Lexington, Ky. – Five different Pioneers collected hat-tricks as the Transylvania women's lacrosse team overpowered the Trine Thunder, 21-3 at Pat Deacon Stadium on Friday.
Freshman Emma Oliver's five-goal night stood out amongst a slew of other busy Transylvania performers. Julia Ward's three-goal, four-assist performance was another line of note for a Transylvania women's lacrosse squad that pulled to 2-2 on the season after back-to-back one-sided victories this week.
Playing one night earlier than anticipated in order to escape impending torrential weather, the Pioneers played with a heightened level of urgency from the first draw. Emma Oliver converted the first goal of the night 1:10 into the game to take a 1-0 lead for Transylvania that got the ball rolling downhill upon Trine immediately.
Rachel Harrison followed with the Pioneers' second goal less than a minute later, and Ward followed suit 59 seconds after Harrison's goal to make it a 3-0 Pioneer advantage with still 26:53 left in the first half.
From there, the onslaught continued as the Pioneers outscored the outmatched Thunder 15-0 in the first half. Harrison tabulated two more goals before the half, both on free position shots, to help build the insurmountable lead.
Head Coach Lauren Bickford gave starting goalie Lydia Shaughnessy the rest of the night off once the second half started, but the Pioneers still outscored a hungrier Trine team in the second half, six to three.
Oliver scored the first goal of the second half for the Pioneers nearly seven and a half minutes in to claim a 16-2 lead for the home team. Winkelmeyer joined in on the nonstop frenzy, scoring her second goal for a 17-2 lead. Trine scored their final goal with 17:50 left in the second half before Pios reshifted into top gear to hold the Thunder scoreless the rest of the way. Katherine Stachowski found her way into the fan for a goal before Winkelmeyer scored again to become the fifth and final player to record a hat-trick in the performance. Bailee Stevens scored her first career goal in her debut with the Pioneers, and Ashton Ogle finished off the scoring on a free position take with 45 seconds remaining to craft the 21-3 final score.
Transylvania enjoyed their most robust offensive output of the season, going 5-for-7 on free position shots. The game was put out of hand in the first half, illustrated by the Pioneers releasing 26 shots to zero by Trine.
Aligning with the lopsided score, the Pioneers outmatched the Thunder in numerous categories. Transylvania held a sizable mismatch in shots, outshooting Trine 36 to 4. The Pioneers commanded possession on this night, winning the draw control category 17 to 6. Transylvania took great care of the ball as well, going 8-for-9 on clear attempts to prevent Trine from ever threatening.
The Pioneers will take their recent success on the road for the first time in 2016 as they head out east during Transylvania spring break weekend. Their next stop will be Hilton Head, South Carolina where they'll face Nichols on Monday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m., followed by a quick turnaround the next day to take on Framingham State at 11:00 a.m.
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