By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team scored a big win for the season and the program with its 17-15 victory over a strong team from Cabrini University (N.Y.). The young talents of Kathryn Walton and Kailee King were instrumental in setting a positive tone early and solidifying the win late. Capital now begins its season with a 2-0 overall record.
Cabrini (1-1) entered the season as the defending Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) conference champions and NCAA Tournament participants in each of the last six seasons. Last season the Crusaders lost to the Cavaliers by a single goal but in this meeting nearly one year later on the same playing surface, it was Capital that came out the victor.
Capital dominated the early portions of Monday morning's contest and had a stronghold on the Cavaliers through most of the first half. With the play of Kara Hines, Taylor Thomas, Kailee King, and Kathryn Walton, the Crusaders were able to score the game's first five goals and force Cabrini to use its timeout to regroup. King scored twice during Capital's run, her second and third of the season. She added a third goal later in the contest to become one of three Capital players with at least three goals in the game.
The experienced Cavaliers did not let the margin deter them and eventually trimmed the lead to just two goals with 8:47 to play in the first half. With the score 8-6 in favor or CU, the Crusaders went on to score four of the final five goals, two by senior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne).
Goals continued to come in pairs when sophomore Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) scored back-to-back tallies in the sixth and seventh minutes of the second half. The outburst put Capital up by a margin of 14-8.
Again, Cabrini struck back this time with four goals in a matter of 2:43 of time to cut the lead to two goals and a large chunk of the second half yet to be played. One final burst of Capital offense nailed down its second win.
Walton proved to come up big for the Crusaders, serving roles in two of Capital's final three goals that clinched the win. She first scored with 17:03 to go, and later assisted in Cap's 17th goal which was scored by Taylor Barclay with 10:43 remaining. Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) scored what would be known as the game-winning goal at the 14:33 mark.
The Capital defense did just enough despite a late charge from the Cavaliers. Down five, 17-12, Cabrini mounted three more goals, but a three-minute scoreless streak proved costly as they were unable to overcome the deficit. Junior goaltender Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) did her job and did it well with three keys saves in that stretch.
Walton finished the day with six goals and two assists to lead the Capital offense in its momentous win. She also added four draw controls and three ground balls.
Joining her with at least three goals was King (3) and Hines (3). Lotz made nine saves on 24 chances en route to her second win as a starter.
Capital will be back in action on Wednesday morning when the Crusaders take on Neumann College (1-2), the team that has finished runner-up to Cabrini in the CSAC Tournament in each of the last five seasons.