HOLLAND, Mich. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team took to the field, as it traveled to Hope College, for the first game after the Florida trip. Cap was led by Kathryn Walton who tied a career-high five goals, in the 14-4 victory.
Freshman Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) found junior Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio / Jackson) who beat the keeper within the first minute of play. Cap took an early 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders scored again with 24:18 left in the first half. Walton beat the keeper after she received a pass from junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) to put Cap up 2-0.
Junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) extended the Capital lead to 3-0 when she scored with 21:16 left in the half.
After a penalty put Cap on the man-up, Walton scored her second goal of the half, just four seconds after the penalty on Hope.
At the half, Walton led all scorers with two goals. Senior Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) made one save in the first half. The Capital defense held Hope to just five shots, only one on net.
Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) started the second half scoring with an unassisted goal. Just over two minutes later, Walton picked up her third goal of the game and extended Capital's lead to 6-0.
After a goal by Alexandra Webb of Hope, Thomas picked up her second goal of the game to put Cap back up by six, 7-1. Webb struck again with her second goal of the game for Hope.
The Crusaders scored three unanswered goals after Webb's second goal. Ozenghar and Hines picked up unassisted goals, while Thomas was assisted by junior Victoria Husain (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South).
Webb tabbed her third unassisted goal of the game. Just over a minute later, Hines notched her third goal of the game and was assisted by Thomas. Hope scored its final goal with 10:48 left in the game and made the score 11-4.
Thomas tallied her fourth goal of the game and was assisted by Husain. Walton scored the final two goals of the game, with the last goal assisted by Husain.
For the game, Capital outshot Hope, 27-17. Cap held the slight advantage in groundballs, 9-8. The Crusaders made four clears on seven attempts. Wilson finished the game with six saves. Walton tied a career-high with five goals, and added one assist. Thomas added four goals and an assist. Husain had a game-high three assists.
Cap improved to 2-1 with the victory. The Crusaders return to action tomorrow as they battle the Knights of Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.