Lexington, Ky. – Led by a scoring frenzy from its veteran corps, the Transylvania women's lacrosse team grabbed a convincing 21-3 victory against the Thiel College Tomcats Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Emma Oliver tied her single-game career high in goals with a 7-goal performance to notch one-third of the Pioneers' production, and added two assists.
Oliver's co-captain, junior attacker Julia Ward, added six goals and one assist in the victory for Transylvania.
A blustery afternoon did not deter the offensive electricity of the Pioneers, who exploded for 14 goals in the first half to the tune of a 14-2 halftime lead. Thiel issued the first goal of the game with 24:16 remaining in the half.
While the Pioneers required over seven minutes to ignite their offensive engine, they were firing on all cylinders once sophomore attacker Alexis Rubin scored the first goal of the day on a free position shot at the 22:49 mark.
Rubin's goal set off a string of eight unanswered goals for the Pioneers, including a hat trick from Oliver during that stretch, and back-to-back goals by Ward.
Thiel stopped the bleeding with a goal at the 11:20 mark at the first half to close Transy's lead to 8-2, but the Pioneers responded with another blistering run to put the game out of reach by halftime. The Pioneers scored the final six goals of the half, as Oliver scored her second hat-trick of the game and freshman attacker Katie Smith scored the first of her four goals on the afternoon.
As they did in the first half, the Tomcats scored the first goal of the second half. But like the first period, Transylvania responded with another thunderous run, scoring the last seven goals of the game for the 21-3 final.
Saturday's 21-goal output marked the fourth time in five games during the month of April that the Pioneers have scored 20 goals or more in a game.
Ward led the Pioneers in ground balls with a game-high seven scoops, and collected a game-high eight draw controls. Transylvania outgained Thiel 26-9 in the ground ball department, and impressively limited Thiel to a 3-for-16 clearance rate.
Ward and Oliver are now tied for second in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in individual goals, with each having registered 44 on the season.
The win lifted Transylvania to 5-1 in conference play with three games remaining in the conference schedule, and 11-2 overall. Transylvania currently sits in sole possession of second place in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference standings with games remaining against Thomas More, Franklin, and Westminster.
The Pioneers will aim to close their regular season schedule strong with a string of three games in six days, beginning with a Tuesday road contest at Thomas More. The draw between Transylvania and Thomas More is set for 4:00 p.m. at BB&T Field.
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