Hanover, Ind. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team got its 2017 conference season off to a marvelous start with an 18-9 victory against the Hanover College Panthers Thursday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Pioneers improved to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference play, while the Panthers dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Pioneers were keyed by sophomore midfielder Emma Oliver, who had a six-goal afternoon in the victory, her second game this season of six goals or more. Junior attack Julia Ward had a hat trick on the afternoon, her fourth of the season, along with one assist.
The Panthers began the game with leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on Transylvania before the Pioneers reeled off a string of five straight goals beginning with just over 25 minutes left in the first half.
Oliver registered the first goal of the game for the Pioneers, and Ward provided the second tying goal of the game to square Hanover at 2-2 with 25:20 remaining. The Pioneers then received goals from Rubin, two more from Oliver, and one from McCulley to cap off the 5-0 run.
Hanover inched closer with two consecutive goals before Rubin tacked on another goal to hand the Pioneers a 7-4 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, Transylvania's offense heated up, outscoring Hanover 11-5 over the final half hour. After an opening goal from freshman midfielder Katie Smith, Hanover got another set of back-to-back goals to cut Transylvania's lead to two at 8-6. But the Pioneers scored six of the next seven goals in the contest, capped off by a free position goal from Oliver, her fifth goal of the game, with 12:37 left in the game. Following the barrage, Transylvania held a 14-7 advantage against Hanover.
Sophomore goalie Mackenzie Dent picked up the win with a 10-save performance.
In the midst of their longest win streak of the season at five games, the Pioneers return home for their next two straight games beginning Wednesday, March 29 as they host Mt. St. Joseph in Lexington. The opening draw is set for 4:00 p.m.
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