Women's lacrosse earns its first win of the season in home opener

Women's lacrosse earns its first win of the season in home opener

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season on Tuesday over Muskingum University by a score of 18-8. It was the Pioneers' home opening game of the 2015 season.

Transy got off to a quick start when senior attacker Iyabo Erinkitola found the back of the net just three minutes into the game to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. After Muskingum tied the score just 19 seconds later, Erinkitola scored again to give Transylvania a 2-1 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

The Pioneers saw their lead expand to as much as four goals in the opening frame after freshman attacker Julia Ward scored at the 9:31 mark on an assist from junior midfielder Jessica Bier to push the score to 7-3. Transy would allow one more goal in the half but freshman Kaitlin Cochran scored on a free position shot with two minutes left in the opening period and at the end of the first half, Transylvania was on top 8-4.

Muskingum went on a quick 2-0 run to open the second period of play, scoring two goals in the first three minutes to make the score 8-6 but after Erinkitola scored with 26:43 to play, the Pioneers went on an extended 11-1 run that spanned nearly 10 minutes of play. Cochran score the final Transy goal with just under eight minutes left in the game, with the match well in hand at 18-8.

Three Transylvania players, Ward, Cochran and junior midfielder Rachel Harrison each recorded four goals while Bier and Erinkitola added three apiece. Harrison also added four assists to lead the way for the Pioneers. Junior goalkeeper Lydia Shaughnessy recorded 15 saves on 23 shots on goal, picking up her first win in the cage for Transy.

Transylvania returns to action on Friday when they travel to Sewanee to play. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.