ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Three different Capital University players recorded a hat trick and nine different players scored at least one goal as part of the women's lacrosse team's 19-5 win over Johnson & Wales University on Thursday morning. Kathryn Walton paced Cap with five scores, helping the Purple and White improve to 1-1 on the season.
Capital (1-1) burst out of the gate with a goal inside the first minute of play, scored by junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne). It served as the first of her game-high five goals on the day. Capital junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) doubled up the lead with the first of her two goals on the day.
The Wildcats (1-1) responded with a goal by Kayla Smith and returned fired follow Hines' second goal of the day to make for a 3-2 score near the 19-minute mark of the game. Capital then mounted an assault that resulted in nine unanswered goals by Capital.
Freshman Briana Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) scored her first collegiate goal to start the Capital run and added a second within that span. Fellow freshman Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) bookended the Crusaders' scoring streak with her second of five goals on the day.
Capital took a 13-3 lead into the locker room following junior Taylor Thomas' goal with 20 seconds remaining. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) did a bulk of her work in the first half, making four of her five total saves in the opening 30 minutes.
The first half stats displayed Capital's dominance in multiple categories including shots (18-8) and draw controls (12-4). Capital converted on 4-of-5 free position shots in the first half, helping build their lead.
Capital outscored Johnson & Wales in the second half, 6-2, leading to 19-5 final score in the Crusaders' favor.
Hanood had an seven-point day to lead Cap in that category. She accumulated that point total by scoring two goals and five helpers against the Wildcats. Hines and Walton each posted five points, with Hines scoring four goals and putting up one assist while Walton had a five-goal day. Hines also had a day on the draw, taking in 13 draw controls plus picking up two ground balls.
Capital will leave The Sunshine State with a 1-1 record and will spend next weekend in Michigan to play games in back-to-back days. They begin the stint against Hope College on Friday, March 10 and then will play Calvin College the following day.