ALLIANCE, Ohio – Junior Brent Walton scored a team-high three goals and three other Crusaders scored a pair to lead Capital Men's Lacrosse to an 11-3 road victory over the University of Mount Union. The Crusaders are now 3-2 in conference play as they head into the homestretch of their regular season and a rivalry game.
Capital (11-4, 3-2 OAC) dominated the first half, scoring all seven goals between the two periods. The Crusaders outshot the Purple Raiders, 14-1, and took in nine more ground balls in the first quarter alone. While sophomore goalkeeper Cole Palmby went largely untested in the first quarter, he answered the call on all four shots on goal against him in the second.
Palmby went on to make a total of eight saves and allowed just three Mount Union goals in his 60 minutes of play.
Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) posted three goals for fourth hat trick of the year. He scored both of Capital's first two goals in the first quarter and then opening up second quarter scoring with a tally less than two minutes in, as well. He is now two points away from 150 in his career and 11 goals away from 100.
Sophomore Carson Paull (Sandpoint, Idaho) was one of three Crusaders to post a pair of goals in Saturday's win over the Purple Raiders. Both of his came in the first quarter to help Capital take a 4-0 lead into the second. Freshman Jordan Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio) also scored two goals, marking his third multi-goal game of the season.
Sophomore Ted Crites (Waukee, Iowa) got it done in both columns, scoring twice and also logging in two assists. Also posting four points was sophomore Brennan O'Callaghan, who scored one but added three helpers.
Capital will now prep for rival Otterbein University, whom they will play in Westerville, Ohio this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Crusaders will be fighting for a place in the upcoming OAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament and are on the brink of a spot in the postseason.