By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Saturday's time change made no impact on the Capital University women's lacrosse team, as proven by its 22-0 triumph over the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies at McConagha Stadium. As if the win was not enough good news, sophomore Brooke Delara took the excitement to a new level with a record-setting performance that made history not once, but twice.
Capital (5-4, 2-0 OAC) came out of the gate with cannons firing having scored an average of one goal per minute over the first seven minutes of the game. Junior Briana Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) completed a hat trick before the turn of the five-minute mark of the first half. She and fellow junior Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) had Capital out to a 5-0 lead before the clock hit 25:00, and then freshman Luci Kanowski (Bexley, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) posted back-to-back tallies to drive the lead up to seven.
From the very beginning, Brooke Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) began a quest to challenge multiple Capital scoring records. The sophomore broke into the scoring column on the first goal of the game with the first of five assists she tallied in the first half. Delara's first goals also served as Capital's 10th to begin the running clock.
For the fifth time this season, Walton notched a hat trick though her three goals on Saturday were achieved as the clock wound down to the 10-minute mark of the first half. Makenna Ozenghar joined her teammates in the hat trick club after tallying her third to open the second half and drive the score to 15-0.
Kanowski and Delara were the fourth and fifth Crusaders to score at least three goals in a game. Kanowski finished with a career-high four goals while Delara tallied three goals. A sixth Capital player also completed a hat trick in senior Taylor Barclay, her last two goals serving as Cap's final two scores.
With every passing minute the Crusaders extended their lead by a wider margin, and with every goal Delara inched closer and closer to setting Capital's single-game point and assist records. Of the eight second-half goals scored by the Crusaders, Delara was involved in six. The final three goals scored with under six minutes to go ended her pursuit of those marks. Her assist on Taylor Barclay's goal with 38 seconds remaining gave Delara her 14th point and 11th assist, breaking both marks with a single pass.
The single-game point record was previously held by Kori Titus '18 when she tallied 13 points in a win over Wilmington College on April 16, 2014. The assist record was held by Regan Hanood '18 after she collected 10 helpers against Muskingum last season.
To say the Crusaders' defense was stifling would be an understatement. Muskingum did not register a single official shot attempt in the game, while Capital rattled off 41. Capital dominated the draw after collecting 17-of-23 draw controls in the game. Muskingum was forced into 21 turnovers, 16 of those paired with a cause by Capital.
Walton added to her line of four goals and one assist with six ground balls, three draw controls, and a team-high five caused turnovers.
Ozenghar had six points via four goals and then chipped in a team-best seven ground balls and eight draw controls.
Capital (5-4, 2-0 OAC) now returns to Bernlohr Stadium for its next two games. On Wednesday, April 3, the Crusaders will host Marietta College for the teams' first ever meeting. Start time is set for 7 p.m.