Ward's season-high seven extends Pioneers' winning streak to 12 games

Ward's season-high seven extends Pioneers' winning streak to 12 games

Franklin, IN – It just continues.

The Transylvania women's lacrosse team continued their epic program-record winning streak as it hit 12 straight games on Saturday following a 17-11 victory over the Franklin Grizzlies.

A magical season continued another majestic chapter at Franklin on Saturday as the Pioneers improved to 6-0 in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play and sealed up their final road game of the regular season with two games remaining at home next weekend.

Sophomore midfielder Julia Ward continued her personal season to remember with seven goals and one assist to achieve her 10th hat trick of the year. Her game was one of all-around excellence as she added two ground balls and four won draw controls. Ward's seven-goal game matches her season-high in individual-game goals when she had seven versus Hanover on March 25.

Ward's partner-in-crime, senior Rachel Harrison aided in the scoring effort with another hat-trick plus one of her own, finishing with four goals on the day. Freshman Emma Oliver continued her stellar inaugural season with the Pioneers as she added a hat-trick, eight draw controls, one ground ball, and two caused turnovers.

While the game with the similar balance on the scoreboard the Pioneers have grown accustomed to seeing on the scoreboard over the last month and a half, Saturday's win was not without great effort and drama.

The Pioneers sprung out to a rapid 3-0 lead inside the first 2 ½ minutes of the game, but Franklin responded in kind to issue their intentions to end Transylvania's double-digit game winning streak.

Trailing 3-0, the Pioneers answered back with two goals from Lexi Ingram, but Ward's second goal of the day came at the 23:28 mark of the first half to push Transy's lead back to 4-2. The hometown team then scored the next three goals to take their first lead of the day at 5-4 with just over 20 minutes remaining in the half.

The high-scoring pace continued for both sides as the teams tussled to a 6-6 deadlock with 12:29 remaining in the first half. But Ward, Lucy Meredith and Harrison all came through with timely goals, Ward's and Meredith's on free position shots, to forge a 9-6 advantage by the halftime break.

Harrison opened up the second half with a furious strike to secure a four-goal lead, Transy's largest of the game to that point before a free position shot by Franklin brought the focused Grizzlies back within three. But Harrison, Ward, and Oliver led the charge as the second half continued to subdue Franklin as Transylvania's depth proved to be key. Oliver's third goal came with 16:31 remaining in the second half to give Transylvania a 15-10 lead, and Ward scored two final goals down the stretch to put the game out of reach for the Grizzlies.

The Pioneers were an efficient 9-for-11 on clears, and 3-for-8 on free position shots. The Pioneers grappled and eventually won the possession game as well, doubling Franklin in draw controls.

With their sixth win in six conference games, the Pioneers now look ahead to their final regular season games next weekend. Saturday pits the Pios against Waynesburg (1-4 ORLC, 1-9 overall) at 1:00 p.m., before a quick turnaround for a Sunday Senior Day match against Washington & Jefferson (6-0 ORLC, 9-4 overall) on April 24. 

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