Pioneers roll to first win of the year with 14-2 victory over Wilmington

Pioneers roll to first win of the year with 14-2 victory over Wilmington

Lexington, KY. – The Transylvania University women's lacrosse team captured their first win of the season Monday night at Pat Deacon Stadium with a dominant 14-2 victory over the Wilmington University Wildcats.

Senior midfielder Rachel Harrison and freshman defender Emma Oliver, the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Pioneer barrage of scoring with four and three goals, respectively.

Harrison earned five points on the night with the addition of one assist to her hat-trick "plus one."  The senior also picked up 10 ground balls along with eight caused turnovers to help the Pioneers place a check in the win column for this early 2016 season.

Coming off of a celebratory week that was recognized by the ORLC, Oliver represented the Player of the Week title admirably with nine ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers to compliment her hat-trick that now gives the defender five goals on the season.

Sophomore attacker Julia Ward and freshman midfielder Anna McDonald found the back of the net multiple times as well with two goals apiece to add to the plethora of Pioneer points that decorated the scoreboard by the end of the night.

Ward recorded a single assist, six ground balls, and two draw controls to go along with her eighth and ninth goals of her sophomore campaign thus far. Ward currently leads Transylvania in scoring and is tied for first in the ORLC with Maggie Nelson of Saint Vincent.

McDonald shot 50 percent while firing four times, three of those on frame and two in the bag. With three goals on the season now, the freshman holds an impressive 80.0 shots on goal percentage and a 60.0 shooting percentage overall.

Transylvania struck early and held a two goal lead just over seven minutes into the match. Wilmington struck back though less than two minutes later to bring the score within one point at 2-1. The Pioneers then let the sticks fly and scored 12 unanswered goals.

Wilmington's only other goal was scored within the final minute of play that brought the final score to a 14-2 conclusion.  

Five of Transy's goals were converted from free positon shots, six were unassisted, and three were assisted.

Next up for the Pioneers is a Saturday morning matchup with Trine. The draw is set for 11:00 a.m.

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