LEXINGTON, Ky.—Despite three fourth quarter Transylvania goals in a 3:16 span, Capital University held on for a 12-9 win over the men's lacrosse team as two of the top ranked defenses squared off Saturday at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Transylvania entered Saturday's contest third in the country in scoring defense, while Capital ranked fifth in the category as the team's traded goals the entire contest.
The Pioneers converted on a man-up opportunity as Evan Wright found Clark Watts for the goal less than four minutes into play to take the first lead of the game. In the following minutes, the Crusaders used a lengthy seven-shot possession before Brennan O'Callaghan evened the score at one apiece.
Capital took a 2-1 lead following the opening faceoff of the second period, but seconds later Zach Roby answered to tie the game again. The Crusaders added two goals to build a 4-2 lead, but the Pioneers came right back with a goal from Wright to pull Transy back within one, 4-3, with 5:51 left in the first half.
Watts converted a Capital turnover into a goal before time expired in the first half narrowing the Crusader lead back to one, 5-4, after an O'Callaghan score.
Capital opened the second half with two goals extending its lead to 7-4, before Roby and Zack Riggs connected on two goals in a 1:03 span to narrow the Crusader lead to 7-6. The Crusaders won the ensuing faceoff and added a score with three minutes left in the third to hold an 8-6 advantage before the final period.
Both defenses held the offenses scoreless in the opening minutes of the fourth, but back-to-back goals from the Crusaders gave Capital a 10-6 lead with 9:26 left to play.
The Pioneer offense netted three goals in a 3:16 span to pull within two, 11-9, with two scores from Riggs and one from Roby, before a late goal from O'Callaghan sealed the win for the Crusaders.
Roby and Riggs led the Pioneers with three goals each, as Watts added two goals. The Pioneers controlled the faceoffs winning 16-of-25 on the day.
The Pioneers (4-4) travel to Centre College Wednesday as they take on the Colonels in a non-conference matchup. Wednesday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.