Baltimore, Md. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team dropped a 20-5 result in a nonconference challenge to the No. 20 Connecticut College Camels on the campus of John Hopkins University on Tuesday afternoon.
Transylvania's record falls to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference while the Camels, who are currently ranked 20th in USILA National Poll, now possess a record of 4-0 and 2-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Leading the way for Transylvania was senior attack Brad Clements, who scored two goals on five shots.
While the Pioneers held their own over the first few minutes of the game, the Camels scored four goals over the final four minutes of the first quarter to assert a comfortable lead.
Connecticut College began to pull away in the second quarter, scoring four straight goals to start off the period.
The Pioneers' lone offensive opportunity in the first half came when Clements scored off of a nifty pass from freshman midfielder Kayd Aquino, cutting the Camels' lead to 8-1 heading into intermission.
After giving up an additional eight goals to the Camels, senior midfielder Josh Mesmer and junior attack Nick Bailey scored a pair of goals for Transylvania in the final two minutes of the third quarter as the Pioneers began finding their footing late against the national power.
Clements and sophomore midfielder Jack Stevenson each scored for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter, pushing the final score to 20-5 in favor of the Camels.
While the scoreboard might have appeared one-sided, Transylvania head coach Terry Justice was pleased with the progress his team showed in the game.
"It was a really cool experience to play a team from the NESCAC on such sacred lacrosse ground," said Justice. "When you think about playing a top-20 team, that's a big boost for our lacrosse program. While we may not have won the game, it's clear to see that we are closing the gap on reaching the Top 25."
Up next, the Pioneers will return to Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play as they travel to Greenville, Pennsylvania to face the Thiel College Tomcats on Saturday, March 17. Opening face-off between the Pioneers and the Tomcats is set for 1:00 p.m. at Rissell-Schreyer Dome.
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