Lexington, Ky. – Eight different Pioneer players scored as the Transylvania men's lacrosse team earned a 10-5 victory over the Grove City College Wolverines at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The win propels Transylvania's overall record to 6-6 on the year and keeps the Pioneers in contention at 5-1 in the Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference standings. With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 5-4 on the season, and 2-2 in the ORLC.
Leading the way on offense for the Transylvania was junior attack Nick Bailey, who scored two goals and added two assists while orchestrating the Pioneers' offense throughout the game.
Senior midfielder Josh Mesmer also scored twice for the Pioneers and tallied one assist and one ground ball. The performance was Mesmer's fifth multi-goal game of the season.
After falling behind 1-0 to the Wolverines early in the game, the Pioneers evened the score with a goal from Bailey at the 11:15 mark of the first quarter.
With just under five minutes to go in the quarter, a pass from Mesmer found the waiting net of sophomore attack Trenton Sneed, who put the Pioneers in front of Grove City for good.
With under five minutes to play in the second quarter Mesmer came through with the third goal of the day for the Pioneers and freshman midfielder Jack May scored the first home goal of his career to extend the Pioneers' lead to 4-1 by halftime.
The Pioneers and the Wolverines settled in defensively in the third quarter as each team allowed just one goal in the period, bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of the crimson.
The fourth quarter brought an offensive explosion from both teams. However, Transylvania outscored Grove City 5-3 leading to the 10-5 final in favor of the Pioneers.
Reigning ORLC defensive player of the week sophomore T.J. Toivonen was spectacular on defense for the Pioneers, scooping seven ground balls, causing four turnovers, and scoring one goal from his defensive position.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Webb picked up the victory in goal for Transylvania as he tallied eight saves against just five goals allowed in 60 minutes of action.
Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Hanover, Indiana on Wednesday, April 11 for an ORLC matchup with the Hanover College Panthers. First face-off between the Panthers and the Pioneers is set for 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
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