ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season in St. Petersburg, Fla. against Cabrini University on Tuesday morning. Cabrini provided a great opening day challenge, but the Purple and White fell one goal short in a 12-11 loss to the Cavaliers. The Crusaders will play one more match this Thursday against Johnson and Wales University.
Only once did Capital trail Cabrini by more than two goals, and that deficit last just six minutes before the Crusaders answered with three unanswered goals to tie the game. After Liz Hoeffner scored with 15:51 remaining in the first half to put Cabrini up 6-3, freshman Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) drove and scored, more importantly beginning a streak of five consecutive Capital goals.
Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) cut the deficit to one goal, and just 1:30 after her goal, two-time OAC Player of the Year Kara Hines tied the game up at six goals each. Her goal was the first of a team-high four goals, and came from a feed from Ozenghar.
Out of the locker room, Capital continued scoring with goals from sophomore Taylor Barclay (Granville, Ohio/Granville) and Walton. Up 8-6, Cabrini answered with four straight goals of its own. The run was capped off by a goal by Jess Breuning's 100th career goal.
Down but not out, Capital kept answering the bell. Hines scored her fourth and final goal from Regan Hanood to make for a one-goal game. Three different times, Capital came within one goal of Cabrini three different times in the final 15:30 of the game, but was unable to complete the comeback.
Cabrini came into the game with a 0-1 record, but more notably as the five-time defending Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) champion. Avery Murphy finished the day with four goals and one assist to lead the Cavaliers.
Hines and Ozenghar led Cap with four points, each. Hines accumulated four goals while Ozenghar posted two goals and two helpers.
Cabrini's offense tested Capital goalkeeper Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) often, posting 36 shots against. The senior made 24 saves, a new career high, for a save percentage of .667 on the day.
Capital will play one more contest in St. Petersburg, Fla. before week's end. The Purple and White will take on the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats. The Wildcats come off a win in their season opener against UMass-Dartmouth, 16-4. Last season, JWU went 13-6 overall and went to their conference finals.