Memphis, Tenn. – The Transylvania women's hockey team could not salvage a victory to conclude its conference-opening weekend road trip, as the Rhodes College Lynx secured a 3-0 win over the Pioneers on Saturday afternoon at Mason Field.
After a closely-fought 3-2 defeat the previous day at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, the Pioneers made their way east for a Sunday brunch matchup looking to continue a pattern of offensive aggression crafted the day before.
Instead, the Lynx pounced early in the contest, registering their first goal within the four-minute mark of the first half. After the early salvo, the Pioneers rebounded and shifted into a defensive mentality, limiting Rhodes without a goal for most of the ensuing portion of the first half.
As they did the day before against Hendrix, Transylvania collected its fair share of penalty corners in the first half, but Rhodes held tight and denied the continual Pioneer offensive threats. The Lynx slipped in one more goal before the first half ended with a score at the 33:45 mark to take a healthy lead into the second half.
The Lynx continued their hot streak to begin the second period with their third goal of the afternoon at the 38:25 mark in the game that solidified the scoring for the day.
Transylvania continued to seek openings in the Rhodes' defense but as the Lynx shifted back into a defensive lineup, chances to break through on offense became limited and rare.
Goalkeeper Allyson Benz stood firm for most of the afternoon with a season-high 14 saves in a stout defensive performance.
The Pioneers complete their opening weekend of Southern Athletic Association play with an 0-2 conference record with one game remaining on their challenging six-game season-opening road trip.
Transylvania faces off at archrival Centre on Wednesday in Danville, Kentucky at 7:00 p.m. before next Saturday's home opener against Ferrum.
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