COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team opened up the 2016 campaign with a big 20-6 win at home against La Roche University (Pa.). Brennan O'Callaghan picked up where he left off last season with five goals in the one-sided win.
Capital (1-0) wasted no time getting into the score column, posting its first goal of the season less than one minute into the contest. Sophomore Johnathan Mundell (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.) scored from the left wing just 43 seconds in, setting up a 6-2 first quarter score. Sophomore Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice in his first collegiate quarter of action, while sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) also scored twice to pace the Crusaders.
The Crusaders outscored the Redhawks 5-1 in the second quarter, where Brennan O'Callaghan (West Chester, Ohio) made his first major marks in the game. His first goal in the opening quarter came in stylish fashion when the sophomore went behind his head with the shot, tickling the back of the net. Junior Danny Davide served up the pass that set up the fashionable goal. O'Callaghan went on to score four more times, totaling a game-high five on the day.
Capital's defense turned it up and held the Redhawks scoreless in the third quarter while it increased its lead to 17-3. Capital caused 11 turnovers and induced a total of 33 La Roche miscues. Sophomore Ryan Maloney (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) caused a team-high four turnovers.
Getting their first goals of the season were sophomore Josh Tomsich (Midland, Mich.) and sophomore Jordan Gush (Horseheads, N.Y.), while freshman John Allen (Lebanon, Ohio) posted the first of his career. Fellow freshman Ryan Rampi (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) assisted on two of those goals.
Having a day at the 'X' was freshman Christian Crossingham (Sandpoint, Idaho), who won 17-of-18 faceoffs. Capital won a total of 21-of-29 faceoffs during the game.
Capital will embark on two more home games over the next week, beginning with Kenyon College in its next match on Wednesday, Feb. 24. They will host the Lords at Bernlohr Stadium with a 4 p.m. first draw.