By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's lacrosse team won its sixth straight game and now has put together its best start in program history following its 12-9 win over The College of Wooster at Bernlohr Stadium on Wednesday night.
Junior attackman CJ Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) put together a 10-point night behind six goals and four assists, tying a career high for points in a game. Wednesday night marked the second time he hit 10 points in a single game and his four assists set a new career high. He now has a team and conference-leading 26 goals plus 14 helpers on the year.
The Crusaders tallied an assist on each goal scored in the win and put seven different players in the scoresheet. Talbott Gottwals (Columbia, Md./Atholon) tallied a hat trick plus one and added an assist. His four goals also set another Crusader career high.
For the fourth straight game and sixth out of seven this season senior goalie TJ Johnson (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) tallied 10 or more saves in a single game. He put up 13 more stops against the Fighting Scots on Wednesday night, taking his season total to 90.
Freshman Jack Scharner (Maineville, Ohio/King's) earned the first start of his career and scored the Crusaders' first goal of the game just 2:38 into the contest. That set into motion a four-goal run by Capital in which Gottwals scored twice and Hughes was involved on three scores.
Hughes scored for a second time in the quarter when Scharner set him up in the middle for a clear shot to the cage, which put Cap up 5-2 before the first break. Gottwals opened up the second quarter with a man-up goal ripped from the near post followed by the completed hat trick by Hughes to put Cap up 7-2 with 7:45 remaining the second.
Wooster rattled off the last three goals of the half to keep it close, but the Crusaders' offense continued to roll in the second half. Hughes continued to score at will when he benefitted off of feeds from Barrett Naugle and Ed Carroll to increase Cap's lead to four for a second time in the game. Ryan Rampi scored what would eventually become the game-winning goal with 9:07 remaining in the third after taking a feed from Hughes behind the net and whipping in his lone goal of the game.
Both teams swapped goals to end the third and keep a four-goal differential. Wooster was only able to muster two additional goals in the fourth as Cap kept it together. Johnson made four of his 13 saves in the fourth quarter and only one of the two goals scored by Wooster in the fourth was even strength.
Tyler Faig (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) had another strong night on the X to get things going for the Purple and White. The junior went 15-of-23 for his fourth game of winning 50 percent or more of his faceoffs.
The Crusaders are now 6-1 overall, marking the best seven-game start to a season in program history. They now set the table for their Ohio Athletic Conference opener, which will be played on the road this Saturday at Baldwin Wallace University. The Yellow Jackets and Crusaders will face off at 1 p.m. from George Finnie Stadium in Berea.