Lexington, Ky. – After fighting back from an early three-goal deficit, the Transylvania men's lacrosse saw a three-goal lead go by the wayside to the St. Vincent College Bearcats in an 11-10 setback at Pat Deacon Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Defensively, sophomore defender T.J. Toivonen turned in another stellar performance that consisted of 10 ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to his two goals scored in the loss.
The Bearcats and Pioneers played a highly physical and competitive first quarter that ended with St. Vincent holding a slim 3-2 advantage.
As the Pioneers struggled to score in the second quarter, two late goals by the Bearcats gave St. Vincent its largest lead of the game at 5-2.
Transylvania responded with a late goal from Cherry, cutting the lead to 5-3 at the halftime break.
The Pioneers asserted themselves in the third quarter as they soared back to outscore the Bearcats 3-1 in the period, including a man-down goal from Toivonen at the 2:37 mark.
Junior attack Nick Bailey put the Pioneers in front, 7-6 just seconds into the fourth quarter on an assist from Sneed.
Transylvania followed up the Bailey delivery with goals from Chery and Sneed to take a 9-6 lead over St. Vincent with 12:27 remaining in the game.
But the Bearcats ended the game on a focused run, outscoring Transylvania 5-1 over the final 12 minutes of the game for the 11-10 victory.
With the loss, Transylvania's record falls to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference play, while St. Vincent moves to 6-3 and 3-0 in their ORLC ledger.
Up next, the Pioneers the Pioneers will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Wednesday night, March 28. Face-off between the Lions and the Pioneers is set for 8:00 p.m. at Schueler Field.
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