Pioneers soar in Hilton Head with two more victories against Massachusetts opposition

Pioneers soar in Hilton Head with two more victories against Massachusetts opposition

Hilton Head, SC. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team capped off a tremendous week in Hilton Head with major wins against Nichols College and Framingham State.

After dropping their first two matches of the year, the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team has responded with four straight wins after their Tuesday 8-6 victory against Framingham State. The Pioneers captured the victory on a short turnaround, playing the morning after a Monday afternoon 15-7 win against Nichols College.

The Pioneers are now officially 4-1 in their second month of the 2016 season thus far. During the current four-game win streak, the Pioneers have vastly outscored their opponents, 58 to 18.

Sophomore attacker Julia Ward and senior midfielder Rachel Harrison combined for eight goals to carry the Pioneers past the Nichols College Bison, 15-7 on Monday afternoon in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Six Pioneers participated in the 15-goal rampage including Ward (5 goals), Harrison (3), senior midfielder Jessica Bier (2), freshman defender Emma Oliver (2), senior attacker Lucy Meredith (2), and freshman attacker Lindsey Jenkins (1). 

Transylvania outscored the Bison 13 to 4 in the first 30 minutes of play and finished the first half with eight unanswered goals to create permanent separation between them and the Bison, solidifying the Pioneers' first win of the Spring Break week.

The Bison secured 14 more ground balls and outshot Transy 9-7 in the second half but could not overcome the nine-point gap that was suffered before the break.   

The Pioneers returned to play in Hilton Head on Tuesday to collect their fourth win of 2016 against Framingham State. Meredith scored a personal season-high four goals to help Transylvania achieve an 8-6 victory over the Rams.

Ward added another pair of goals and an assist vs. Framingham St. to give her 19 goals, 12 assists, and 31 points in her first six games as a sophomore. The Dayton, Ohio native currently leads the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in all three categories for the season.

Senior goalie Lydia Shaugnessy allowed six goals and made five saves on 11 Framingham St. Ram shots. In combination with her 10 saves vs. the Bisons on Monday, Shaughnessy now has a save percentage of 53.6 percent and a goals-against average of 6.50 per game to lead the ORLC in both categories

The Pioneers scored the first four goals of the match with Framingham St. and added one more before halftime to take a 5-3 lead into the locker room.

When play resumed, the Pioneers tacked on two more scores before the Rams put three consecutive goals on the board to cut the lead to one at 7-6 with over 15 minutes left to play.

After scoring one more goal, Transylvania rode out the remaining time with an 8-6 advantage by picking up 12 ground balls and winning five draw controls to hold off Framingham St.

Transylvania moves to an overall record of 4-2 with just two games left before conference play opens at home on March 25 against Hanover.

The Pioneer women's lacrosse squad will face the Fighting Muskies of Muskingum in New Concord, Ohio this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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