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Offensive production shines in conference victory

April 27th, 2016

 

 

The John Carroll University Men’s Lacrosse team moved into fourth place in the Ohio Athletic Conference after defeating Capital University 13-10 in an April 16 contest.

 

Sunshine, warm weather and clear skies drew the largest crowd Don Shula Stadium has seen this spring season.

 

The momentum started in Capital’s favor at the start of the first period as they scored a quick two goals, but the tables turned as junior midfielder Dakota Thomas started a rally for JCU. Just 30 seconds later, junior midfielder Declan O’Grady added another goal to even out the score. In the last minute of the opening quarter, junior attack man Michael Hubert scored his first goal of the day to give the Blue Streaks a 3-2 advantage to close out the first stanza.

 

Capital was held scoreless in the second quarter until the 5:44 mark of the frame, where JCU nearly doubled their score going into the second half. Junior midfielder Gary Anile, sophomore attack man Connor Pike, freshman midfielder Collin Riley and Hubert all found the back of the net to give the squad a four-point edge.

 

The third quarter featured strong offensive battles from both squads. JCU and CU enjoyed an eight goal quarter with both teams contributing an equal four goals apiece.

 

JCU maintained the four-point lead the remainder of the game, until Capital’s freshman attack man Brennan O’Callaghan shaved the gap with his two goals in the final fifteen minutes of play. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Pike went coast-to-coast to locate O’Grady, who scored JCU’s 12th goal of the day. Hubert put the finishing touches on the victory with his fifth goal of the day, and the final one for the Blue Streaks.

 

Hubert led the Blue Streaks with five goals and one assist.                   Additionally, O’Grady contributed two goals, as a total of eight different players scored for the hosting Blue Streaks. JCU more than doubled the number of shots Capital took, 50-23, and won 18 of the 27 face-offs.

 

The Blue Streaks move to 6-5, 2-1 in the OAC, while the Crusaders falls to 9-4,1-2 OAC, and to the bottom half of the conference. Each team has four more conference matchups left to play. John Carroll is now tied for third place with Otterbein University in the conference standings.

 

This was the third all-time matchup for these teams. Capital won last season’s contest 10-8. JCU won the first face off in 2014 9-4. The trend has been that the home team walks away with the victory. The Blue Streaks are 5-1 inside the confines of Don Shula Stadiums. season so far.