Washington, Pa – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team used a trio of strong offensive performances to secure a 14-7 win over the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents on Saturday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.
Offensively the Pioneers were led by senior attacker Clark Watts, who scored four goals and picked up three ground balls in what was the latest in a string of strong performances by the veteran.
The Pioneers record now stands at 8-3 on the year, and 4-0 in the Ohio River Lacrosse League, good for a share of first place in the conference standings with three games remaining in conference play. The win grew Transylvania's winning streak to seven games.
The game got off to a slow start for Transylvania as the Pioneers fell behind 1-0, just under three minutes into the game. The Pioneers came back to take the lead with 7:47 remaining in the first quarter on goals by Cherry and Watts.
After trading goals over the next few minutes, a score from junior midfielder Josh Mesmer gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead going into the second quarter.
In a fast-paced and high-scoring second quarter, four Pioneers combined to score five Transylvania goals, pushing the lead to 9-6 at the half.
The Pioneers defense turned in a masterful performance in the third quarter, at it held Washington & Jefferson to zero goals on seven shots. The stringent defense combined with a pair of Transylvania goals pushed the score to 11-6 in favor of the Pioneers heading into the final fifteen minutes of action.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Pioneers as Watts, Cherry, and Roby each scored a goal, while the Transylvania defense held Washington & Jefferson to only one goal.
When it came to clearing the ball, the Pioneers were nearly perfect as they converted on 18 of 19 attempts. Transylvania also scooped up 41 ground balls throughout the match in comparison to the 23 picked up by the Presidents.
Transylvania senior goalkeeper Cooper Fogle recorded nine saves and collected two ground balls in 60 minutes of action for the Pioneers while only allowing seven goals in the victory.
Up next, the Pioneers will continue their current stretch away from Lexington as they travel to Bethany, West Virginia to take on the Bethany College Bison in an ORLC showdown on Saturday, April 22. The game is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.
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