Meadville, PA – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team's 22-4 blowout of Thiel on Sunday morning marked a record-filled day for multiple reasons. The victory was the 11th straight win for the Pioneers, again continuing a program record for consecutive wins.
Senior Rachel Harrison made her imprint on the festivities as the attacker set a record for most goals in a game by a Pioneer, surpassing the previous record of 10 goals by Aubrey Bausum.
The meeting pitted the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference's first-place team in the Pioneers against last place Thiel, who entered the game 0-4 in conference play and 0-9 overall.
Any worries of a letup or trap game were quickly put to rest by the ever-hungry Pioneers, who raced out to an 11-1 lead on the home team before accumulating a 12 to 2 halftime break.
Eight of Transylvania's first half goals came by way of Harrison. The senior notched the first two goals of the day for Transylvania and the focused visitors never looked back.
After Thiel got on the board at the 26:45 mark of the first half, the Pioneers scored the next nine goals in the contest. Sophomore Julia Ward matched Harrison's first two goals with two consecutive score of her own on the way to her ninth hat-trick game of the year. Ward finished the day with five goals.
The lopsided score reflected a game of extreme possession by Transylvania, who collected 24 draw controls to just four by Thiel. Ward was responsible for 11 of the 24 draw controls while Harrison secured nine for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers also controlled the defensive conversation in the game, collecting just 37 ground balls to 24 by Thiel. The Pioneers had just five clears on the day, but converted five of six opportunities thanks to a myriad of stops and and caused turnovers on their offensive side of the field.
One key defensive difference-maker was senior Jessica Bier, who had six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Bier also registered a hat-trick for the Pioneers to join Harrison and Ward in the feat. Sophomore Katherine Stachowski had three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while freshman Alexis Rubin factored in with a game-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
The Pioneers overwhelmed Thiel in total shots, with the final count reading 59 for the Pioneers and seven for the Tomcats. Transylvania took advantage of free position opportunities on Sunday, going 5-for-10 on free position shots.
Transylvania has one road game remaining in their regular season as they visit the Franklin Grizzlies (3-1 ORLC) on Saturday, April 16, before wrapping up their regular season at home the following weekend against Waynesburg and Washington & Jefferson.
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