Men’s Lacrosse drops 10-6 decision on opening game of spring break trip to Huntingdon

Men’s Lacrosse drops 10-6 decision on opening game of spring break trip to Huntingdon

Montgomery, AL. – Junior attacker Clark Watts and junior midfielder Zack Riggs both scored two goals but their opponent broke loose for double-digit goals as the Transylvania University men's lacrosse team lost to Huntingdon 10-6 at Samford Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama on Monday night.

The Pioneers dropped to 1-3 on the season after suffering the road loss in Alabama.

The Hawks struck first with an unassisted goal a little over five minutes into the game. Two minutes later, the Pioneers tied it on an unassisted goal by Watts. Freshman midfielder Alex Cherry followed up Watts's conversion with another unassisted goal about a minute and a half later for a 2-1 Pioneer lead.

Huntingdon then responded with two unanswered goals before the end of the first quarter to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Junior goalie Cooper Fogle saw eight first quarter shots from the Hawks and made saves on five of them.

Huntingdon outshot Transylvania 8-5 in the first 15 minutes of play.

The Hawks then did most of their lasting damage in the second quarter, outscoring the Pioneers 4-1 to take a halftime lead of 7-3. Riggs's score with less than two minutes remaining before the break was the lone goal for the Pioneers in the quarter.

The Pioneers showed promise and pulled within three just 19 seconds into the third quarter on Watts's second unassisted goal of the day to bring Transy within three goals as they trailed, 7-4.

Senior attacker Ben Erwin also found the back of the net but not before two more Huntingdon scores were placed on the board, giving the Hawks a 9-5 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Both teams notched one more goal in the fourth quarter with Riggs scoring his second of the contest for Transylvania to bring the Pios within four at 10-6 for the final margin.

Watts added two ground balls and a caused turnover to his scoring efforts while Riggs chipped in with three face-off wins and two ground balls as well.    

Freshman long stick middie Webb VanMeter also displayed a valiant defensive performance for the Pioneers with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Fogle finished the night stopping seven of seventeen shots from Huntingdon. The junior currently has 45 saves through four games in 2016 and a save percentage of 60.8.

Transylvania will stay in Alabama to face Birmingham-Southern and attempt to move their season back on course this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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