Transylvania women's lacrosse completes undefeated run through ORLC

Kate Winkelemeyer

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team completed an undefeated run through Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference play for the first time in program history on Saturday evening, defeating the Chatham University Cougars 21-2 in the 2018 regular-season finale at Pat Deacon Stadium.

Honoring their three seniors Julia Ward, Kate Winkelmeyer, and Katherine Stachowski prior to the game, the rest of the conference finale became a parade of sorts as the Pioneers scored eight goals in the first seven and a half minutes of game to put the contest out of reach.

The victory lifted the Pioneers to an 11-0 record in the ORLC as the Pioneers added the achievement of their first undefeated conference season to their first-ever regular-season conference championship, obtained this past Wednesday by winning their 10th conference game of the season at Mount St. Joseph.

The Pioneers completed their regular season in total at 16-1, setting a new record for regular-season wins while establishing a new record with their 14th-consecutive victory.

Saturday's win was another display of offensive mastery as the Pioneers registered 20 or more goals in a game for the 11th time this season. Outscoring the Cougars 17-0 in the first half, the Pioneers quickly put their season-ending celebration on ice.

Freshman attacker Shelby Wuest scored all six of her goals in the first half, including three straight goals within a span of two minutes. The freshman added a game-high four assists in victory. Ward enjoyed her Senior Day with a hat-trick, six ground balls, and four draw controls.

Freshman defender Salem Carlow was the other Pioneer to put up a hat-trick on Saturday night, doing so in just three shots on goal; Carlow added an assist and three ground balls in the triumph.

Junior midfielder Emma Oliver registered a game-high nine ground balls to go with two goals, one assist, and six draw controls. The Pioneers outgained the Cougars in ground balls, 45 to 23 and won the turnover margin by plus-16.

With the regular season complete, the Pioneers will now host for the first time the ORLC Conference Tournament. As the one seed, Transylvania will take on tournament No. 4 seed Hanover College at Pat Deacon Stadium next Friday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. The winner of the semifinal game will advance to the ORLC Championship Game on Saturday, May 5 at a time to be announced at Pat Deacon Stadium.

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