Cap Dominates Rival Otterbein in Blowout Win

Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University women's lacrosse team took to the field Sunday afternoon as they traveled to rival Otterbein University. The Crusaders defeated the Cardinals 15-4 and were led by Makenna Ozenghar's career performance of five goals.

Junior Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio / Jackson) started the scoring when she beat the keeper. Junior Victoria Husain (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) assisted on the goal.

Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) notched her first goal of the game when she converted on a free position shot, on the man-advantage.

Junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) scored Cap's third consecutive goal of the game, with just under 20 minutes left in the first half.

Husain picked up her second assist on the day when she found Ozenghar with 17:27 left in the stanza. Ozenghar struck again, this time she was assisted by freshman Brianna Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby).

Just 14 seconds later, Hanood scored an unassisted goal to put Cap on top, 6-0. Hanood assisted on the next Capital goal, when she found junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne).

With just under 10 minutes to play in the first frame, Ozenghar tallied her fourth goal of the game and her number 13 on the season.

After a yellow card on the Cardinals' Izzy Naumovski, Rampi grabbed her first goal of the game, a man-up, and extended the Crusaders lead to 9-0. Hanood closed out the scoring in the first half when she scored a man-up goal with just three ticks left on the clock. 

Senior Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) stopped 7-of-9 Otterbein shots to preserve a shut out in the first half of play. The other two Cardinal shots were off target.

Otterbein finally got on the board in the second half when Naumovksi scored an unassisted shot.

The Crusaders scored the next four goals over a span of almost eight minutes. Husain scored on a free position shot. Hines followed with a goal, before Husain scored again. Hanood assisted on both of those goals. Senior Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) earned her first point of the game when she assisted on a Thomas goal.

The Cardinals made the score 14-2 when Jamie Kuder connected with Ema Pusecker with 14.45 left in the game.

Hanood assisted on Cap's final goal of the game when she found Ozenghar for her fifth goal on the day.

Otterbein scored the final two goals of the game. Katy Williams scored both of the Cardinals' goals.  Katy Williams led Otterbein with two goals. Tasha Williams made nine saves in net for the Cardinals.

Ozenghar set a career-high with five goals, which was also a game-high. Hanood finished with three goals while Hines, Husain, and Thomas all had two goals. Hanood added a game-high four assists. Hines collected a game-high seven draw controls and picked up a team-high five ground balls.

Wilson notched her seventh win in goal for Cap as she stopped nine Otterbein shots.

As a team, Cap dominated by winning a majority of the stat categories. The Crusaders forced 25 turnovers compared to the 23 forced by the Cardinals. Capital had the upper hand in draw controls, 14-7, and scooped up more ground balls, 33-20. Cap converted on 3-of-8 free position shots while Otterbein was unable to convert on any of its attempts. Capital had more successful clear attempts, 11-10. The Crusaders outshot the Cardinals, 33-15. The only category that Cap did not win ended as a tie between both teams with nine saves.

With the victory, Cap improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Crusaders return home Wednesday night as they host Ohio Wesleyan University for just the second home game on the season. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.