Ward's four goals lift women's lacrosse over Mount St. Joseph, 9-7

Ward's four goals lift women's lacrosse over Mount St. Joseph, 9-7

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A five-goal second half propelled the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team to a 9-7 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference win over the visiting Mount St. Joseph Lions. Attacker Julia Ward had the big performance for the Pioneers, netting four goals and one assist to lead Transylvania.

Transy opened up the game with a goal 33 seconds into play when midfielder Rachel Harrison beat the Lions' goalkeeper to make the score 1-0. After a Mount St. Joseph goal tied the game at the 16:48 mark, attacker Iyabo Erinkitola put the Pioneers back on top with just under 16 minutes to play in the opening period. Ward scored four minutes later to put Transylvania up 3-1. Mount closed the half with a flurry however, outscoring the Pioneers 4-1 over the closing 10 minutes and Transy entered the locker room trailing 5-4.

In the second half, the Transylvania defense hunkered down, allowing just two goals and none in the final 18 minutes of play. Harrison scored her second goal of the game at the 29:29 mark to even the score at 5-5 before the Pioneers took the lead a minute later when Ward scored an unassisted goal.

Mount tied the game at six 30 seconds later but Ward put Transylvania back into the lead with an unassisted goal, spinning around a defender and beating the goalie for her third goal of the same. Mount again knotted the score with 18 minutes to play in a man-up situation and the score sat at 7-7.

Attacker Lucy Meredith put Transylvania ahead for good at the 15:24 mark when she took a pass from Ward and scored her first goal of the game, giving Transy an 8-7 lead. Ward scored again with four minutes left to push the Pioneer lead to 9-7. The Pioneers held the Lions scoreless to close out the game and pick up the crucial conference win.

"Today was a really good team win for our girls," said head coach Lauren Bickford. "We played hard and smart and came up with big plays when we needed them. The team showed a lot of resilience and perseverance to come back from a halftime deficit and I am proud of the way they competed."

Ward's four goals were a team-high for the day and tied her season-high. Harrison added two goals, as did Erinkitola. Ward and Meredith each added one assist for the Pioneers. Goalkeeper Lydia Shaughnessy had a strong game in the cage, picking up 14 saves.

Transylvania (3-7, 2-2 ORLC) takes the field again on Wednesday when they travel to Thomas More in ORLC action. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.