Lexington, KY — The patented April run has once again come into play for the Transylvania men's lacrosse team for the second straight year.
The Pioneers continued their winning ways in dominating fashion, as they defeated the Bethany Bison 20-3 at Pat Deacon Stadium Saturday afternoon. It was the team's fourth win over their previous five games, evoking memories of 2015 when the Pioneers went 7-2 in the month of April.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by Freshman attacker Ryan Staley, who accounted for four goals on the afternoon. Junior attacker Andrew Meyer, also added a hat trick to Transylvania's enormous sum of goals.
Defensively the Pioneers were led by junior midfielder Zack Riggs, who collected seven ground balls on the day and successfully won eight out of ten face-offs on the afternoon.
The game got off to a loud start for the Pioneers as they scored three goals in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the quarter. After a Bethany goal by Lamont Sweeny at the seven minute mark, the Wright Brothers teamed up as Evan setup Tanner for the final goal of the quarter to provide Transylvania with the 4-1 upper hand.
The second quarter proved to be more of the same for the Pioneers as they outscored the Bison 5-2 for a 9-2 home team advantage.
The Pioneers wasted no time in putting the game away in the second half. After scoring the first three goals of the third quarter, Transylvania led Bethany 12 to 2. The Pioneers maintained their hunger, scoring four more times to claim a 16-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was a procession towards the end as Bethany went scoreless while Transylvania focused on a possession game as they protected their sizable lead. The Pioneers would tack on four more goals throughout the period, to register the final 20-3 margin, tying their program record for largest margin of victory (The Pioneers defeated Defiance 22-5 on April 25 last year).
After the win, Transylvania moves to 4-1 in the ORL, and 6-6 overall, and now own a share of second place in the regular season standings. The Pioneers next pay a visit to Hanover College on Wednesday night, April 27. Face-off is set for 6:00 PM at the Panther Athletic Complex in Hanover, Indiana.
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