Lexington, Ky. – Sophomore attacker Trenton Sneed dished out a season-high six assists as the Transylvania men's lacrosse team stormed to a 12-4 victory over the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents on Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The sophomore tied his career high for assists in facilitating a healthy offensive day for the Pioneers as the Transylvania men's lacrosse program won its fifth out of its last six games.
The triumph came on Senior Day 2018 for the Pioneers as the program took time to celebrate the careers of seniors Brad Clements, Brandon Heller, and Josh Mesmer. Clements and Mesmer each registered one goal in the victory while Heller was part of an efficient machine which moved the ball up the field with precision and consistency all afternoon long. The Pioneers won 12-of-20 face-offs and were a perfect 18-for-18 on clear opportunities.
The win elevated Transylvania to 8-6 overall and 7-1 in Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference play to keep the Pioneers in sole possession of second place in the standings. Washington and Jefferson suffered their second loss of conference play with Saturday's result.
The Presidents made the first decree of the game with a goal by Rocco Ruscitto three minutes into the contest. Transylvania erased the slight advantage quickly as Sneed fed Clements on a quick hit at the 9:58 mark of the first quarter to tie the game at 1-all.
The Pioneers continued their simmer as sophomore midfielder Jack Stevenson scored with 2:22 left in the first and junior attacker Nick Bailey capitalized off another Sneed pass to score the third straight goal of the game for the Pioneers with 1:18 before quarter's end.
Transylvania staked its claim in the second quarter, scoring three more consecutive goals to open the second quarter as freshman midfielder Kayd Aquino scored once and junior midfielder Alex Cherry scored back-to-back goals.
The Pioneers carried a 7-2 lead into halftime and continued to build upon their lead in the second half as Transylvania held Washington and Jefferson to just two goals the rest of the way.
Seven different players scored for Transylvania as Cherry led all scorers with a hat-trick. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Paul Stickel and sophomore midfielder Corbyn Buchart each tallied five of Transylvania's 40 ground balls.
Transylvania returns to play on Saturday, April 21 to visit the Chatham University Cougars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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