Erwin scores hat trick as Pioneers come up short vs. Oberlin

Erwin scores hat trick as Pioneers come up short vs. Oberlin

Lexington, KY. – Senior attacker Ben Erwin notched a hat trick to lead the Pioneers in scoring on Tuesday night at Pat Deacon Stadium in Transylvania's 12-7 loss to Oberlin College.

Erwin also picked up two ground balls, bringing his season totals to six ground balls and seven goals.

Junior midfielder Zack Riggs followed closely, scoring two goals and two ground balls as well, giving the junior a dozen in both categories for the season thus far.

Freshman midfielder Tanner Wright and junior attacker Zach Roby each scored a single goal in the early week contest with the Yeomen that saw a total of 67 shots and 19 goals between the two teams.  

Transylvania scored in the first five minutes to build a two-goal lead halfway through the first quarter. With just a little over two minutes left, Oberlin earned their way on the scoreboard to end the initial 15 minutes at 2-1.

Just 35 seconds into the second quarter, the Yeomen tied the game at two via a man-up goal due to a slashing penalty that carried over from the end of the previous quarter.

Oberlin rang up another score about a minute later to claim a 3-2 advantage. The Pioneers and Yeomen then traded goals for the rest of the second quarter to reach a 4-4 gridlock at halftime.

Transylvania regained the lead at the 10:27 mark of the third quarter before Oberlin netted five unanswered goals, a phase that stretched into the fourth quarter and gave the Yeomen a comfortable four-point separation at 9-5 with less than nine minutes to play.

The Pioneers struck two more times before time expired but Oberlin tacked on three more to secure the win with a 12-7 final.

Junior goalie Cooper Fogle faced 31 Yeomen shots with 19 on goal, making seven saves. Fogle has now accumulated 70 saves in the last seven matches and currently ranks fourth in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in saves for 2016.

The Pioneers move to 2-5 overall and presently sit in third place of the ORLC with a 1-0 conference record. Transylvania will see their second conference matchup this Friday when they host the 1-7 Presidents of Washington and Jefferson.

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