Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team will open up their postseason drive at home this Wednesday, May 2 as the Pioneers face the Hanover College Panthers in the Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference Semifinals.
After clinching a second-place finish in the 2018 ORLC regular season, the No. 2 seed Pioneers (10-6, 9-1 ORLC) will play host to the No. 3 seed Panthers (7-9, 7-3 ORLC) this Wednesday at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington at 7:00 p.m.
The winner of the Wednesday night semifinal game will advance to the ORLC Championship game, which will be held on Saturday, May 5 at a time to be determined. Wednesday's semifinal winner will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Saint Vincent College and No. 4 seed Grove City College in Saturday's championship game.
The winner of the ORLC Tournament will be awarded the automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament, which will begin the following week. Now in its fourth year of existence, the ORLC awarded the NCAA Tournament automatic bid for the first time last season which was clinched by Transylvania.
The Pioneers enter the tournament as the three-time defending ORLC Conference Tournament champions and aim to advance into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and the second time in program history.
After completing a 9-1 run through conference play, Transylvania enters the conference tournament on a five-game win streak, having won seven of their last eight contests. The Pioneers' lone loss of the conference season came to tournament No. 1 seed Saint Vincent back on March 25 as the Bearcats won a pivotal 11-10 contest in Lexington.
Wednesday's semifinal matchup pits the second matchup of the year between Transylvania and Hanover. The Pioneers and Panthers last clashed on April 11 in Hanover, Indiana with Transylvania seizing a 9-7 victory behind a hat-trick, two-goal performance from sophomore attacker Trenton Sneed.
The Pioneers are led into battle against Hanover by Sneed, who leads the conference in assists with 35 on the year and ranks fourth in points with 60, and senior attacker Brad Clements, who leads the Pioneers with 27 goals on the year, ranking 15th in the ORLC in that category. Sophomore long-stick midfielder T.J. Toivonen has put together a strong sophomore campaign, ranking 10th in the nation in caused turnovers with 2.87 per game and ranks sixth in the ORLC in ground balls with 87.
Tickets for Wednesday's tournament semifinal game are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free to children ages 11 and under. Free admission will be granted to students, faculty, and staff of both Transylvania and Hanover who provide a university ID card.
ADDITIONAL VISITORS INFORMATION
-Limited parking will be available at the 4th Street Athletic Complex. Overflow parking will be at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Be on the lookout for signage for Transy Athletics parking.
-Admission: $8 Adults, $5 students and seniors, FREE for Children Ages 11 and under, Free admission for ORLC institution members with ID (Cash only, No re-admittance)
-Concessions are available adjacent to the 4th Street main building to the right of the Pat Deacon Stadium stands