UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Capital University women's lacrosse team started the Ohio Athletic Conference portion of play with a 19-13 victory over the John Carroll University Blue Streaks. Kathryn Walton posted a game-high five goals.
The Blue Streaks scored the game's first goal. Capital did not seem to be fazed by the early deficit and tallied three consecutive goals. Freshman Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) scored Capital's first goal. Junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) picked up the assist. Kathryn Walton then found senior Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) and Titus was able to beat the goalie to give Cap its first lead of the game. Junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) assisted on Kathryn Walton's second goal of the game.
John Carroll was able to score back-to-back goals to tie the game at 3-3.
Kathryn Walton tallied two more goals in a span of just over a minute. The first goal was unassisted and the second was assisted by Hanood. Hines put Capital up by three with an unassisted goal of her own.
The Blue Streaks pulled within two goals, but Hines buried a shot in the back of the net to extend Cap's lead back to three goals.
Meghan Harte scored two goals in a row for John Carroll to cut Capital's lead to one, 7-6.
Titus scored a goal and then assisted on a Kathryn Walton goal to put the Crusaders back on top by three.
Harte scored another goal for the Blue Streaks with three minutes left in the first half. That was plenty of time for Hines to put a shot past the keeper to give Capital a 10-7 lead as the game headed to halftime.
John Carroll managed to score the first two goals of the second and pulled within one.
Thirty seconds after the JCU second goal, freshman Brianna Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby) scored her first goal of the game and stopped the Blue Streak run.
After a slashing penalty on John Carroll's Gina Vilsack put the Crusaders on the man-up, Hanood beat the JCU goaltender for the man-up goal. Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) got involved in the scoring and put Cap up 13-9. Hanood then found junior Victoria Husain (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) for Husain's first goal of the season.
Grace Curatolo scored and brought John Carroll within four goals, but junior Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio / Jackson) assisted on a Hines goals which put Cap back on top by five goals.
After a yellow card by the Blue Streaks' Jenna Kaczmarczyk put the Crusaders a man-up, Thomas capitalized on a free position shot for the man-up goal.
John Carroll scored a man-up goal off of a free position shot from the stick of Curatolo to make the score 16-11. Less than a minute later, Vilsack scored a goal to pull JCU within four.
Senior Shannon Walton (Fairview Park, Ohio / Magnificat) grabbed her first goal of the season, which came off of a free position shot. Titus picked up another assist when she found Hanood for the goal.
Vilsack scored the last goal for the Blue Streaks with 3:25 left in regulation.
Ozenghar picked up her second goal of the game off of a free position shot, on the man-up advantage. This made the final score 19-13 in favor of Capital.
Megan Sarles picked up the loss for John Carroll. The Blue Streaks tallied more ground balls than Cap did, 19-14, and won more draw controls, 20-14. Harte and Curatolo notched four goals each for JCU.
Senior Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) earned her fifth victory in goal for the Crusaders.
With her five goals, Kathryn Walton sits alone at the top of the OAC with 28 goals on the season. Hines finished the game with four goals and led the team with five draw controls. Ozenghar was a presence on both sides of the field. Ozenghar scored two goals, grabbed a team-high four ground balls, and caused a team-high three turnovers.
With the win, the Crusaders improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the OAC. Capital returns to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Gambier, Ohio. Cap will battle Kenyon College with the game scheduled for 7 p.m.