Cincinnati, OH. – Senior midfielder Rachel Harrison scored five goals and Sophomore attacker Julie Ward scored the sudden-death overtime game-winner to help the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team top Mount St. Joseph, 8-7 in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference thriller on Wednesday afternoon.
Harrison produced one assist, two ground balls, three draw controls, and five caused turnovers to go along with a near double-hat trick in scoring. Harrison's big night followed up a five-goal performance last Friday vs. Hanover, giving the senior double digits in scoring throughout her last two matches.
Ward posted two goals of her own, including the game-winner in overtime on Wednesday against the Lions of Mount St. Joseph to give the Pioneers their second conference win and eighth consecutive victory of the season.
Ward added once assist, one ground ball, one draw control, and one caused turnover to compliment her pair of goals in the midweek barnburner.
Ward continues to lead the ORLC in goals, points, and shots with 36 scores, 50 points, and 73 strikes.
Freshman attacker Lindsey Jenkins also pitched in with a critical goal against Mount St. Joseph to ensure the edge for Transylvania. Jenkins managed one draw control as well in a battle when every possession mattered.
Senior goalkeeper Lydia Shaughnessy stood tall making six saves on 13 shots from the Lions. Shaughnessy leads the ORLC in goals-against average with 7.53 per game as the Pioneer goalie has stopped 61 shots thus far in the 2016 season.
Transylvania and Mount St. Joseph literally traded scores throughout the majority of their 60-minute matchup.
The Pioneers struck first on an early goal from Jenkins but the Lions scored just minutes later.
Harrison netted her first two goals of the afternoon shortly after but each one was followed with a Mount St. Joseph goal to keep the score knotted at 3-3 by halftime.
Harrison scored three more goals during the second half and was joined in the scoring by Ward, who scored her first goal of the game with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
However, the pattern of the first half continued as each Pioneer goal was matched by a goal from the Lions to reach a 7-7 draw at the end of regulation.
The only time the pattern of see-sawing scores was disrupted was when Mount St. Joseph scored twice between the 18:15 and the 15:51 minute marks of the second half.
Nevertheless, Transylvania immediately responded with their only two unanswered goals of the day between the 11:06 and 10:04 minute marks of the final half.
With a deadlocked score as regulation ended, the two clubs headed to overtime to determine a winner.
The clock ticked down to 2:23 in the extended period before Ward drove to the goal to score the unassisted game winner.
After losing their first two games of the season, the Pioneers are now on an eight-game win streak, beating both conference and non-conference opponents during that streak. The Pioneers are now 3-0 in ORLC play.
Transylvania will look for their ninth win this spring on Saturday in another ORLC meeting with the 3-6 Saint Vincent Bearcats. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.
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