Transylvania WLAX shuts down St. Vincent as Ward eclipses 200-goal mark

Julie Ward on the move

Julie Ward 200 career goal achievement

Latrobe, Pa. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse put on a defensive clinic as the team rolled to a convincing 22-1 victory over the St. Vincent College Bearcats at the SVC Turf on Saturday morning.

The Pioneers have now won 12 straight games, their second-longest streak in program history. With the win, the Pioneers maintain control of first place in the Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference standings with a mark of 9-0 in conference play. Transylvania sits one game ahead of Washington & Jefferson College and two games ahead of St. Vincent in the ORLC standings with two games remaining in the regular season; the Pioneers hold tiebreakers over both teams. 

Transylvania's defense was spectacular throughout the game as the Pioneers held NCAA Division III scoring leader Maggie Nelson to just one goal in the game, well below her season average of 9.25 goals per game.

Additionally, the Pioneers held St. Vincent to just one goal as a team, the first time the Bearcats have been held under five goals since the 2013 season.

The victory also marked a momentous occasion for senior attack Julia Ward, who scored six goals on the day, putting her over the 200 career-goal mark for her career.  Ward is the first player in program history to score 200 or more goals.

Ward scored her 200th goal five minutes into the game to put the Pioneers in front 1-0. However, the Bearcats tallied an equalizer just seconds later, evening the score at 1-1.

The Pioneers responded by scoring nine straight goals over the final 21 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 10-1 lead into the halftime break.

Transylvania's strong play continued into the second half as ward and freshman attack Shelby Wuest each scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of play to extend the lead to 14-1.

Transylvania's defense continued to hold St. Vincent's offense in check over the final minutes of the game while the Pioneers extended their lead to the eventual 22-1 final.

Goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent picked up the victory in net for the Pioneers. The junior tallied four saves and allowed just one goal in 60 minutes of action.

Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, April 24 for an ORLC bout with the Mount St. Joseph University Lions. Opening draw between the Pioneers and the Lions is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Sports Complex.

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