LEXINGTON, Ky.—Led by sophomore attacker Zach Roby and a stout defensive effort, the Transylvania University men's lacrosse team thoroughly dismantled the visiting Muskingum College Muskies on Saturday by a score of 14-0.
The Pioneers got on the board quickly with a goal by Roby in the second minute of play. Roby followed shortly after with a goal less than two minutes later on an assist from midfielder David Smith. Transy scored again with 8:26 to play in the opening quarter, this time with an unassisted goal from midfielder Gus Burge. In the second quarter, the Pioneers continued to build their lead with goals by Zack Riggs and Burge to put Transylvania on top 5-0 heading into the locker room.
Transylvania exploded in the third quarter, scoring five goals. Roby opened the scoring in the half with a goal at the 13:35 mark for his third goal of the game. Attacker Clay Douthat joined the scoring action with a goal just inside the 10-minute mark to put Transy up 7-0. The Pioneers did not score for five minutes but with four minutes to play in the third, Roby took a pass from attacker Ben Erwin and found the back of the net again. After a Muskingum penalty put Transy in a man-up situation, Erwin scored his first goal of the day with 3:03 to play in the third on an assist from Riggs to put the Pioneers on top 9-0. Just 30 seconds later, Burge scored again to the Pioneers up by 10 heading into the final quarter of play.
Roby continued to shine in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals. Erwin also netted his second goal of the match. Douthat picked up two assists in the period.
In an impressive display of offensive potency and defensive force, the Pioneers dominated the game from start to finish. Transylvania ripped off 59 shots in the game, including 31 on target to put unending pressure on the Muskingum goalkeeper. Midfielder Clark Watts led the way with 13 shots while Erwin and Roby took 12 and 10 respectively. Roby, who scored seven goals, was one away from the single-game record set in 2013.
Defensively, the Pioneers forced 28 Muskie turnovers and dominated the ground game. Led by defender Matthew Parker's season-high 12 groundballs, Transylvania picked up 31 groundballs to Muskingum's 14. The Transylvania defense also held the Muskies to just 10 shots in the match.
Transylvania moves to 5-5 on the season and turns its head to Ohio River Athletic Conference play after completing their non-conference schedule. The Pioneers return to action on Wednesday with a game at Pat Deacon Stadium against preseason favorite Hanover College.