By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's lacrosse team took care of business with its 16-3 win at Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Dana Stover led the offensive assault with a career-high five goals to help the Crusaders reel in its second win of the season.
From start to finish the Crusaders dominated the Battling Bishops (1-1). Cap kept the ball in its offensive zone for a large portion of the first half and did not surrender a single goal in the opening 30 minutes. While the offense was busy scoring, the defense forced 22 Battling Bishop turnovers in the first half alone. Cap controlled the draw after holding a 7-3 advantage in the circle and also limited OWU to just five first-half shots.
The Bishops had a difficult time moving the ball all game long but especially in the first half when they went just 4-for-14 on clear attempts.
Meanwhile, Cap's offense was scoring at will and forced OWU into a goalie change just 17 minutes into the game. Sophomore Dana Stover (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) scored four of her game-high five goals in the first half, including the last three before halftime.
Senior Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) hit the score sheet heavy in the first half, as well. Before the break, Ozenghar had three points behind a goal and two assists. She finished with seven points behind two goals and a career-best five assists.
Freshman Luci Kanowski (Bexley, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) scored two of her three goals in the first, including a nifty no-look shovel shot that made the score 5-0 with just under 20 minutes to go in the frame. She finished with three goals on the day.
Stover's fourth goal made the score 9-0 and then things began to slow down a tad for both squads. Neither team scored in the final 11-plus minutes but the Crusaders were far from done.
Ohio Wesleyan finally got on the board when Megan McElgunn scored 3:31 into the second half, marking the first of her two goals. However, Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) came back with goals following each of McElgunn's scores to maintain a nine-goal lead. With Stover's fifth and final tally, the clock continued to run after hitting the 10-goal threshold. Cap tagged on four more scores from that point on, including freshman Hannah Searles' first career goal.
Senior Lisa Lotz (Lynchburg, Va./Jefferson Forest) earned the win and made two stops to keep her sheet clean. She gave way to Bee Kuenhn (Mason, Ohio/Mason) for the second half. The freshman made four saves on seven shots against in 30:00 of action.
Capital, now 2-2 overall, will welcome a top regional contender to Bernlohr Stadium in upcoming action next week. Rhodes College will take on the Crusaders at 11:30 a.m. to kick off a Cap Lax doubleheader on Saturday, March 9. Rhodes (2-2) is the defending Southern Athletic Association champions and have won the last four SAA titles.