WILMINGTON, Ohio – In a weather-induced marathon match, the Capital University men's lacrosse team finished what it had started nearly 24 hours prior, defeating Wilmington College 14-9 at Williams Stadium. Brennan O'Callaghan scored three goals on each day of the two-day excursion to lead Capital to its fourth straight victory and a 2-0 conference record.
Thursday's result was a product of a match that began Wednesday night but was delayed by lightning and eventually suspended by storms that rolled through southeast Ohio. Capital held a 7-4 lead at the midway point of the match, which was resumed at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Looking for a fast start, Capital (9-2, 2-0 OAC) scored three consecutive goals after Wilmington scored just 29 seconds into the start of the third quarter. Freshman Brennan O'Callaghan received a feed from freshman Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) to start the run, which was followed by unassisted goals scored by freshman Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) and sophomore Nick Hess (Horseheads, N.Y.). O'Callaghan served as the bookend to third quarter scoring, notching his fifth of a team-high six goals, bringing the score to 11-6 heading into the final stanza.
Wilmington (7-4, 0-2) made the contest interesting by opening the fourth quarter with goals by Reid Delaney and Jalen Jackson, but Capital scored three of the next four goals to run away for the victory.
The Crusaders had few issues pushing the ball forward, converting 41-of-42 clear attempts successfully. Capital also gave its offense the first opportunity score more frequently by dominating the faceoff circle, winning the faceoff 18-of-26 times.
While the offense did its job, Capital's defense caused 14 turnovers led by sophomore Tate Stover (Delaware, Ohio) who led the team with four. He was also one of four Crusaders with a team-high three ground balls. Capital held the advantage over Wilmington in that category as well, 30-17.
Freshman goalkeeper Cole Palmby (Delaware, Ohio) made nine saves out 18 shots on goal faces. He also picked up one ground ball.
Paull led Capital with three helpers and chipped in one goal of his own. He and O'Callaghan were the leading Capital point-getters with four and seven points, respectively.
Capital will attempt to keep its unbeaten OAC record intact on the road at Muskingum University. That match will be on Saturday, April 11 and begin at 1 p.m.