Seven second half goals help Pioneers to 11-8 win over Waynesburg

Seven second half goals help Pioneers to 11-8 win over Waynesburg

WAYNESBURG, Pa.—Julie Ward netted four second half goals, as the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team overcame a three point halftime deficit to pick up an 11-8 win over Waynesburg Saturday at Wiley Stadium.

Trailing 7-4 at the start of the second half, Ward and the Pioneers controlled the second half on their way to the win. Ward's goal at the 24:10 mark in the second half pulled the Pioneers within two, 7-5, as the Pioneers looked to close in on the lead.

Waynesburg, however, responded with a goal to regain the lead at 8-5 briefly halting the comeback attempt, before the Pioneer rally. The Transy defense would hold the Jackets scoreless for the remainder of the contest to pick up the win.

Rachel Harrison scooped a groundball off a Waynesburg turnover, before scoring back-to-back goals for the Pioneers pulling Transy to within one, 8-7.

A Waynesburg penalty gave the Pioneers a free-position shot with 13:30 remaining. Lucy Meredith sent a shot just wide of the goal allowing Harrison to scoop the groundball and keep possession with the Pioneers. Jessica Bier and the Transy offense capitalized as the Pioneers tied the game at eight apiece with 11:21 to play.

Ward and the Pioneers converted Waynesburg turnovers into points netting three unanswered goals over the next seven minutes to pick up their sixth conference win of the season.

After Waynesburg took a 1-0 lead, the Pioneers answered with a goal from Iyabo Erinkitola with 23:55 left in the first half.

Waynesburg scored four consecutive goals making the score 5-1, as the Jackets looked to claim the win, but the Pioneers found their groove.

Erinkitola added her second score of the game on a free position shot at the 11:18 mark closing the Jackets' lead to 5-2. Waynesburg, however, extended the lead back to four just 36 seconds later on a goal from Jess Rains.

The Pioneers did not go away, as Erinkitola netted her third score of the game pulling Transy within three, 6-3. After a Jackets' score, Harrison found Bier for the goal to keep the deficit at three at the half.

The Pioneer offense recorded 36 shots in the contest to only 11 by Waynesburg. The Transy defense held the Jackets to a mere one shot in the second half, while picking up their sixth Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference win.

The Pioneers take on Washington and Jefferson tomorrow in another ORWLC contest. Sunday's game is slated for 1 p.m.