By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a rainy and windy Friday at Bernlohr Stadium, the Capital University women's lacrosse team had no issues shining bright in its 16-3 victory over Ohio Northern University.
It was a Senior Day success story for the Crusaders, who won their seventh straight contest to tie the program record for consecutive victories in a season. Capital also achieved seven wins in a row in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, marking the third time this senior class has helped achieve the feat. The win also improved CU's Ohio Athletic Conference record to 7-0, marking the most conference wins in a season in program history.
Cap is now atop the conference with its beaten mark and leads the University of Mount Union (6-0 OAC) by a half game in the league standings. The Purple Raiders will play Baldwin Wallace University on Wednesday prior to the highly anticipated showdown between the two purples on April 27.
The first seven goals of the game belonged to the Crusaders and three of those were scored by senior Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney). She notched her seventh hat trick of the year when she scored for the third time before hitting the five-minute mark, which also served as the 100th goal of her career. The milestone goal was scored on a free-position shot while Cap possessed a man advantage stemming from an ONU yellow card.
Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) scored for the second time five minutes after Ozenghar's trifecta, and with Brianna Rampi's tally with 15:59 remaining in the first Cap took a commanding 7-0 lead.
Ohio Northern (7-7, 3-4 OAC) recorded a blip of offense with back-to-back goals scored 11 seconds apart, but the Crusaders retaliated with a 6-0 run taken into halftime. Rampi started the run, and Walton ended it with two more goals inside the last 90 seconds. The first of Walton's pair got the running clock initiated, and the second stemmed from a turnover deep in the Polar Bear's defensive zone. ONU goalie Kelli Hill attempted to pass the ball back but Brooke Delara knocked the ball out of the air and scooped it up before passing it off to Walton, who buried Cap's 13th goal of the half.
The Polar Bears turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and 14 more times in the second. They were held to just nine total shots, three in the second half.
Capital kept the pressure high in the second, though Hill fared better in the final 30 after making 10 saves and allowing just three goals in the second half. Ozenghar and Walton both added their fifth and final goals in the half. Senior Taylor Barclay got into the scoring column after scooping up a loose ball in a pack of bodies then turned and fire to account for CU's 15th goal.
Walton led the Purple and White with seven points behind five goals and two assists. She also collected 10 ground balls, caused five turnovers and hauled in five draw controls.
On a day that highlighted the senior class, Ozenghar spotlighted with five goals and one assist. She also turned in two ground balls and one caused turnover. Senior defender Kate Enot (Uniontown, Ohio/Hoover) led the Crusader with four draw controls and also added two ground balls. Brooke Overly (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) forced three ONU turnovers in the midfield, collected one draw control and three ground balls.
Between the pipes, senior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) earned her 10th win of the season behind a four-save effort. She also picked up four ground balls and caused one turnover. With four saves today, Lotz eclipsed 100 this season and is 11 away from 200 in her career.
Capital will prepare for its matchup against Mount Union this week and then head to Alliance for its matchup on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. for what may well determine the regular season champion and OAC Tournament seeding.