Latrobe, Pa – Sophomore attacker Julie Ward and senior midfielder Rachel Harrison scored a combined nine goals to lead Transylvania University women's lacrosse team to a crucial 14-12 come-from-behind Ohio River Lacrosse Conference victory over St. Vincent College on Saturday afternoon.
Ward, the ORLC's leading scorer, put in five goals on the day. Ward's scoring explosion followed up a four-point performance last Wednesday night at Mt. St. Joseph, giving the sophomore a 4.4 goals-per-game average over the last five games.
Harrison came up with four big second-half goals in addition to an assist and three ground balls on the day.
Jessica Bier added three goals of her own in the game as well as six ground balls and one forced turnover.
The Pioneers fell behind early in the contest, finding themselves in a 5-0 hole fifteen minutes into the first half.
Freshman Emma Oliver broke Transylvania's scoring drought with a goal at the 14:54 mark, but the Bearcats would quickly respond with three goals of their own over the next eight minutes of action for a towering 8-1 lead.
Ward would go on a scoring frenzy over the last 6 minutes of the first half, scoring four of her five goals on the day, and taking the deficit down to 9-5 at the half.
The Pioneers defense employed a massive lockdown in the second half, only allowing the Bearcats to score three more times in the match.
With a 10-6 score favoring St. Vincent at the 27:06 mark, it was time for Harrison to take over the game. She would add four goals over the course of the next 16 minutes, including the go-ahead goal at the 11:25 mark.
Alexis Rubin would round out the Transylvania scoring with a free-position goal with 6:15 remaining in the contest, taking the final score to 14-12 in favor of Transylvania.
The Pioneers were able to attack and create opportunities with great success, particularly in the second half as the Pioneers earned 11 free position shots compared to just one on the day for St. Vincent. Transylvania converted on six of 11 free position shots to complete the comeback and power their way to their ninth straight win.
The inspiring road win elevates the Pioneers to first place in the ORLC, one game ahead of Franklin College with five regular season games remaining.
Transylvania will look to push their winning streak to 10 as they face the Thomas More Saints in another ORLC meeting this coming Wednesday. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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