By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team has matched the best run for consecutive wins in a season. The Crusaders did so by defeating Marietta College in the first meeting between the two teams which took place on Wednesday night at Don Drumm Stadium. Capital rolled the Pioneers, 21-5, to improve its record to 9-1 and remaining unbeaten in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
With their ninth straight victory, the Crusaders match the run put together by the 2015 team when they did so through the thick of the season en route to its tournament championship game appearance. Capital (9-1, 3-0 OAC) will attempt to make history and go for its 10th straight win on Saturday when they hit the road for John Carroll University (5-5, 1-2 OAC).
Capital took advantage of Pioneers' youth and rattled off seven goals in the first quarter while keeping Marietta off the board. The run was started by Barrett Naugle (Champion, Pa./Greensburg Central) when 4:22 into the game he went in for an unassisted goal. Junior CJ Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) then cranked out back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart, one of those assisted by Naugle. Hughes went on to tally four of his nine points on the evening in the opening frame after he assisted on a pair of goals later in the quarter, both scored by junior midfielder Carter McCormick (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads). The latter of those two goals was scored just before time expired in the quarter.
Naugle once again got the party started by opening the scoring in the second quarter, and just like the previous frame CJ Hughes was there to add two more tallies to the Crusaders' side of the scoreboard. Freshman faceoff specialist Lake Harris (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange) recorded his first collegiate point with the assist on Hughes' third goal of the game.
Marietta did not score until the 8:39 mark of the second quarter. They scored three times in the second quarter, once on the man-up, but for every Marietta goal the Crusaders answered back with one of their own.
Capital began unloading the bench in the second half with the game well in hand, 13-3 at halftime. Freshman Spencer Towne was the first young Crusaders to post a tally and was followed by a man-up goal by Hughes and scores by Ed Carroll and senior Danny Needham. At the turn of the fourth quarter, Dylan Comella scored his first collegiate goal, while Luke McClellan recorded his first of the year to round out the Capital scoring.
Josh Snyder manned the pipes for Capital for the final 15 minutes after TJ Johnson spent the first 45 in net. Snyder went a perfect 5-for-5 on save opportunities in his limited time.
Harris not only recorded his first point and assist, but he also handled the majority of the faceoff duties in the game. Harris went 22-for-27 on the X to give Cap great starts on the offensive end.
Capital's defense also held the Pioneers to just 15 shots compared to its 54, and also stopped five of six Marietta man-up chances.
Capital will now prepare for John Carroll and their matchup at Don Shula Stadium on Saturday, April 6 set for 1 p.m.