By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team improved to 3-0 overall after picking up its second victory while on its spring break trip. On Wednesday morning, the Crusaders took down the Knights of Neumann College, 19-9, behind Kara Hines' game-high six goals.
For the fifth time in her career senior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) scored six goals in a single game, which helped Capital run away with a 10-goal win. Hines did so having taken just seven shots and all six that landed on frame landed in the back of the goal. She also added six draw controls and one caused turnover.
Hines wasted no time to get Capital on the board after scoring her first goal less than one minute into the game. At first, Neumann and Capital went back and forth with alternating goals over the first five minutes, but then senior Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) started a string of three straight CU goals, two of which came via free-position shots.
Up two goals, the Capital special teams units had their time to shine. After Kailee King was administered a yellow card Capital went one player down, but that did not slow Hines down. With 16:11 on the clock, she went right at the Neumann goalkeeper and scored a man-down goal, unassisted, to bring the lead back to three.
After Neumann went down a player as a result of a yellow card, Brianna Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) drew contact in the critical scoring area and successfully converted her free position shot. Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) and Hines scores the half's final two goals to put Capital up 10-5 heading into the locker room.
Those two tallies fed into a six-goal run that Capital continued when they returned to the playing surface. The Purple and White scored the first four goals of the second half, beginning with Makenna Ozenghar's score 4:01 into the frame. Hines then scored each of the next three goals with assists coming from Hanood and Kailee King (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome). The offensive outburst ballooned Capital's lead to nine goals before the Knights responded with two goals to break up the run.
Walton added two late goals to add to her stat line, but by that time the game was well out of hand and the Crusaders rolled to a 19-9 victory over Neumann (1-3).
Walton finished with four goals and two assists, matching Hines for the team-lead with a six-point day. She also had a game-high five of the team's 12 caused turnovers and collected six draw controls. Walton now has 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) and 10 draw controls over her last two games.
King was right behind her teammates with five points behind two goals and three helpers. Taylor Thomas and Rampi also scored a pair of goals, while Hanood scored one with three assists.
Junior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) and Katie Parks (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) split time in goal, each making three saves in 30 minutes of action. Lotz earned her third win of the year.