Frederick, Maryland – The Transylvania field hockey team set the tone for its 2019 season and a new era with a resounding 3-0 season-opening victory against the Hood College Blazers on Friday night at Thomas Athletic Field.
Playing in its first game under new head coach Katie Hastings, the Pioneers delivered a win to their new coach with a consistent display of hardy defense throughout the game and well-timed goals to grab momentum early.
The evening included a collection of firsts as the Pioneers played their first game under the new timing rules that segment the game into four 15-minute quarters versus the old format of two 35-minute halves. Transylvania took advantage of the new segmentation by laying claim to the first quarter as the Pioneers scored twice in the frame.
Tori Coleman led off the scoring for the 2019 season with a score in the sixth minute of the contest for a 1-0 lead. Lilly Kramer followed suit less than a minute later when she found the back of the net to raise the Pioneers' advantage to 2-0. The Pioneers held firm in the first quarter, outshooting the Blazers 10 to 0 while earning a 7-0 penalty corner advantage in the first.
Hood buckled down defensively in the second quarter as both teams went scoreless and the Pioneers carried a 2-0 lead to halftime.
Transylvania showed off its defensive prowess in the third quarter, again holding the Blazers without a shot. Brianna McCulley added the last score of the contest with a third-quarter goal to push Transy's lead to 1-0. The score represented the first career goal for the senior McCulley, who was playing in her first career collegiate field hockey game.
The Pioneers return to play on Sunday, September 2 as they visit the Goucher College Gophers in Baltimore, Maryland. The contest is scheduled for a 12:00 Noon start at Beldon Field.
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