Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team continued its magical season with a 21-2 victory over the Washington & Jefferson College Presidents in the championship game of the Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference Championship game at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Appearing in their first conference tournament championship game in the program's six-year history, the Pioneers prevailed mightily to secure the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament, set to begin next weekend.
The victory delivers the Pioneers women's lacrosse program to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. The Pioneers won their 16th consecutive game Saturday, extending a program-record winning streak.
Sophomore midfielder Brianna McCulley carried the Pioneers offensively, scoring a career-high seven goals to go along with two assists and seven groundballs in the championship game.
Freshman attack Shelby Wuest continued her phenomenal year by scoring three goals, recording five assists, collecting six ground balls, and causing three turnovers in the victory.
The Pioneers seized control of the game from the Presidents right from the start, scoring six goals in the first nine minutes of the game to take a 6-0 lead.
The Presidents were only able to muster two scores of their own as the Pioneers held a commanding 12-2 lead by halftime.
Transylvania added seven more goals in the second half while receiving a steady dose of defense. The Pioneer backline continued to shroud the Presidents, holding them scoreless over the final 30 minutes of play en route to the 21-2 final.
Sophomore defender Harper Zeitz capped off a stellar weekend for the Pioneers by scooping seven ground balls, tallying four draw controls, one caused turnover, and leading a phalanx that hindered the Presidents into just 7-of-28 successful clears.
Putting forth a strong effort in goal was sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent, who recorded five saves while only allowing two goals in 60 minutes of action.
Transylvania head coach Lauren Bickford was ecstatic with her team's strong performance and historic landmark reached on Saturday. "I'm so proud of this group," remarked Bickford. "They rose to the occasion and deserved this win. We're excited to enjoy this moment and celebrate our accomplishments. This team will be etched in program history for being the first Transylvania women's lacrosse team to go to NCAA Tournament, and we're excited to get to work in preparation!"
The Pioneers will learn who their opponent will be in next week's NCAA First Round game when the tournament pairings are announced in the NCAA selection show, streamed live on NCAA.com tomorrow night at 10 p.m.
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