By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Lacrosse continued its recent hot streak on Wednesday night against first-year program Marietta College with its second straight shutout in a 20-0 win. This is the first time in program history the Crusaders have registered back-to-back shutouts as their last win was their first shutout victory.
With the win, Capital is 6-4 overall this season and 3-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play for the first time since 2016. The Crusaders have scored 20 or more goals in each of their past three games and have outscored their opponents 62-10 in that span.
Capital's first goal came just 44 seconds into the game from Luci Kanowsky (Bexley, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) off of a feed from Brooke Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange). The partnership was reversed only 21 seconds later with Delara scoring off a pass from Kanowsky. Dana Stover (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) then took a pass from Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) and scored it to put Capital up 3-0 less than two minutes in.
Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) then opened her account with the first of three consecutive goals at the 23:59 mark. The Crusaders reached 10 goals with 13:19 remaining in the half and went into halftime up 15-0.
The Crusaders took 24 first-half shots while Marietta attempted only one. Capital won 13 of the 15 draw controls in the first half and had 12 ground balls to Marietta's zero.
In the second half, Ozenghar scored Capital's first two goals before Delara and Walton each added to their totals. Taylor Barclay (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) finished the Capital scoring with the assist going to Ozenghar.
Ozenghar led the team with 11 total points, five goals and six assists, and also picked up a pair of ground balls. Walton was right behind her with six goals and three assists for nine points. Walton won seven draw controls to lead Capital, caused a team-high five turnovers and tied for second with four ground balls with Delara. Fresh off of a 14-point performance over the weekend, Delara scored twice and had four helpers.
In goal, Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) faced only one shot and made the save in 30 minutes of action. At halftime, Katie Parks (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) came in and saved both shots she faced.
The Crusaders finished with a 32-4 advantage in shots, a 21-3 lead in ground balls, 16-4 edge in draw controls and led in every other category as well.
Capital is clicking at the right time as the team will face one of its toughest tests yet next time out. The Crusaders will host John Carroll University on Saturday, April 6 at Bernlohr Stadium in a showdown of two of the OAC's elite teams. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.