Hanover, Ind. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team witnessed the offensive firepower of sophomore attacker Trenton Sneed as it claimed a 9-7 win against the Hanover College Panthers on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The sophomore racked up a hat-trick along with two assists to lead a consistent Pioneers attack which staved off Hanover for the duration of the afternoon to improve to 6-1 in Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference play and 7-6 overall.
Hanover suffered its second conference defeat of the season to drop to 5-2 in conference play and a 5-7 overall record.
Wednesday marked the fourth straight meeting that the Pioneers had defeated Hanover, originating with a 12-6 win the ORLC Conference Tournament semifinals on May 1, 2015.
The Pioneers' offense was sharp and ball movement was precise on Wednesday as the visitors performed 18 of 20 successful clears, including a perfect 5-5 in the opening quarter. Transylvania limited the Panthers to a 16-of-26 clearance rate on Wednesday.
Sneed rang in the scoring on Wednesday with a goal four minutes into the ballgame for a 1-0 Transylvania lead. Freshman midfielder Kayd Aquino chipped in with the second score of the game at the 1:52 mark of the first quarter for a 2-0 advantage. Hanover answered back with a quarter-ending goal just before the clock expired to slice the Transy lead to 2-1.
Transylvania outscored Hanover 3-2 in the third quarter on Sneed and Cherry's second goals, along with the first goal of the day from senior midfielder Josh Mesmer.
The Pioneers scored two of the first three goals of the fourth quarter to take their largest lead of the game at 9-5 with 12:23 to go and extinguished clock the rest of the way, holding Hanover to two late scores in the contest to collect the victory.
Aquino joined Cherry with two goals in the game as the Pioneers overpowered Hanover 29-13 in shots on goal.
Freshman goalie Michael Webb picked up six saves in a full 60 minutes of work. The Pioneers won 13 of 19 face-offs with sophomore face-off midfielder Paul Stickel commanding a game-high seven ground balls.
The Pioneers return to play on Saturday, April 14 as they host the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents at Pat Deacon Stadium. Face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. in Lexington.
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