Cincinnati, Ohio – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team enjoyed a sizable victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the Mount St. Joseph University Lions 25-1 at Schueler Field.
The one-sided victory marked the largest margin of victory for the Pioneers in their nine contests thus far as four different players scored hat-tricks for Transylvania.
The Pioneers improved to 4-5 on the year and 3-1 in Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference play as they ended a two-game slide with tremendous force.
Coming off a bitter one-goal loss on Sunday, the Pioneers immediately burst out of the face-off taking out their pent-up frustration on the host Lions. Sophomore midfielder Corbyn Buchart and senior midfielder Josh Mesmer each scored less than two and a half minutes into the game, and sophomore attack Trenton Sneed and senior attack Brad Clements joined in with scores in the first quarter to hand the Pioneers a 4-1 cushion after the first 15 minutes.
The Pioneers took control in the second quarter as they outscored the Lions 8-0. The onslaught was capped off by two goals from Kayd Aquino and T.J. Toivonen with under 20 seconds left in the half, sending Transylvania to the break up 12-1.
The Pioneers cruised in the second half, shutting out Mt. St. Joseph while scoring another 13 goals to close out the contest.
Transylvania racked up 48 ground balls to 12 for the Lions. Sophomore face-off midfielder Paul Stickel led the way with seven ground balls while Toivonen registered a career-high eight caused turnovers.
The Pioneers next play on Saturday, March 31 as they hit the road to visit the Westminster (Pa.) College Titans in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Face-off is scheduled for 12:00 noon.
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