Transylvania men's lacrosse advances easily to HCLC Tournament Championship game

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Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team punched its ticket to the program's fifth straight conference tournament championship match with an unwavering 29-0 victory over the Mount St. Joseph University Lions at Pat Deacon Stadium in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday night.

The Pioneers' record improves to 13-4 with the victory while the Lions' season comes to an end with a record of 2-14.

Bryce Lowe and Trenton Sneed each posted five-goal, two-assist performances for the Pioneers who overpowered the Lions offensively throughout the night. Altogether, 14 different Pioneers scored in the victory with seven recording multi-goal games.

The Transylvania defensive unit was stifling throughout the game, holding the Lions to just six shots while recording the team's second shutout of the season. Additionally, the Pioneers forced 41 Mount St. Joseph turnovers and collected 51 ground balls in comparison to just 14 for the Lions.

Lowe, Sneed, Kayd Aquino, and Nic Bailey each scored multiple goals in the opening minutes of the game as the Pioneers jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Pioneers pushed their lead to 16-0 with seven goals in the second quarter, including two from Sneed just moments before the halftime intermission.

Eight different Pioneers registered goals in the third quarter while Transylvania's defense continued to hold the Lions in check.

With the game's outcome secured, Transylvania head coach Terry Justice made extensive use of his reserves in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers pushed the final margin of victory to 29-0.

Tonight's victory sets up an HCLC Championship matchup between the tournament No. 1 seed Pioneers and the No. 2 seed Hanover College Panthers on Saturday afternoon with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament on the line. The game is set for a 1:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium and will commence a lacrosse championship doubleheader with the women's lacrosse tournament title game featuring Transylvania and Hanover to follow at 4:00 p.m.

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