By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
DANVILLE, Ky. – The Capital University women's lacrosse team had a firm hold on its fourth win of the year with seven minutes and change remaining in regulation. However, the host Centre College Colonels made a huge push to score the game's final seven goals to induce overtime and overcome the Crusaders in Saturday's nonconference road game. Capital fell to 3-4 overall after falling to Centre, 14-13, in overtime.
Capital rolled into halftime with a four-goal lead and inflated that advantage to six goals after scoring four of the first six goals in the second half. With the score 13-7 after Makenna Ozenghar's third goal of the day, Centre took over for the final 7:13 of the second half. Capital took just one shot attempt to close out the half while the Colonels rattled off six straight goals to tie the game. The Crusaders' fortunes also changed in the center circle. As part of the Centre rally, the Colonels also won five of seven draw controls.
With 2:07 on the clock following Centre's 12th goal, Capital both caused and committed a costly turnover to put the ball back in the Colonels' possession. After a foul was called inside the eight-meter mark, Hannah Hardy lined up for a free-position shot. Cap goalie Lisa Lotz made the save but the loose ball was picked up by Amelia Tommasulo and sent home for the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the overtime session.
Prior to the comeback, Capital had spread out its offensive attack to get seven different players in the scoresheet. Ozenghar led the Purple and White with three goals while four different Crusaders tallied two goals including Kathryn Walton, Brooke Delara, Luci Kanowski, and Dana Stover.
Two of Cap's goals scored in the first half were with its special team units. Taylor Barclay scored CU's fourth goal while on the man-up, while Delara ended the first half with a man-down goal to put Cap up 9-5.
Hannah Hardy led Centre with four goals, three of those coming in the second half. Abby Whitford was one of two players to tally three for the Colonels and all three came as part of the comeback effort.
Walton also had a solid day on defense. She marked up the record book by overtaking the number one spot for caused turnovers in a game (7) while also tying the career mark for caused turnovers (72). She also collected four ground balls and eight draw controls.
The loss drops Capital to 3-4 overall on the season, but the games that matter most are right around the corner. The Crusaders will open Ohio Athletic Conference play next Saturday, March 23, when they welcome Baldwin Wallace University to Bernlohr Stadium for a 1 p.m. game to open conference play.