Hanover, Ind. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team defeated the Hanover College Panthers 21-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Courtney Pontious matched her career-high with six goals on Thursday as the Pioneers built an early 5-1 lead and pushed the pedal from there as Transylvania defeated Hanover by its largest margin ever in five regular-season meetings.
The Pioneers moved to 9-4 on the season overall and 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play. Hanover fell to 4-8 on their overall tally and 1-2 in the HCLC.
The Pioneers are now 6-0 against Hanover all-time; Transylvania has defeated Hanover each year in their annual sole meeting dating back to the 2015 season. The Pioneers were 2-0 against the Panthers last season with another win coming in the ORLC Tournament Semifinals.
Hanover led briefly after scoring the first goal of the game before Johnston got the Pioneers on the board to begin the string of five straight scores. The Pioneers reached a 5-1 lead on Hanover by the 16:14 mark of the first half following the second goal of the day by Pontious.
Hanover found a seam inside to respond with its second goal of the game before the Pioneers turned around with a 9-0 scoring run to end the half. Pontious, McCulley, and Johnston each grabbed a hat-trick before halftime while McCulley finished off a productive half of six points in total.
Transylvania outscored Hanover 7-2 in an efficient second half for the Pioneers, who dominated possession and dictated the final half hour of play.
Olivia Livingston was the other Pioneer to score a hat-trick as the Pioneers matched their third-highest scoring output of the season. Salem Carlow delivered a match-high five assists and also scored one goal. Avery East corralled a career-high six ground balls in the victory while Harper Zeitz celebrated her HCLC Defensive Player of the Week award with a match-high eight draw controls.
MacKenzie Dent made four saves in goal as her record improved to 7-4. The Pioneers outshot Hanover 47-10 and were a perfect 11-for-11 on clears.
The Pioneers return to play this Saturday, April 13 at home to host HCLC opponent Franklin College at 1:00 p.m. The teams will square off for the first time this season at Pat Deacon Stadium as the Pioneers wind down their regular-season schedule with a stretch of three home contests over their final four games.
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