By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday evening will mark the third time in four years Capital University Women's Lacrosse and the University Mount Union will meet in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. With the table set at Mount Union Stadium, the Crusaders are looking to make history as they seek their first tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in program history.
No. 2 Capital (11-5, 7-1 OAC) will hit the road for Alliance for a second time this season. Top-seeded Mount Union (16-1, 8-0 OAC) awaits for a match that will either signal a season sweep or a successful chance at redemption. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
This marks the third time in four years they have met for the tournament championship. Each time has been Alliance and won by the Purple Raiders. Capital also seeks its first win over Mount Union in program history after losing each of the eight games between them. Six of those eight have been played at Mount Union Stadium.
The winner of Saturday night's matchup will be crowned OAC Tournament Champion and earn the automatic qualifying bid into the 42-team NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
The Purple Raiders have won 15 straight contests, its most recent a 19-6 victory over John Carroll in the OAC Tournament semi-final round. From start to finish, Mount Union dominated all sides of the ball. Ashley Bernardi and Alyssa Rydell both scored four goals each, only to be outdone by Danielle Rohrman's seven tallies to lead the team. Goalie Mimi Curtis made nine saves in the winning effort.
Capital had a seven-game winning streak heading into its season finale with Mount Union, tied for longest in program history. The Crusaders rebounded from its loss at Mount Union with a 16-12 win over Baldwin Wallace in the OAC Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday night. Kathryn Walton had a seven-point night behind five goals and two helpers, in addition to her five draw controls and five caused turnovers. She and the Capital defense forced Baldwin Wallace to turn the ball over 31 times, which allowed the Capital offense extra opportunities to score and break away for the win.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET …
… Capital found itself in a good position to defeat Mount Union for the first time in its history and take the regular season crown, but the defending champs overcame two different four-goal deficits and scored just before time expired to claim the game, 10-9. Capital peppered goalie Mimi Curtis, forcing her to make 12 saves. Mount's 5-0 rally to end the game overshadowed the fact it kept Capital scoreless for the final 15:25 of the contest, though Cap's defense had a stretch of 21:37 in which it kept the Purple Raiders off the board to begin the game.
Senior (62+ years)/Military: $6.00
OAC student: Free (with valid student ID)
Non-OAC student: $3.00
* OAC lifetime passes will be honored, OAC season passes are not valid for the tournament