Men’s Lacrosse Continues Record Streak with Big-Time Win Over The Berg

Pictured: Barrett Naugle (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Barrett Naugle (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team won its 11th consecutive game on Wednesday night to continue its record-setting streak. The Crusaders defeated Heidelberg University in dominating fashion, 20-8, to improve its overall record to 11-0 and remain unbeaten in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Capital wasted no time in getting on the board, doing so for the first time just 31 seconds into the game when Barrett Naugle struck with his 14th goal of the season. Five different Crusaders scored in the opening frame to help build a 5-2 lead over the Student Princes.

Those that are not normal contributors in the scoring column also found their way into the stat sheet. Freshman Zack Heflin scored his fourth goal of the year before The Berg responded with its two scores. Faceoff specialist Tyler Faig got in on the scoring with the fifth and final goal of the frame after winning the battle on the X and then streaking down the field and taking the goal-scoring shot.

Naugle also started the scoring in the second quarter, marking one of seven Capital scores in the frame. Cap's lead grew to 9-2 rapidly with goals from Luke Wyatt, CJ Hughes, and Zack Heflin, and a second outburst of goals toward the end of the quarter. Senior Ryan Rampi and junior Carter McCormick connected on back-to-back goals to take the Cap lead to 12-3 before a Heidelberg man-up broke up the run heading into halftime.

To that point, Hughes had a largely quiet night but came out of the break like a man possessed. He scored three straight goals inside a 3:30 span of time to not only further Cap's lead but achieve a hat trick and acquire his fourth of a team-high five goals. He scored four straight Capital goals and was part of two different 3-0 CU runs in the third quarter, alone.

In the third quarter, Adam Reiger scored a goal in his first action of the season. His tally made the game 18-5 and led into a relatively quiet fourth quarter. Ed Carroll scored his 10th goal of the season to round out Cap's scoring.

Also earning a hat trick in the game for Cap was Rampi (3) and Naugle (3), while McCormick had a four-point night behind one goal and three assists.

TJ Johnson earned the win after allowing just six goals and making 11 saves in 45:00 of play. Freshmen Josh Snyder and Charlie Farmer both saw action in the fourth quarter between the pipes for Cap.

The win extends Capital's winning streak to 11 games, extending its record-setting mark achieved last weekend. They will look for their 12th straight win but begin a daunting portion of the schedule that includes rival Otterbein University this Saturday, April 13. The Crusaders and Cardinals will square off at Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio) at 1 p.m.