Transylvania men's lacrosse fall by thin margin to St. Vincent in see-saw battle

Alex Cherry in action

Lexington, Ky. – After fighting back from an early three-goal deficit, the Transylvania men's lacrosse saw a three-goal lead go by the wayside to the St. Vincent College Bearcats in an 11-10 setback at Pat Deacon Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Junior midfielder Alex Cherry led the Pioneers in scoring with a Sunday hat-trick, while sophomore attack Trenton Sneed tallied three points on one goal and two assists.

Defensively, sophomore defender T.J. Toivonen turned in another stellar performance that consisted of 10 ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to his two goals scored in the loss.

The Bearcats and Pioneers played a highly physical and competitive first quarter that ended with St. Vincent holding a slim 3-2 advantage.

As the Pioneers struggled to score in the second quarter, two late goals by the Bearcats gave St. Vincent its largest lead of the game at 5-2.

Transylvania responded with a late goal from Cherry, cutting the lead to 5-3 at the halftime break.

The Pioneers asserted themselves in the third quarter as they soared back to outscore the Bearcats 3-1 in the period, including a man-down goal from Toivonen at the 2:37 mark.

Junior attack Nick Bailey put the Pioneers in front, 7-6 just seconds into the fourth quarter on an assist from Sneed.

Transylvania followed up the Bailey delivery with goals from Chery and Sneed to take a 9-6 lead over St. Vincent with 12:27 remaining in the game.

But the Bearcats ended the game on a focused run, outscoring Transylvania 5-1 over the final 12 minutes of the game for the 11-10 victory.

With the loss, Transylvania's record falls to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference play, while St. Vincent moves to 6-3 and 3-0 in their ORLC ledger.

Up next, the Pioneers the Pioneers will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Wednesday night, March 28. Face-off between the Lions and the Pioneers is set for 8:00 p.m. at Schueler Field.

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