By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday afternoon's conference opener was a wild success for Capital University Women's Lacrosse, and especially for Kathryn Walton. Walton and the rest of the Crusaders made a splash in the second half to put away Baldwin Wallace University, 20-10, and win its Ohio Athletic Conference opener.
After taking a two-goal lead into halftime, Baldwin Wallace cut that in half with Alexis O'Neill's goal just 1:45 into the second half. The Crusaders retaliated with seven consecutive goals scored by five different players to break the game open.
Senior MaKenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) connected with Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) to get the rally going 45 seconds after the opening goal of the half, and it took just 31 seconds for the next Capital goal to hit the scoreboard. Brook Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) notched her second of the day.
More goals continued to come in short intervals when no more than 40 seconds passed between each of the Crusaders' first four goals of the second. Before five minutes had passed in game time, Capital had grown its lead to 12-7.
Walton, who had accomplished a hat trick plus one before the end of the first half, became a distributor when she led Luci Kanowski into her first goal of the game. Walton then scored for a sixth time for the double hatty to make for a seven-goal lead, 14-7.
Brook Delara's third of five goals bookended the rally before O'Neill broke up the run, but the trio of Ozenghar, Dana Stover, and Delara rattled off three more to put the running clock in place.
With under one minute to go, Walton scored her seventh goal of the game, which set a new single-game career high in that category. She finished with 10 points after adding three assists, as well. Walton remains in the OAC's top five for goals (4th, 24), points (3rd, 33), and ground balls (2nd, 31).
Stover also had a solid game with four goals and one assist.
While the offense made for fireworks and got much of the glory, the Capital defense kept Division I transfer Maddie Ray to just three goals, and only one from the 16-minute mark of the first half. Baldwin Wallace committed 20 turnovers, 16 of which were caused. Alex Lowry and Katie Enot led the Crusaders with three caused turnovers, each. Lowry also posted a team-leading seven draw controls.
For the fourth game this season, senior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forrest) made 10 or more stops between the pipes, including multiple point blank stops. Lotz finished the game with 15 saves, tying her season high.
Capital (4-4, 1-0 OAC) will continue in OAC play when it hits the road for Muskingum University next weekend. The Crusaders and Muskies (1-8, 0-1 OAC) will play in New Concord on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.