Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team continued its recent streak of high scoring games, as the Pioneers defeated the Franklin College Grizzlies, 18-6 at Pat Deacon Stadium on Friday night.
With the win, Transylvania's record now goes to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference play with just one game remaining before the conference tournament commences next weekend.
The Pioneers were led on offense by junior attacker Julia Ward who scored six goals and added three assists. Ward also collected three ground balls and seven draw controls in the match. The performance was Ward's fourth in a row of five or more goals.
Freshman midfielder Brianna McCulley also had a heavy hand in the Transylvania scoring efforts, as she recorded her second straight five-goal game of the week.
Defensively, the Pioneers were led by junior defender Katherine Stachowski, who caused two turnovers in the game in addition to scooping up two ground balls.
The Pioneers wasted little time in pouncing on the Grizzlies as Ward's free position shot found the back of the net just 30 seconds into the game.
The Pioneers would go on to score four more goals over the next six minutes, pushing the lead to 5-0 at the 23:04 mark of the first half.
After Franklin recorded its first goal of the day, Transylvania responded with a pair of goals from McCulley that extended the Franklin deficit to 7-1.
As the half dwindled away, the Pioneers were still out for goals, as they outscored the Grizzlies 6-1 in the final 5:25 of the first half, including a free position goal from freshman defender Harper Zeitz.
Like the first half, the Pioneers started off the second half with a free position goal just 30 seconds into play. This time, the strike came from sophomore midfielder Emma Oliver.
Transylvania was content to trade goals with Franklin over the final minutes of the game, as the Pioneers eventually pushed the final score to 18-6.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent also turned in a strong showing for the Pioneers, as she compiled 14 saves while only allowing six goals in the victory. Dent now holds the second-lowest goals-against average in the ORLC with a mark of 8.45 goals allowed per game.
There will be a quick turnaround for the Pioneers as they return to the field to take on the Westminster College Titans tomorrow. The senior day game is set for a 12:00 p.m. first draw at Pat Deacon Stadium with a ceremony to honor the lone graduating senior, Kelsey McCoy, shortly before the opening draw.
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