LEXINGTON, Ky.—A late second half goal by the Thiel College Tomcats proved to be the deciding score as the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team dropped its Ohio River Lacrosse Conference home opener by a score of 9-8.
Thiel opened the game hot, going on a 4-0 run in the first six minutes and 18 seconds of play in the first half but Transylvania went on a run of their own with three unanswered goals from midfielder Rachel Harrison. Harrison scored three unassisted goals in a seven minute period to draw the Pioneers within one at 4-3.
After a goal by Thiel at the 8:38 mark, Harrison added another unassisted goal with six minutes to play in the half to bring the score to 5-4 but a goal from Thiel with under four to play in the period sent the Pioneers into the locker room trailing 6-4.
In the second half, the Pioneers opened with a goal at the 23:09 mark to again draw within one as midfielder Jessica Bier found the back of the net for her first goal of the contest. Two goals from Thiel in the next five minutes of play pushed the deficit to 8-5.
Transy responded however, going on a 3-0 run in a four minute period with goals by attacker Lucy Meredith, Harrison and attacker Julia Ward. Wards goal with 12:12 to play in the game knotted the score at eight apiece.
The Tomcats picked up a goal at the 7:36 mark to take the lead for good. The Pioneers attacked the net but several timely saves by the Thiel goalkeeper thwarted the Transylvania efforts and the Pioneers found themselves on the losing end of a tightly contested matchup.
Harrison's five goals led the way for the Pioneers in the match while goalie Lydia Shaugnessey picked up seven saves in the loss.
Transylvania (2-4, 1-1 ORLC) returns to action on Sunday with a home matchup against conference opponent St. Vincent. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.