By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wednesday night, Capital University Women's Lacrosse will serve as host to one of the two semi-final matchups in the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. The Crusaders will take on the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets in a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup at Bernlohr Stadium on May 1.
No. 2 Capital (10-5, 7-1 OAC) will host No. 3 Baldwin Wallace (9-6, 6-2 OAC) on Wednesday night at Bernlohr Stadium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Capital and Baldwin Wallace have met seven times since their programs have been created. The overall record is 3-4 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Cap is 1-3 against BW at Bernlohr Stadium in its history. They have met once before in the OAC Tournament, in 2017, a game which the Yellow Jackets won 9-8 in overtime.
Brie Martineau is one of three Yellow Jackets to score 30 or more goals this season and ranks seventh in points (58). Maddie Ray (37) and Megan Patrick (34) round out that short list. Hannah Stein is third in draw controls (85), second in caused turnovers (38), and sixth in ground balls (47). Ashleigh Hildreth ranks third in saves (140), but is fifth in save percentage (.461) and goals-against average (10.89). BW finds itself in the middle of the pack in most categories with the exception of draw controls (213, 14.20/g).
On the other side of the field, Lisa Lotz ranks third in save percentage (.478) and GAA (9.54), while placing fourth in saves (110). In front of her, Kate Enot, Brooke Overly and Alex Lowry lead a defense that has not allowed more than 10 goals since its mid-March overtime loss to Centre College. Collectively, the Crusaders rank second in goals against (129), GAA (8.54) and caused turnovers (203). On the offensive end, Cap ranks third in goals scored (218, 14.53/g) led by Kathryn Walton (52-23-75). She one of four Crusaders with 30 or more goals this season as she is trailed by Makenna Ozenghar (41), Brooke Delara (34) and Dana Stover (30). Walton (75) and Delara (68) both rank in the top five in the OAC for points scored. Walton also leads the conference in ground balls (63) and caused turnovers (48).
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Baldwin Wallace's only two losses in conference play come from the two teams ahead of them in the OAC Tournament seeding - Mount Union and Capital. Baldwin Wallace comes off a 14-8 win over Otterbein, but lost to Mount Union, 15-4, prior to that. Baldwin Wallace began the year 2-0 with a key win over Centre College, but then lost five of six in March.
Capital had a seven-game winning streak heading into its season finale with Mount Union, tied for longest in program history. The Crusaders are coming off a tight 10-9 loss to the Purple Raiders in which Mount Union came back from four goals down and scored the game-winner just before time expired. Cap has been regionally ranked for the last two weeks and will likely enter Wednesday's matchup ranked once again.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET …
… the Crusaders had their way with the Yellow Jackets in the second half as part of a 20-10 romp on March 23 to open OAC play. Cap outscored Baldwin Wallace 12-4 in the second half to lead the march to victory.
Kathryn Walton had a hat trick before the end of the first half and helped Cap take an 8-6 lead into the half. After BW opened the second with a goal, Capital rattled off seven unanswered scores, two more Walton and an additional pair by Brooke Delara. That rally willed the Purple and White to create the distance needed for a comfortable win, the team's first win at home over BW Walton finished with 10 points behind seven goals and three assists. On the defensive end, Cap's Alex Lowry and Kate Enot had three caused turnovers each. Lowry had a career-high seven draw controls, as well. Lisa Lotz made 15 saves, tying a career-high.
Baldwin Wallace was led by Maddie Ray, who scored three goals - all in the first half. Hannah Stein reeled in 11 draw controls. Ashleigh Hildreth made 11 saves in goal.
Senior (62+ years)/Military: $6.00
OAC student: Free (with valid student ID)
Non-OAC student: $3.00
* OAC lifetime passes will be honored, OAC season passes are not valid for the tournament
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