By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team was defeated by the Cabrini University Cavaliers on Tuesday, 19-12, after the Cavaliers used a strong offensive showing in the second half to separate from the Crusaders.
Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) led the Crusaders with a seven-point day behind four goals and three assists, both team highs. Capital goalie Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) was challenged after seeing 42 shots, 34 of which landed on frame. She made a career-high 15 saves on the day.
Capital trailed by just one heading into halftime, but the Cavaliers broke out with 12 second-half goals to run away with the victory. Half of those goals came off of free position shots, of which Cabrini went 6-for-9 in the second.
The Cavaliers scored four of the game's first five goals, but the Crusaders came back with back-to-back goals when Dana Stover (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) and Brooke Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) scored inside a 30-second span. Freshman Luci Kanowski tied the game at five each when she and Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) connected with 10:06 to go in the first half. Cap took the lead for the only time in the game when Delara came back with her second goal of the day off of a pass from Ozenghar, but the Cavalier retook the advantage with 4:07 to go on a goal from Cabrini's Morgan Fazzini.
Out of the break, Cabrini scored on free position shots twice to build a three-goal lead and after Cap broke up the run with a goal of its own, the Cavaliers put up four straight tallies to build a lead Cap was unable to overcome.
Delara finished the day with three goals followed by Brianna Rampi's two tallies on the day. Walton and Kanowski each had three-point days behind a goal and two assists from both players.
Cap (1-2) will come back to The Buckeye State to begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, March 2 when they host Ohio Wesleyan University. The Battling Bishops and Crusaders will take the first draw at 1 p.m.