Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team completed its regular season looking like a polished veteran squad, devouring the Earlham College Quakers 29-0 on Wednesday evening at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Wednesday's matchup featured an Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference match between the three-time defending conference champion Pioneers and a first-year program in Earlham, which entered the night 0-12 on the year.
The contest was an illustration of two programs at opposite points in their evolution as the young but surging Pioneers displayed their might while the Quakers spent much of the evening attempting to keep up with the nonstop sweltering pace dictated by Transylvania.
The Pioneers opened up the game with a dizzying onslaught, outscoring Earlham 11-0 in the first quarter behind a hat-trick from senior attacker Brad Clements and two goals from senior midfielder Josh Mesmer.
Transylvania intensified its attack in the second quarter, outscoring Earlham 12-0 to compile its highest-scoring half in program history.
The pace settled down in the third quarter as the Pioneers were content to score just once with Clements finding the net again for his fifth goal of the game and a 24-0 Transy advantage.
The Pioneers struck five more times in the final quarter to set a new single-game scoring record along with a new record for largest margin of victory, exceeding a 24-goal victory over Defiance two seasons ago in their 2016 regular-season finale.
Clements finished the night with five goals and eight assists while sophomore attacker Trenton Sneed led the way with a game-high five assists and four goals. Junior attacker Nick Bailey and Mesmer each chimed in with hat-tricks.
Sophomore face-off midfielder Paul Stickel scooped up a career-high 14 ground balls as the Pioneers collected 59 ground balls.
The Pioneers reigned supreme in the battle for possession, winning the ground ball margin by 38 scoops, taking 27 of 32 face-offs, and going 13-of-14 on clears while forcing Earlham into a 33 percent clearance percentage.
Transylvania completes its ORLC regular season run at 9-1 overall, and on a five-game winning streak. With Wednesday's win, the Pioneers clinch the second seed in next week's ORLC conference tournament. The Pioneers will take on the number three seed team, still to be determined at a time to be determined next Wednesday at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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