Lexington, Ky. – Behind an unprecedented offensive onslaught, the Transylvania men's lacrosse team set a slew of records on Wednesday night in a 30-1 victory over the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Wednesday night at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The Pioneers moved to a perfect 4-0 in Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play and 7-3 overall while the Lions dropped to 0-8 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
For the first time in its seven-year history, the Pioneers reached 30 goals in a game as the Lions could not keep up with the Pioneers' athletic and relentless attack. The Pioneers roared out to a 6-0 lead inside the first six minutes of the match and built a 13-0 advantage after one quarter of play. A balanced wave of scoring from multiple Pioneers continued into the second quarter as Transylvania created a 22-1 advantage by the half.
Nic Bailey became the first Pioneer to achieve a hat-trick, scoring the fifth, 11th, and 12th goals of the game for the Pioneers. Quinn Fox joined in with the second hat-trick in the game by scoring the opening goal of the night, the sixth goal of the game, and the first goal of the second quarter as the Pioneers surged ahead, 14-0.
The Pioneers shared the ball prolifically as they also set a new single-game record for team assists by assisting on 24 of their 30 Wednesday goals. Sheymus Maloney led the facilitation with five assists while Chris Schaefer offered four assists in the victory. Connor Davis set a new career-high in goals with five while Tristan Ach also logged a hat-trick in the goal-laden performance.
Additional records were re-written in Wednesday's game as the Pioneers collected a record 74 ground balls, erasing the previous record of 63. With assists and goals combined, the Pioneers also set a new single-game record for points with 54 on Wednesday. Maloney finished the night with seven points while Bailey tallied six.
Peyton Bray was the ringleader in ground balls with nine, also adding two points in the win. Transylvania asserted itself in another certain face-off battle, winning 30 of 35 face-offs on the night.
The Pioneers have now outscored their opponents 99-10 in four HCLC conference games this season.
Transylvania shifts back into its nonconference schedule this weekend as the Pioneers visit Sewanee on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
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