DANVILLE, Ky.—Transylvania University's men's lacrosse team failed to hold onto a halftime lead as they fell to rival Centre College in non-conference action on Wednesday by a score of 12-9.
The Pioneers got on the board first when attacker Clay Douthat scored just three minutes into the first quarter off an assist from midfielder Evan Wright to take a 1-0 lead. The Colonels of Centre responded with two goals of their own to take the lead until midfielder Zach Riggs knotted the score up at two apiece with 5:43 to play in the opening quarter.
Transylvania quickly jumped out to a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter, with Douthat scoring two more goals and midfielder Sam Ives adding a goal of his own in the first five minutes of play in the quarter. Centre tallied two unanswered to draw the game within one goal before midfielder Andrew Meyer pushed the lead back to two with 3:21 to play in the half. Centre scored with just nine seconds left in the half to send the teams to the locker room with Transy on top 6-5.
Coming out of the break, Transylvania looked to put the game away, with midfielder Clark Watts netting a goal at the 13:45 mark in the third quarter and Douthat scored his third goal of the game just two minutes later to put the Pioneers on top 8-5. The Colonels went on an extended run to close the quarter however, outscoring Transy 4-1 over the final 11 minutes of the third.
The teams entered the final quarter in a deadlock at 9-9. Centre would pull away however, scoring two goals in a 13 second period to take a two-goal advantage before the Colonels scored a third and final goal of the quarter with 5:35 to play. Leading 12-9, Centre tightened up their defense and the Pioneers were unable to score in the fourth quarter.
Despite winning 15 face offs to Centre's nine and putting three shots on goal in the closing period, the Pioneers could not overcome the three late goals from Centre. Transylvania took one more shot than the Colonels but each team put 18 on goal throughout the match.
Douthat led the Pioneers in scoring with four goals and goalkeeper Cooper Fogle tallied six saves in the game.
Transylvania falls to 4-5 on the season with the loss. They return to action Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with a non-conference game against Muskingum.