Transylvania women's lacrosse team clinches first ORLC regular season title in program history

Julie Ward player of the game

Cincinnati, Ohio. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team rolled past the Mount St. Joseph Lions by the score of 17-5 to clinch the program's first Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference regular season championship at Schueler Field on Tuesday night.

The win moved the Pioneers' ORLC record to 10-0 with one game remaining in their regular season and conference schedule, 1.5 games ahead of second-place Washington & Jefferson to clinch the season title.  

In addition to clinching the conference crown, the victory also extends the Pioneers' current win streak to 13 straight games, tying the longest streak in program history.

The Pioneers were led on offense by the duo of senior attack Julia Ward and freshman attack Shelby Wuest. Ward scored six goals, tallied an assist and recorded four draw controls while Wuest scored four goals to go along with an assist and three draw controls.

Freshman midfielder Salem Carlow turned in a strong performance consisting of three goals, two assists, and two caused turnovers.

Ward scored less than a minute into the game and the Transylvania offense was explosive throughout the first half, pushing the Pioneers lead to 13-1 at the halftime break.

The Lions showed life early in the second half, holding the Pioneers scoreless for over 13 minutes while converting two scores of their own.

However, the Pioneers responded by outscoring the Lions 4-2 over the final 17 minutes of the game to claim the 17-5 decision.

Picking up the victory in net was Transylvania goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent, who tallied seven saves and gave up five goals in 60 minutes of action.

Transylvania gains its first regular-season title in the four-year existence of the conference, ensuring the Pioneers the hosting rights to next weekend's four-team ORLC conference tournament. The tournament begins with the ORLC semifinals next Friday, April 4 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Pioneers will host the No. 4 seed at Pat Deacon Stadium for the right to play in the conference championship game which takes place the following day.

The Pioneers moved to 15-1 overall while the Lions' record falls to 6-9 overall and 5-5 in conference.

Transylvania will wrap up the regular season with an ORLC matchup against the Chatham University Cougars on Saturday, April 28. First draw between the Cougars and the Pioneers is set for 6:00 p.m. at Pat Deacon Stadium. The Pioneers will honor their three members in the Class of 2018 in Ward, senior Kate Winkelmeyer, and senior Katherine Stachowski in a Senior Night ceremony prior to the game.

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