By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Lacrosse continued its dominance over rival Otterbein University and its best start in conference play with another win on Saturday evening. The Crusaders rolled in an 18-7 victory over the Cardinals at Memorial Stadium, led by Brooke Delara's seven-goal effort.
Capital got right to work in its demolition of the Cardinals scoring less than three minutes into the game and three times total inside the first five minutes. Taylor Barclay kicked it off with her 13th goal of the season and Dana Stover connected on a free-position shot attempt for the quick 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Brook Delara (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange) continued to turn heads with another solid performance, this time as Cap's primary goal scorer. She rattled off three consecutive goals to bolster CU's lead to 5-0. Five of her seven goals came in the first half.
The offensive continued with senior Makenna Ozenghar and freshman Luci Kanowski getting into the mix with goals past the halfway point of the opening frame. Brianna Rampi and Kathryn Walton then joined the scoring party with another pair of goals to complete the Crusaders' 11-0 run to open the game.
Otterbein's Abbey Smoot accounted for her team's only first-half goals to break the run and feed into an 11-2 score going into the break.
The first half stats were most telling as Capital not only outshot Otterbein, 20-9, but also kept their turnovers to a minimum while the opposite was said of the host Cardinals. Cap induced 14 Otterbein turnovers to its four. The Purple and White also held the advantage over Otterbein in first half ground balls, 13-4.
Walton helped Cap pick up where it left off when she scored a man-up goal following Noa Crowley's yellow card at the top of the half. Walton connected with Barclay for the second of her four goals on the day.
Otterbein did sport a small spurt of offense when they scored four unanswered over a six-minute span of time, but that merely put a dent into the lead. With the score 13-6, Delara returned to the scoresheet with a man-up goal, which stemmed from Crowley's second yellow card of the game.
The Cardinals were able to muster only one more goal over the duration of the game and were kept scoreless for the last 10 minutes of the contest. Cap scored four more times, two of those by Walton, before the final horn sounded.
Delara (7) and Walton (4) led Cap's goal production and with their performances now both rank inside the top-5 in the OAC in points scored this season. Walton ranks third with 62 points while Delara is right behind her with 61. Makenna Ozenghar (56) also ranks in the top five to round out that pack.
Kate Enot (Uniontown, Ohio / Hoover) paced the defense with a team-high three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Of Otterbein's 29 turnovers, 14 of them were registered as caused by a Capital player.
Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va. / Jefferson Forest) earned her ninth win of the year after getting the start and making two saves over a combined 30:03 inside the cage. She and freshman Bee Kuehn split time and swapped spots multiple times over the contest. Kuehn also made two saves in 29:57 of time in goal.
The Purple and White have now won six in a row, all against OAC competition, to place them in a tie for first place with the University of Mount Union. The Crusaders (9-4, 6-0 OAC) have two regular season games remaining, the next at home against Ohio Northern University. Cap and ONU will square off on Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Cap and Mount Union will then meet up in Alliance on April 27 for what may be the battle for the regular season championship and fight for the top seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament.
Prior to the Ohio Northern game, Capital's senior class will be honored as part of Senior Day.