Pioneers WLAX celebrates Senior Day with complete win vs Waynesburg

Pioneers WLAX celebrates Senior Day with complete win vs Waynesburg

Lexington, Ky – An unforgettable season continued for the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon, as they cruised to a dominant 18-2 victory over ORLC rival Waynesburg College on Senior Day.

The day's festivities started off with a senior recognition ceremony before the first draw. Transylvania seniors recognized were midfielder Jessica Bier, midfielder Rachel Harrison, attack Lucy Meredith, defender Ashton Ogle, and goalkeeper Lydia Shaughnessy.
Once the pregame festivities were observed, the in-game celebrations followed. Rounding down an illustrious career for the Pioneers, Harrison came into the day on the cusp of a major milestone, needing four goals and/or assists to reach the 200-point mark for her career. With Harrison and her team all catching collective fire, her pursuit of the milestone soon became a mere formality.
Transylvania broke the game open right from the very beginning. Three different Pioneers scored goals in the first five minutes of action. Then Harrison took over the game on her Senior Day, scoring three goals over a two-minute span.

The offensive outburst elevated Transylvania's lead to 6-0 just 11 minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Harrison would dial up her fourth goal of the game, as she hit her 200-point career milestone.

Transylvania outshot Waynesburg 50 to 5, and the Pioneers were led in scoring by Harrison with a game high six goals. Freshman defender Emma Oliver also added three goals in the contest. Overall, the Pioneers seniors accounted for nine of the team's 18 goals on the day.

The Pioneers would find the back of the net five more times during the first half, including two scores by Oliver, completing her first-half hat trick. By the halftime break, Transylvania led 13-0 over Waynesburg.

The second half was a cruise to the finish line, as Transylvania scored five goals over the final 30 minutes. Waynesburg finally got into the scoring column with four and a half minutes remaining in the game, as Jess Raines scored on a setup from teammate Holly Bachman. After a late goal by Waynesburg, the final score read 18-2 in favor of the Pioneers as Transylvania collected their 13th straight victory to continue the program record.

Transylvania gave their fans at Pat Deacon Stadium much to revel in as they controlled both sides of the field. The Pioneers claimed a total of 36 ground balls on the day, three times as many as Waynesburg. The Pioneers were led in the ground ball department by Bier, who collected seven in the contest.

The dominant victory set the inevitable stage for a Sunday showdown with Washington & Jefferson, who scored a one-goal victory against Mt. St. Joseph. After Saturday's results, the Pioneers and Presidents will enter Sunday's final regular season showdown for both teams with perfect conference records of 7-0.  

Tomorrow's matchup with Washington & Jefferson will decide which team goes in to next weekend's ORLC conference tournament as the number one-seed, and thus who will have homefield advantage throughout the four-team conference tournament. Tomorrow's deciding bout is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium, which also marks the final regular season home game of the year for the Transylvania women's lacrosse team.

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