COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's lacrosse team played its home opener tonight, against the Tigers of Wittenberg University. Kathryn Walton set a new career-high with six goals, to lead all scorers, in Cap's 16-10 victory.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead as they scored with just over 28 minutes left in the first half.
Freshman Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) scored her first goal of the game and tied the game less than a minute after Wittenberg's goal.
The Tigers scored two consecutive goals and extended their lead to two goals.
Senior Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) entered the attacking zone from the far side of the field and made her way in front of the Wittenberg net. She then took a shot from point blank range and beat the keeper near post.
The Tigers added another goal, before junior Victoria Husain (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) found Walton, whom ripped one past the keeper to pull Cap within one.
Becca Joseph put Wittenberg up by two when she found a loose ball in front of the net and was able to score.
Titus found junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) for Hines' first goal of the game. Hines would then find the back of the net again. This time, she beat the keeper far, low post. Husain picked up the assist and Cap had tied the game again.
After the Tigers took a 6-5 lead, junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) wheeled around from behind the net and beat the keeper to the high, far post to tie the game before halftime.
Titus put Capital up by two goals after she converted on two separate free position shots.
Joseph got another goal to bring Wittenberg within one, but a foul on the Tigers gave Walton a free position opportunity. Walton took the free position from the far side of the field and beat the keeper to the five-hole.
Gabrielle Zysik picked up back-to-back goals and allowed Wittenberg to tie the game at 9-9.
The Crusaders went on a 4-0 run that was started by Titus on a free position shot, where she beat the goalie to the far post. Titus struck again on a free position. This time she had to fight through three defenders and beat the Tiger goaltender far high post. Walton beat the netminder to the low left side on a free position shot. Walton then took another free position shot and placed one right through the wickets of the keeper.
Wittenberg picked up its last goal at the 7-minute mark, when Emily Wadds beat the Cap goalie, on a pass from Haley Schroeder.
Walton notched her sixth goal of the game just before two minutes left in regulation. Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) went top shelf for a free position shot goal on the man-up, after Rachel Bernard picked up a red card. With nine seconds left in regulation, Ozenghar found freshman Brianna Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby) who buried a shot in the back of the net.
Senior Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) improved to 4-1 in the net as she earned the victory. She stopped five shots, picked up a game-high four ground balls, and caused two turnovers.
The Cap defense forced 16 turnovers, led by senior Shannon Walton (Fairview, Ohio / Magnificat) with a team-high four caused turnovers. Fellow senior Alexis Juergensen (Canton, Ohio / Jackson) finished with three caused turnovers.
Hines produced a game-high nine draw controls and added three ground balls. Kathryn Walton finished the game with six goals and Titus chipped in with five goals.
As a team, Capital outshot Wittenberg 34-19. Cap collected more ground balls, 23-22, and forced 22 Tiger turnovers. The Crusaders converted 16-of-21 clear attempts, whereas the Tigers were successful on 13-of-16 attempts.
With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 4-1 on the season. Capital returns to action this Saturday as it travels to Berea, Ohio, for the Ohio Athletic Conference opener against John Carroll University. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.