Solid defensive effort and offensive efficiency help Pioneers to 12-3 win over Piedmont

Solid defensive effort and offensive efficiency help Pioneers to 12-3 win over Piedmont

DEMOREST, Ga.—Six Pioneers scored en route to a 12-3 win, as the Transylvania University men's lacrosse team downed home standing Piedmont College Wednesday at Walker Athletic Complex to even the season at 2-2.

"It was great to rebound from a tough loss last game," head coach Terry Justice said. "They were embarrassed by their play and really focused on doing the little things that win games."

Offensively, the Pioneers' offense was efficient throughout the contest logging three scores in each quarter while the defense limited the Lions to three lone scores in the first half.

Piedmont got on the board first to take a 1-0 lead, but from there it was all Transylvania. The Pioneers netted three unanswered goals sparked by sophomore midfielder David Smith's goal with 10:24 left in the first quarter to tie the game at one.

With 3:21 left in the first, freshman midfielder Josh Mesmer tallied his eighth goal of the season on a man up opportunity to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead.  Sophomore Zach Roby's goal with 1:05 left in quarter gave the Pioneers a 3-1 lead and put momentum in favor of the visitors.

The Lions found the net as time wound down in the quarter, but the Pioneers' offense kept the pace outscoring Piedmont 9-2 for the remainder of the contest to pick up the win.

Roby added a goal in the second period on a rebound and less than a minute later, Mesmer found the net again putting the Pioneers up 5-2. Transylvania held a 6-3 lead at the break, after Mesmer added his third goal of the contest following a successful clear attempt.

Much was the same in the second half, as the relentless attack from the Pioneers' offense continued. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Meyer added the seventh goal of the night for the Pioneers, before sophomore Clark Watts extended the Transylvania lead to 8-3 with another score.

Roby, Watts and Smith each scored again, before junior midfielder added an insurance goal with 5:42 left to play to secure the win for the Pioneers.

"The boys wanted to win this game very badly for teammate Ben Erwin who went down with an injury against Rhodes College," Justice said.

Goal keeper Cooper Fogle and the defensive unit limited the Lions' possessions forcing 10 turnovers. The Pioneers converted on 24-of-27 clear attempts, while scooping 33 ground balls.

Transylvania returns to action March 19 against Concordia at Pat Deacon Stadium. Live stats and video are available here