Five Pioneers notch hat-tricks in dominant road conference win at Anderson

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Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team remained undefeated through three conference games with a 23-3 win over the Anderson University Ravens on Saturday afternoon at Macholtz Stadium.

Transylvania also improved to 6-3 overall while the Ravens dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play.

Saturday's match marked the third offensively dominant performance by Transylvania in three conference games as the Pioneers surpassed the 22-goal mark against its third straight conference opponent on Saturday.

Multiple Pioneers got into the scoring mix as five different players all achieved hat-tricks. Trenton Sneed led the way with three goals and a game-high four assists in a game the Pioneers controlled from the outset.

The Pioneers showed off their pole position in the HCLC with a 10-0 onslaught in the first quarter. Peyton Bray scored the first goal of the day on the opening face-off and the Pioneers assumed control from there. Quinn Fox followed with a second goal for Transylvania inside the opening minute and Sneed fed Nic Bailey for his first assist of the day at the 13:35 mark of the first quarter.

Scoring cooled off for Transylvania in the second quarter as the Pioneers outscored Anderson 2 to 1 before blanking the Ravens 7 to 0 in the third quarter.

The Pioneers displayed supreme possession of the ball, receiving only 10 clearing opportunities all day while hounding the Ravens into an 8-for-25 clearance rate. The Pioneers collected 59 ground balls to just 21 for the host team. Transylvania won 23 of the day's 30 face-offs.

Bailey, Bryce Lowe, Bray, Fox, and Sneed were Saturday's hat-trick authors; the outputs matched a season-high for Bailey and new career-highs in goals for Bray and Fox. Bray also led the Pioneers with seven ground balls.

Michael Webb manned the first 15 minutes of the game before making way for Luke Garas, who finished 45 strong minutes in goal with six saves against nine shots.

Saturday's contest marked the seventh time in nine matches the Pioneers have scored double-digit goals.

Transylvania returns to play with another HCLC conference matchup on Wednesday, March 27 as the Pioneers host the Mount St. Joseph University Lions. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Pat Deacon Stadium.

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