By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Going into Friday night's game against Calvin College, a win for Capital University Women's Lacrosse would mean something the program has never accomplished before. Not only did the Crusaders win but they dominated the Knights throughout their 17-4 victory and became the first Capital women's lacrosse team to start a season 6-0.
Capital wasted no time getting on the board. Who else but senior Kara Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) gave the Crusaders a one-goal advantage less than a minute and a half in with a goal off of a free position shot, her first of three scores.
The Knights tied the game at one with just under 19 minutes to play in the first half in what was a low-scoring affair up to that point. That Calvin goal lit a spark under the Crusaders though that ignited Capital's offense. Taylor Thomas (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) came right back with two goals and a goal from Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) put Capital up 4-1.
Calvin pulled one back at the 13:28 mark of the first half but seven goals in a row to end the opening 30 minutes of play gave Capital an 11-2 halftime lead. Walton scored three of those seven goals, Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) found the back of the net twice, Thomas added one and Brooke Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) capped off the run.
Walton started the second half with another goal and Hines scored twice in the second as well as the Crusaders cruised towards victory. For the second game in a row, Capital allowed only four goals and the Crusaders have held their opponents to fewer than 10 goals in four-straight games.
Walton led Cap with five goals on the night and her five points tied her with Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) and Ozenghar for the game high. Hanood converted one goal and her passes led to four others while Ozenghar scored twice and had three assists. The Crusaders outshot Calvin 35-21.
Hines led the Crusaders with nine draw controls and Walton had a team-high four ground balls. Starting goalkeeper Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) faced only four shots behind a smothering Capital defense in the first 30 minutes before being relieved by Katie Parks (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) before the start of the second half. Parks made seven saves and allowed only two goals.
After scoring 37 goals in the past two games, Capital has now scored 100 this season and have allowed only 50. Walton moved into the team lead with 23 scores but Hines is right behind her with 22. Walton also leads the team with 28 points.
The six-game winning streak is the second-longest in program history and the Crusaders will have a chance to match the longest streak in team history, achieved last year, when they travel to take on a challenging Wittenberg University team on March 14 at 6 p.m.