Women’s Lacrosse’s Dominating Win Leads to First 5-0 OAC Start in Program History

Pictured: Makenna Ozenghar (left) and Brianna Rampi (right) (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Makenna Ozenghar (left) and Brianna Rampi (right) (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

TIFFIN, Ohio – Capital University Women's Lacrosse won its fifth straight game on Wednesday night in dominating fashion at Heidelberg University to improve to 5-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Crusaders completely dismantled Heidelberg and eventually won by a final score of 19-1.

This is the first time in team history that the Crusaders have started conference play 5-0. Capital is now 8-4 overall this year.

After not scoring in the first eight minutes of the game, Capital flipped the switch with six goals in the next six minutes. Makenna Ozenghar got the scoring started at the 23:56 mark off of an assist from Kathryn Walton. Forty-four seconds later, Walton found the back of the net by herself and she scored her second of the game just 32 seconds after her first.

Brianna Rampi got on the scorecard with 21 minutes left in the first half before Ozenghar netted a second and Taylor Barclay scored with 17:33 left until the break. The Crusaders scored six more goals in the opening half and led 12-0 at the half. Ozenghar, Walton and Rampi each finished with three first-half goals, Dana Stover had two and Barclay and Luci Kanowsky were the other scorers.

Kanowsky opened the second-half scoring for Capital and the Crusaders took a 15-0 lead before Heidelberg got on the board. Rampi and Ozenghaer each scored again and Stover scored the last two goals of the night to seal the win.

Heidelberg's goal prevented Capital from recording its third consecutive shutout but the Crusaders will still be happy with their play. Capital had a sizeable advantage in every team stat, including a 34-9 advantage in shots. The Crusaders forced 32 Heidelberg turnovers while turning it over only 14 times themselves and Capital had 29 ground balls to Heidelberg's 16. The Crusaders went 13-of-15 on clear attempts while allowing Heidelberg to complete only three of its 20 tries.

Ozenghar led the Crusaders with five goals while Walton's three goals and four assists gave her a team-high seven points. Walton also caused five turnovers and picked up six ground balls. Stover and Rampi finished with four and three goals, respectively, and Kanowsky had two. Barclay and Brooke Delara scored once and Delara picked up four ground balls along with three caused turnovers. Defenders Alex Lowry and Kate Enot each caused two turnovers and had five ground balls.

In goal, Lisa Lotz saved the only shot against her in 30 minutes of action and Katie Parks saved two of the three shots on target in the second half.

Capital will now look ahead to a rivalry matchup at Otterbein University on Saturday, April 13 with a 6-0 conference start on the line. First draw at Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.