COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament is set to get underway on Wednesday, May 3. No. 3 Capital University and No. 2 Baldwin Wallace University will kick off the tournament at George Finnie Stadium with the semi-final round game beginning at 7 p.m. Each team is vying for the right to play in its second OAC Tournament championship match.
What: OAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament – Semifinals
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Where: George Finnie Stadium, Tressel Field | 100 East Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio 44017
Links: Live stats | Video | OAC Tournament page
LEADING UP TO THE GAME
Capital's only two conference losses this season come against teams that are ahead of them in the OAC team standings, and all three of Capital's losses have been in one-game games. Two of those losses came against defending conference champions, and the last of those three losses came in the first game after losing one of its strongest freshman scorers, Katherine Walton.
Capital has won each of its last three matches and all by at least 15 goals. The last game in which it won by fewer than 10 goals was a come-from-behind win at Kenyon College, 11-10, on March 29.
Baldwin Wallace is reeling from a devastating overtime loss to the University of Mount Union, 10-9, in its regular season finale. They went from being the No. 1 seed to sharing the conference regular season title with the Purple Raiders and dropping to No. 2 in the tournament seeding. Baldwin Wallace never led by more than two goals, and that was early in the second half. They trailed by one with 8:01 to go, tied the game with 2:19 to go, but then allowed the golden goal with 1:41 remaining. Prior to that, BW had won seven straight matches, including its one-goal victory over Capital.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
On April 8, Baldwin Wallace and Capital battled to the bitter end in an incredibly physical game that landed the Yellow Jackets a 9-8 win at Bernlohr Stadium. Capital faced a two-goal deficit with 24 minutes to go before Victoria Hussain, Regan Hanood and Korri Titus scored in succession to take back the lead with 8:34 to go. All-conference performer Maddie Russell came back to score the game-tying goal nearly one minute later before a defensive bout ensued. Inside the last minute of play, Russell returned to score the game-winning goal. Cap had one last chance with 23 seconds to go but was unable to get a shot off before the final horn sounded. A total of 36 fouls were called, 22 going to BW.
|Kara Hines | Jr., A|
|Maddie Wilson | Sr., G|
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Two-time player of the year Kara Hines continues to be the go-to for Capital with her team-leading 46 goals, which also ranks her fourth in the conference. She also dominates off the draw with 71 draw controls. Junior Regan Hanood has come on strong in her junior season, and is currently in the top five in the conference in assists (33) and points (54). She has posted 13 points (4g, 9a) over the last two games. Makenna Ozenghar has been called on to add to the offense, and that she has. The sophomore has scored 24 goals and 11 assists. Senior Korri Titus can do it on both sides of the field, as shown by her 24 goals and 14 helpers, plus her 15 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls.
The BW combo of junior Kayla Miller and senior Maddie Russell have dominated scoresheets by combining for 66 goals and 28 assists over the course of the season. Russell also leads the tea with 51 draw controls and 31 caused turnovers. Attackers Brie Martineau and Hannah Albrechta also compliment the offense with 27 and 25 goals, respectively. Sophomore midfielder Megan Patrick also is in the 20-goal club this season. Watch for Katie Kocher to distribute, as she leads the team and is second in the OAC with 34 assists.
Senior Amanda Getto has played every second between the posts for Baldwin Wallace, and is head-to-head with Capital goalkeeper Maddie Wilson in multiple OAC statistical categories. Wilson (.520) holds the advantage in save percentage over Getto (.513), but Getto holds a slim edge over Wilson in goals-against average, 6.38 to 6.96. Wilson has allowed fewer goals between the two goalies (84-96), though Getto has 10 more saves than Wilson on the year.
A FEW MORE TIDBITS
Baldwin Wallace holds the all-time series lead, 3-1. Baldwin Wallace won the last meeting and each of the first two. BW has never won by more than two goals.
Baldwin Wallace and Capital are both trying to make their second trip to the OAC Championship. Baldwin Wallace played in the first OAC championship match back in 2014, which it lost to Mount Union. Capital advanced to the title tilt last year, also falling to Mount Union.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME
Single Event/Championship - $8
Seniors (62)/Military - $6
OAC Students – Free
Non-OAC Students - $3
OAC lifetime passes will be honored for all championships (regular-season passes will not)