WASHINGTON, Pa.—A 10-9 loss in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play on Saturday did not hurt the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team's chances of making the conference tournament, as they clinched a berth to the postseason, finishing the regular season in fourth place with a 6-3 ORLC record.
The Pioneers took a 7-5 lead into the locker room but were stymied in the second half as they fell to the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents by a score of 10-9.
Transy opened the game with a goal from midfielder Rachel Harrison at the 27:38 mark to put the Pioneers on top 1-0. The Presidents responded four minutes later to even the score by two goals in three minutes by attack Lucy Meredith gave the Pioneers a 3-1 advantage. Midfielder Jessica Chandler and attacker Julia Ward each tacked on goals at the 15:08 and 12:58 mark to give Transylvania a four goal advantage.
Washington and Jefferson responded with two unanswered goals of their own to make the score 5-3. Harrison halted the run with another goal with 3:50 to play in the half, as the Pioneers and the Presidents traded goals over the final four minutes of the opening period.
In the second half, the W&J defense hunkered down and limited the Pioneers to just two goals over the final 30 minutes. The Presidents rallied to open the period, going on a 3-0 run in the first four minutes to take an 8-7 lead. Bier scored her second goal of the game with 15:50 left in the half to even the score at eight goals each but the Presidents tacked on two more to go up 10-8 with eight minutes to play in the game.
Ward scored again at the 7:23 mark to draw Transylvania within one, but a series of saves by the W&J goalkeeper kept the Pioneers out of the net and away from the tying goal.
Ward, Bier, Harrison and Meredith each scored two goals for the Pioneers, as they scored nine goals on 14 shots, including 13 on target. Transy scooped up 17 groundballs, led by five from Bier and won eight draw controls.
Despite the loss, Transylvania (7-8, 6-3 ORLC) makes the conference tournament as the four-seed after claiming the tiebreaker over Mount Saint Joseph by way of a head-to-head win on April 4th. The Pioneers will play regular-season champion St. Vincent College in semifinal action on Friday with the game time to be determined later.
For more information on the ORLC standings and championship, visit www.ohioriverlax.org