosse had now built a three-match winning streak following its 10-7 win over John Carroll University on Saturday evening. Junior Maddie Wilson also hit a milestone in her career with her final save of the night. The Crusaders are now one of two remaining undefeated teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference going into Wednesday's match with Wilmington College.
Senior Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) had a day with four goals and one assist to lead the Crusaders' offense. Three of her four points came in a first half in which Capital outscored John Carroll, 7-2. Hoerauf scored the match's first goal on a free position shot, her first of two on the evening.
Capital scored six straight goals to heighten its lead to five goals heading into the locker room, Of those seven, the Crusaders featured four different goal scorers including Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne), Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio), Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central), and Victoria Hussain (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South).
Ball control served a key to victory in the second half, leading to the Crusaders' win. They took 12-of-19 draw controls in the second half, forced nine JCU turnovers, and managed to keep the shot total level despite the Blue Streaks' attempts to push its offense forward.
Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) was instrumental in the win, making five saves on 12 shots faced. She helped hold the Blue Streaks to just one successful free position shot on four attempts and caused a turnover late in the second half that helped quell one of John Carroll's offensive drives. She also picked up three ground balls.
Wilson's final save of the evening also marked a milestone in the junior's career. She now has 300 career saves in 40 career matches, including 73 this season. She is four away from surpassing last season's save total and nearly halfway to her career-high 150 she set as a freshman in 2014.
After dropping three straight, Capital (8-3, 3-0 OAC) has turned around its fortunes at the right time by winning each of its last three games, all in conference. They are now one of two remaining unbeaten teams in OAC play, joining nationally-ranked Mount Union (4-0) in that category.
The Crusaders will play one last road game on Wednesday, April 20 at Wilmington College before hosting the last three regular season games of the season. The opening draw with the Quakers will take place at 7 p.m.