By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first game of the 2018 season, Capital University Women's Lacrosse wasted no time getting in the scoresheet or the win column, beating Centre College 14-11 on Wednesday night.
The first goal of the game and of Capital's season came on a free-position shot fewer than five minutes into the contest via junior Taylor Barclay (Granville, Ohio/Granville). The Colonels tied the game at one with 23 minutes left in the first half but less than a minute later, Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) converted her first score of the year with help from Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney).
Centre tied the game at two but three goals in a row for Capital put the Crusaders up 5-2 with 15 minutes off the clock. Senior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) scored two of those goals and Ozenghar found the back of the net as well.
Capital continued its offensive roll and finished the half with 11 goals to Centre's five. Senior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) opened her scoring account with two-first half strikes, Ozenghar added another and Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) found the back of the net twice as well. Kailee King (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) scored the first goal of her Capital career with 19 seconds left in the half.
The Colonels came out on fire in the second half and Hannah Bellamah scored four times in 17 minutes, bringing the score to 12-9. Mary Katherine Hardy added another for Centre, decreasing Capital's lead to only two.
Capital was able to take a little bit of a deep breath with 8 minutes left after freshman Brooke Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) slotted in a shot from Hanood for her first career goal. Centre scored again with 4 minutes left but a Hanood score put Capital up 14-11 and the Crusader defense held the rest of the way.
Bellamah led all scorers with five goals. Both Hines and Hanood scored three times for Capital and Hanood chipped in three assists. Hines also got it done on the defensive end with two caused turnovers, six ground balls and eight draw controls, the latter two both game highs.
Junior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) started in goal for the Crusaders, her first career start and first game since 2016, and made seven saves.
As a team, Capital outshot the Colonels 30-28 and had 11 free position shots to Centre's six.
The Crusaders will now head to Florida for two games over Capital's spring break, the first on Monday, Feb. 26 against Cabrini College. That game is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start. The team will then take on Neumann University on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.