Cap Falls to Mount Union in Overtime Thriller

Cap Falls to Mount Union in Overtime Thriller

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's lacrosse team hosted the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union Friday night at Bernlohr Stadium. Kara Hines posted a game-high five goals, in the 10-9 overtime loss.

With just three ticks left on the clock, junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) notched a game-tying goal to send the game to overtime.

With 27 seconds left on the clock in the first overtime, Alyssa Rydell scored the game-winning goal for Mount Union.

Senior Korri Titus (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) put the Crusaders on the board first, with a free position shot after being fouled in the shooting area.

After a Mount Union goal tied the game at 1-1, Hines put Cap back on top with an unassisted goal.

The Purple Raiders closed the first half out as they scored five unanswered goals. Mount Union scored a sixth consecutive goal on an empty net free position shot. The net was empty because Maddie Wilson was called for a foul inside the shooting area and was sent behind Ashley Bernardi.

Capital did not give up and responded with a 6-0 run of its own and reclaimed the lead, 8-7. Sophomore Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio / Cardinal Mooney) started the run as she converted on a free position shot attempt. Hines achieved her second goal of the game as she put a shot in the back of the net. Ozenghar struck again as she took a pass from junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) and ripped a shot past the keeper. Hanood laced a shot high and beat the goalie for the fourth goal of the run. Hines scored the final two goals of the run. Hines' first goal was on a free position shot and the second was assisted by Hanood.

The Purple Raiders tied the game, 8-8, on a Katie Elder goal that was assisted by Mackenzie Pensyl.

With 5:31 left on the clock, senior Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) made a spectacular save as she dropped into a split and stopped a Pensyl free position shot.

Rydell put Mount Union back on top with a goal that was assisted by Elder.

Nikki Bonaduce made nine saves for her seventh win of the season. Rydell and Elder both had three goals to lead Mount. Amy Slusher led the Purple Raiders with four draw controls.

The Purple Raiders forced 21 Cap turnovers, as Capital forced 18. Mount outshot Cap, 20-19. Mount Union converted on 16-of-21 clears and went 2-for-4 in free position shots.

The Crusaders successfully cleared 12-of-19 chances and scored on 3-of-8 free position shots. Capital scooped up more ground balls, 22-17, and won more draw controls, 11-10.

Hines posted a perfect night offensively as she posted five goals on five shots. Hines also secured four draw controls. Ozenghar finished with two goals and added three draw controls. Wilson, Hines, Titus, and senior Alexis Juergensen (Canton, Ohio / Jackson) all tied for a team-high three ground balls. Juergensen, Hines and Wilson each forced two turnovers.

With the loss, Cap falls to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in OAC action. The Crusaders look to bounce back next Saturday when they return to action as they travel to Heidelberg University. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.