MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Capital University Men's Lacrosse took in its first loss of the season following a low-scoring affair against Huntingdon College (Ala.) on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders played in its first overtime game in program history, but the Hawks scored first in the extra session to deliver Capital a 9-8 loss.
From the midway point of the third quarter and beyond, neither team held more than a one-goal advantage. The game featured a total of five lead changes and five ties with the largest lead of the game being held by Capital at middle of the second quarter.
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, 6-6, before Huntingdon's Brandon Scheele broke the tie with a goal 21 seconds into the frame. Junior attacker Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) came back nearly two minutes later and tied the game back up at seven.
Capital and Huntingdon went more than 10 minutes without scoring a goal with each goaltender answering the call twice when tested. Each team also had two additional quality looks, but Huntingdon's attacks went wide of the cage, while one of Capital's was blocked down before reaching the goal.
Huntingdon committed a costly turnover and following Nick Bonsingnore's ground ball pickup, senior Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) helped Cap take the lead with 1:45 to go. After Cap moved the ball into the attack area, they tossed it back to O'Callaghan behind the cage. O'Callaghan sent a pass back to Carson Paull at the 30-yard line where Walton wheeled around for the setup pass. Once received, Walton fired a long-range shot that beat HC keeper Matt Murphy top shelf to put Cap up, 8-7.
The defense was unable to hold for the remaining time. Out of a timeout, Huntingdon worked it around until it found its opening, where Kendrick Ballard struck for the second of three times on the day. The remaining 26 seconds showed much physical play, but ultimately led to no shots taken and teams taking the game into overtime.
Capital had total control of the ball for much of the overtime session. After Scheele took a shot on Palmby, Capital regrouped and put four shots on goal, all of which were saved by Murphy. Huntingdon moved it upfield and called another timeout, setting up the game-winning goal. Ballard moved from the near side to the far side of the field with a defender right in front of him, but the lefty was able to find just enough space to take a shot which beat Palmby to his low-left side.
Capital held a large advantage in shots taken (45-31), especially in the opening half. Cap's man-down defense did well, turning Huntingdon down six out of seven chances. The Hawks possessed better numbers in ground balls (44-36) and faceoffs won (12-8).
Freshman C.J. Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) paced Capital with his third straight game having scored at least four goals. He scored four more times on Wednesday and now leads the team with 13 lamplighters. He took 14 shots, 11 of which falling on frame, picked up four ground balls and caused one turnover.
Palmby made nine saves on 18 shots on goal faced in the loss. Huntingdon put 31 shots toward the Capital cage.
Cap will play its next contest at home against The College of Wooster on Wednesday, March 8. Game time is set for 7 p.m.