Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team delivered its first shutout of the 2019 season on Wednesday evening in a 26-0 mastery of the Earlham College Quakers in a Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference match at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The Pioneers struck the back of the net 10 times in the first quarter to put away the Quakers at home early on Wednesday night as they moved to 10-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play. Earlham fell to 2-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
Sheymus Maloney scored a career-high four goals in the win, doing all of his damage in the first and second quarters. The freshman scored the eighth goal of the night with 5:34 left in the first quarter and tacked on three of Transy's five second-quarter goals to wrap up his offensive production by the half.
Trenton Sneed found Maloney for the final score of the half with 5:44 remaining in the second quarter to put the Pioneers ahead 15-0.
It was also a notable night for junior Kris Stone, who set a new Transylvania single-game record with a career-high 17 ground balls, eclipsing a previously held record by both Paul Stickel and Sam Ives, who each claimed 14 in previous contests.
Transylvania hounded Earlham into 26 failed clears for a clearance rate of 28 percent on Wednesday and forced 37 turnovers by the Quakers.
The Pioneers were dominant in the battle of possession, winning 28 out of 30 face-offs and gaining 62 ground balls to just 17 for the Quakers.
T.J. Toivonen led the Pioneers with three caused turnovers while Transylvania collected 16 overall.
Michael Webb collected the win in goal for the Pioneers as his record improved to 9-3 while Luke Garas minded the net for the final half hour. Each player recorded one save apiece in contributing to the defensive effort.
The Pioneers return to the field on Saturday, April 13 as they celebrate Senior Day 2019 versus HCLC opponent Anderson University. A senior day ceremony will precede the 4:00 p.m. opening face-off at Pat Deacon Stadium as the Pioneers pay homage to eight senior members of their program.
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