Lexington, KY. – Sophomore attacker Julie Ward and senior midfielder Rachel Harrison helped the Transylvania University women's lacrosse team push their win streak to seven by producing a combined 12 goals in the Pioneers' 17-7 win Friday night vs. Hanover.
Ward currently leads the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in scoring, points, shooting, and shots on goal. The sophomore tacked on seven more goals on 11 shots, nine of those on goal in the match to reach a season total of 34 goals, 47 points, 67 shots, and 58 shots on goal. Ward also picked up three ground balls and two draw controls to provide a defensive effort against the Panthers.
Harrison slung the ball past the Hanover goal line five times to give the senior her 24th goal of 2016 and added another assist. Harrison recorded five ground balls, five draw controls, and two caused turnovers for a full-fledged two-way impact.
Freshman defender Emma Oliver drew the back of the net twice while senior midfielder Jessica Bier, freshman attacker Lindsey Jenkins, and senior attacker Lucy Meredith added a single score each to round out the barrage of Pioneer shooting with a dozen goals.
Transylvania senior goalkeeper Lydia Shaughnessy made five saves after facing 12 shots from the Panthers offense and allowed seven goals. Shaughnessy currently leads the ORLC in goals-against average with 7.60 per contest.
Hanover scored the first two goals of the match before the Pioneers began to torch the goal with a scoring rampage. Transylvania roared back to even up the score at 2-2 and quickly found themselves with a two goal lead at 4-2.
The Panthers pulled within one at 4-3 only to watch the Pioneers score four unanswered goals within a stretch of seven minutes. Both teams scored once more before the first half ended to reach a score of 9-4 at the break.
The Pioneers extended their lead to seven goals within the first four minutes of the second half and continued to pour on the points, scoring two or three goals for every one of Hanover's throughout the second half for a 10-goal win.
Transylvania moves to 7-2 overall with a 1-0 conference record as they prepare to square off with Mount St. Joseph for their second conference tilt of the season that is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
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