WOOSTER, Ohio – Goaltender Cole Palmby and the defense came to play, and displayed their prominence with an 8-5 road win at The College of Wooster, Wednesday night. Capital University Men's Lacrosse improved to 4-1 with its second straight win over a North Coast Athletic Conference school.
Reigning OAC Defensive Player of the Week Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) stood on his head by making 20 saves on 25 shots faced. He also collected one ground ball in the winning effort.
After Wooster (3-1) posted the match's first two goals, Capital returned fire with back-to-back goals by sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) and junior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central). Walton scored while the Crusaders were on the man advantage after Wooster's Sam Kuhn was penalized for slashing.
Walton scored the second of his two goals to break a 15-minute scoreless drought between the two teams. Wooster was quick to tie the game again, scoring less than one minute after the Walton goal. The teams stayed at a 3-3 stalemate until Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) and Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) connected with 16 seconds to go before the half.
Of the three goals scored in the third quarter, Capital tallied two of those, including one by junior Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.) while the Crusaders were a man up. His score was the first of three consecutive goals posted by Capital, which upped its lead to 8-4 and put the game out of reach for Wooster.
Capital overcame slight Wooster advantages in ground balls (37-35), faceoffs won (9-7) and shots (45-39). They also held the edge in man-up goals (2-1) and clears (23-18).
The Crusaders have now won three straight matches heading into back-to-back home games. That stint begins with Washington & Jefferson College this Saturday afternoon at Bernlohr Stadium. It marks the second game of a lacrosse doubleheader which begins with the women's team opening action at 11 a.m.