Roanoke, Va. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team was outpaced by the Roanoke College Maroons, 20-12 on Tuesday night at Kerr Stadium.
The Pioneers picked up their second defeat of the season as they moved to 5-2 overall while Roanoke improved to 5-1 on the 2019 campaign.
The match marked the first of two straight road games in the state of Virginia for the Pioneers over their spring break week after starting the week with a Sunday win at home.
The Pioneers built an early two-goal lead before Roanoke overtook the Pioneers midway through the first half at home to turn the game in its favor. The Maroons led by four goals at the half and outscored the Pioneers by the same margin in the second half to pick up the win.
Transylvania got on the board first with early-minute scores by reigning HCLC Offensive Player of the Week Emma Oliver and Courtney Pontious to form a 2-0 advantage. Roanoke responded with the next two goals to tie up the game with 26:21 left in the first half before Salem Carlow found the back of the net for the 3-2 lead. Roanoke answered again with a tying goal but Brianna McCulley scored for Transylvania to keep the Pioneers ahead on the road.
Roanoke closed the half on a 7-3 scoring run to take an 11-7 advantage into halftime. Carlow provided a critical score with six seconds left in the half to cut the Maroon lead to four.
Carlow picked up from where she left off to end the half with her fourth goal of the night to open the second half, making the score 11-8 in favor of Roanoke. The Maroons scored three consecutive goals to take back momentum for a 14-8 advantage with 21 minutes remaining in the contest. Transylvania scored two of the next three goals to cut its deficit to five but Roanoke reeled off three straight goals to put the match out of reach.
Carlow led the Pioneers with four goals and added a ground ball for the night. Rachel Johnston and Pontious each registered a hat-trick to aid the Pioneers. Goalie Mackenzie Dent picked up the loss for the Pioneers to move to 4-2. Dent tallied a season-high 11 saves on Wednesday, her second-highest single-game total of the season.
The Pioneers move ahead to a Thursday evening game at Bridgewater (Va.) College in Bridgewater, Virginia. Opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Jopson Athletic Complex.
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