Lexington, Ky. – Freshman attacker Shelby Wuest erupted for 11 points and the Transylvania women's lacrosse team opened the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Tournament with a 26-2 victory over the Hanover College Panthers at Pat Deacon Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The victory vaults Transylvania into the ORLC Championship game for the first time in program history. The Pioneers improved to 17-1 on the season, moving within one game of their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth via the ORLC's automatic bid, while the Panthers' season ends with a record of 11-7.
Wuest led the Pioneers offensively, scoring nine goals, two assists, and collecting three ground balls in the victory, while sophomore midfielder Brianna McCulley chipped in with a four-goal, three-assist performance.
Transylvania wasted little time in taking control of the game, scoring 10 straight goals in the first nine minutes of play.
Hanover responded with two goals of their own later in the first half. From there, Transy added on three more goals in the final three minutes of the half, pushing the halftime score to 15-2.
Transylvania's dominance continued throughout the second half as the Pioneers outscored Hanover 11-0 to advance to the championship match.
Sophomore defender Harper Zeitz was dominant on defense for the Pioneers, scooping three ground balls and tallying 12 draw controls while leading her defensive unit in holding Hanover to just two goals on the day. Transylvania recorded 25 draw controls to just two for Hanover.
Junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent was credited with the victory for the Pioneers, allowing just two goals while recording a save in 60 minutes of action.
The Pioneers will return to the field tomorrow as they take on the Washington & Jefferson University Presidents in the championship game of the ORLC tournament. In their lone regular season meeting, Transylvania claimed a thrilling 10-7 victory over Washington & Jefferson.
First draw between the Presidents and the Pioneers is set for 1:00 p.m. at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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