LEXINGTON, Ky.—With a 12-7 victory over the visiting Defiance College Yellow Jackets, the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team picked up its third straight victory and moved to 4-2 in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play. The team also celebrated its senior day, recognizing attacker Iyabo Erinkitola and defender Elizabeth Thomas
The Pioneers took an early lead with a second minute goal from attacker Julia Ward, taking a pass from Erinkitola and beating the Yellow Jackets goalkeeper. Transy allowed two straight goals from Defiance and trailed 2-1 until midfielder Rachel Harrison scored on a free position shot at the 15:25 mark to even the score, kick starting a 4-0 run for the Pioneers to end the half.
Harrison scored four minutes later to put Transylvania on top 3-2, followed by a goal from Ward with five minutes to play in the opening period. Ward scored her third goal of the match with under two to play in the first, sending Transy to the locker room holding a 5-2 lead.
The Transylvania lead extended even further just seven seconds into the second half when Ward found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the game and pushing the Pioneers' lead to four. After a Defiance goal 15 seconds later, Ward scored yet again to make the score 7-3. The Yellow Jackets drew the score to 7-4 with a goal at the 24:43 mark but attacker Lucy Meredith scored two unanswered goals in two minutes to push the lead to 9-4.
Defiance got two goals back and trailed by just three with 15 minutes to play in the game, but Transylvania went on a 3-0 run to seal the game. Harrison scored a goal with just over 10 to play in the game, followed by a goal from Erinkitola and another Harrison score in the next five minutes to push the lead to 12-6. The Yellow Jackets scored with six seconds left in the game to end the match 12-7 in favor of the Pioneers.
Transylvania goalie Lydia Shaughnessy picked up six saves in the win. Ward's five goals were a game-high, followed by Harrison's four as the Pioneers outshot Defiance by a margin of 40-19. The Transy attack constantly peppered the Yellow Jacket back line and challenged the goalkeeper by putting 32 shots on goal. The Pioneers also added 16 draw controls and 30 groundballs in the match.
The Pioneers (5-7, 4-2 ORLC) have won their last three ORLC contests and look to continue the streak on Tuesday as the Franklin College Grizzlies come to Lexington for a 7:30 p.m. game.