Lexington, KY. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team discovered their offense in their second game of the season, but came one goal short against the Calvin Knights, falling 14-13 in overtime at Pat Deacon Stadium Saturday.
The Knights, also in their second game of the year after defeating Thomas More up the road in Florence, Kentucky last night traded leads with the host Pioneers throughout the afternoon.
As she did last week in the season opener, Julie Ward began the game with a goal, coming two and a half minutes in. Transylvania quickly went back for more as Ward assisted Emma Oliver on a goal less than two minutes later to take a firestarting 2-0 lead.
Calvin finally got on the board with 21:23 remaining in the first half, but senior Rachel Harrison answered back with a goal 90 seconds later, to lengthen Transylvania's lead to 3-1. Calvin went on a strong run to tie the game at 4-all with 10:21 left in the half. Calvin grabbed their first lead of the game at 5-4 with 8:03 left, but a goal on a free position shot from Harrison and another strike from Ward seized back a 6-5 lead as halftime intermission arrived.
The Pioneers again began their second half with the same fast start they enjoyed in the first, with Lucy Meredith scoring first, followed by Ward cashing in nine seconds later to collect her second hat trick in as many games to give Transylvania an 8-5 lead. Calvin then replicated their mid-half run by scoring four unanswered goals for a 9-8 lead.
By the time the game had closed, Calvin and Transylvania exchanged five ties and five lead changes in this seesawing battle.
Down the stretch, the Pioneers appeared to be clinching momentum as they answered the 9-8 deficit with four straight goals, courtesy of two more by Meredith for her first hat-trick of the year, another from Ward, and the first of the day from Anna McDonald. The Pioneers had a 12-9 lead with 9:55 left in the match.
But Calvin struck back once more, posting five goals in a span of less than six and a half minutes to tie the game at 13 with 2:28 to go in regulation. Unable to find the final goal before the buzzer sounded, both teams headed to overtime.
Transylvania's hopes were dashed in the brief extra session, when Amanda Davio broke free 1:24 into the first overtime to score for Calvin and hand the visiting Knights their second win in as many days.
Despite the loss, production was aplenty for the Pioneers. Meredith and Ward each led the way with four goals, and seven total points for Ward. The sophomore also had four ground balls, eight draw controls, and recorded an efficiency of four goals off of nine shots on goal.
Harrison contributed with two goals and four total points on the day, picking up four ground balls for the Pioneers. Alexis Rubin added a goal for the Pioneers, who dropped to 0-2 on their early campaign. Lydia Shaughnessy recorded 14 saves in the result after tabbing six in a half in her season debut last Saturday.
The Pioneers will seek quick redemption when they return to the field of Pat Deacon Stadium for a Monday night game with Wilmington College. Opening draw is set for 7:30 p.m.
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