Aggressive Defense Wears Down Bulldogs in 13-7 Victory

Pictured: Mary Manos (photo credit: Jamie Gaffney)
Pictured: Mary Manos (photo credit: Jamie Gaffney)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday morning's women's lacrosse match between the University of Redlands (Calif.) and Capital University allowed Capital to put a defensive display on for the fans at Bernlohr Stadium. Capital dominated the opening half with its defense and Kailee King led the Crusader offense in a decisive 13-7 victory over the Bulldogs. They are now riding a four-game winning streak to begin the season.

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Capital's defense had a stranglehold on the Bulldogs throughout the entire first half. The Crusaders witnessed Redlands commit 19 turnovers in the first half alone. The Bulldogs had difficulty breaking through Capital put on its keeper and midfield while trying to move the ball upfield, resulting in just three out of 16 successful clear attempts.

Sophomore Kailee King (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) had a big hand in Capital's early success, both creating her own and capitalizing on turnovers committed by the Bulldogs. She scored Capital's first three goals, two of which came directly off of turnovers. The last of the set was assisted by senior Regan Hanood off a pass from behind the cage.

King fed into a string of five straight goals to open the contest and scored her fourth to end the run. Isabella Leoniardi broke up the streak of CU goals, but Redlands was still down 6-1 as the teams entered the final five minutes of the first half. Senior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) scored three times in Cap's dominating first half, including the final goal of the stanza that put Capital up 8-2 before the horn sounded. King also had two helpers in the first half, accounting nearly all her scoring in the game.

Redlands' offensive struggles were well-noted after getting just five shots off against the stifling Capital defense. While their shot count increased in the second half, their goal scoring continued at the same pace until the final four minutes of the contest. Junior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) made five saves as a part of the defensive effort and earned her fourth win in as many games.

The Bulldogs final three goals all came from the stick of Sadie Pickering, and two of those three were off free-position shots inside the final two minutes. Capital's 13-4 lead turned into a 13-7 final score, leading to its fourth straight victory to begin the season.

King finished the game with a career-high five goals and seven points, while Hines ended the day with three. Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) was limited to just one goal but was stout on defenses with five caused turnovers for the second consecutive game.

Seven different Crusaders scored goals including Brooke Delara (1), Makenna Ozenghar (1), Taylor Barclay (1), and Dana Stover (1). Stover's tally was the first of her young career. Ozenghar also contributed four caused turnovers as part of the team's 19 total.

Capital looks to rival its previous best for consecutive wins to begin a season in its next test on the road at Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, March 7. Their previous best is five straight wins to begin the season set back in 2016. Their largest winning streak overall is seven games, a feat they accomplished last year.

Last year the OWU/Capital contest was canceled due to weather but in 2016 CU defeating the Battling Bishops, 13-11, as part of its seven-game winning streak.

Game time for Wednesday game at Selby Stadium is set for 7 p.m.