Concordia escapes with 7-6 win over Transylvania

Concordia escapes with 7-6 win over Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. –A go-ahead man-up goal with 2:08 lifted the visiting Falcons of Concordia University over the Transylvania University men's lacrosse team, 7-6, Thursday at Pat Deacon Stadium.

"That was a tough loss, but I'm proud of how hard we competed," head coach Terry Justice said. "The boys are not down. They are ready to play the next game."

The Pioneers led 6-5 entering the final quarter of play before the Falcons tied the game at six with 3:29 left in regulation. A Transylvania penalty gave Concordia a man-up opportunity and the Falcons netted the go-ahead goal to escape Lexington with a win.

The Pioneers scored four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead with 6:08 left in the first half. Concordia got on the board first to take a 2-0 lead, before sophomore Clark Watts got the Pioneers on the board with 2:21 left in the first quarter. Sophomore Zach Roby tied the game at two with four seconds remaining in the first quarter, after goalkeeper Cooper Fogle forced a Falcon turnover which gave the Pioneers possession.

Junior Clay Douthat logged back-to-back scores for the Transylvania offense to extend the lead to 4-2 just past the midway point in the second quarter. Concordia's, Marino Best pulled the Falcons to within one with a goal less than a minute later but as time wound down in the first half freshman Josh Mesmer found Zack Riggs for the score giving the Pioneers a 5-3 lead at the break.

The Falcons tallied two goals in the third quarter to knot the score at five. Transylvania freshman Brendan Thompson gave the Pioneers a 6-5 lead with 24 seconds left in the third quarter, before Concordia scored two goals late to seal the win.

The Pioneers open Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play Saturday as they travel to Bethany College.  Saturday's game is scheduled for 1 p.m.  Live stats and video are available here.