By Connor Link
The Transylvania women's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to six games with a 15-9 victory over the Lady Hawks of Huntingdon College on Tuesday afternoon.
After dropping two straight games to open the season, the Pioneers' record now stands at 6-2 heading into conference play.
Senior midfielder Jessica Bier led all scorers with seven goals as Transy completed its third match of the season with at least 15 points on the board. Bier also led the way with two assists, complemented by nine shots on goal and eight ground balls.
Transylvania's offense found the back of the net less than two minutes after the match's opening whistle. Bier scored the first two goals of the game before freshman defender Emma Oliver connected on back-to-back goals of her own. Bier scored once more to put Transy up 5-0, only to be answered back by Huntingdon's Ariana Kelty for the Lady Hawks' first point of the afternoon with 17:50 to go in the half.
Huntingdon's offense would fall stagnant for the next 10 minutes, before scoring again with a little over seven minutes remaining before halftime. The Pioneers poured in five more goals in the meantime, with Bier and Oliver capitalizing on one more goal apiece to bring the tally to 12-2 heading into intermission.
However, the match would prove to be a tale of two halves for the Lady Hawks. The visiting school from Montgomery, Ala. ignited the second half with four straight goals before Transylvania would answer back with 20:31 left on the clock. Huntingdon would go on to connect on three more scores, but the deficit was too steep to overcome. Transylvania's three second-half goals were enough to bury the Lady Hawks, 15-9.
Oliver finished with three goals and a game-high 12 ground balls. The Pioneers also received contributions from sophomore Julia Ward, who recorded four goals, nine ground balls, and five draw controls.
Transylvania will begin Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play on Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. when Hanover College (3-5, 1-1 ORLC) comes to Lexington. Huntingdon falls to 5-7 (0-4 USA South) on the season.
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