COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Lacrosse punched its ticket for the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament following a big 17-3 win over Wilmington College on Wednesday night. Capital improved to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play as they head into Saturday's regular season finale at home versus Ohio Northern University.
Capital's win seals its place into next week's OAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament. They will battle for the tournament's third seed this weekend. Win a win over Ohio Northern, it will seal Capital's place for that spot. Should they lose on Saturday and John Carroll University defeats Otterbein University on Saturday, the Crusaders would serve as the four seed. Capital and JCU currently share a 5-2 conference record, but the Purple and White hold the season tiebreaker via head-to-head record with its win over John Carroll earlier this season.
Wednesday night's contest versus Wilmington (2-13, 1-6 OAC) displayed a quick-hitting offense and an aggressive defense that prevented the Fightin' Quakers from getting into any sort of groove. Capital scored 10 unanswered goals before the midway point of the first half, led by junior Taylor Thomas' three goals. Six different Capital players scored goals during that run, which spanned 13:02.
Wilmington's Clara Blaine broke up that streak and scored the team's first goal with 11:07 to go in the first half. Senior Kori Titus (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) then scored back-to-back goals in 1:10, followed by freshman Brianna Rampi's goal to close out the half's scoring.
Capital pulled in the reigns on the offense a bit, though junior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) scored twice more before game's end. Sophomore Taylor Barclay scored Capital's final goal, which was her eighth of the season.
Hines finished with a team-high four goals, plus added two ground balls and two draw controls. Hines now has eight hat tricks this season and has hit that mark in three straight games. Over her last three contests, she has scored 17 goals.
Titus joined Thomas and Hines by achieving her third hat trick of the season.
Junior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) posted a team-high six points behind two goals and a team-leading four assists. She also picked up four ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Additional notable performances came from sophomore Mackenna Ozenghar (2g, 2a) and junior Victoria Hussain (1g, 3a) who finished with four points, each.
Cap held advantages over Wilmington in ground balls (25-15), shots (31-6) and draw controls (16-6). Capital's defense forced Wilmington to turn the ball over 25 times and held the Quakers to 5-of-16 on clear attempts.
Capital will play Ohio Northern at Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m. They will honor its first full senior class prior to the game on its first Senior Day. Live stats and video will be available for the game at athletics.capital.edu.