Lexington, Ky. - Four different Pioneers scored four goals or more as the Transylvania women's lacrosse team hit its season-high in scoring in a 25-9 win over the Hendrix College Warriors on Sunday at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Emma Oliver, Brianna McCulley, and Salem Carlow all notched hat-tricks before the end of the first half to boost the Pioneers to a 5-1 record overall. Hendrix dropped to 3-4 with their loss to Transy on Sunday.
The first half featured an unleashing of offenses for both sides as the Pioneers fought to put away the Warriors. Rachel Johnston scored on a free position shot 63 seconds into the match to start a day of 34 combined goals between the two teams. Transylvania reeled off three unanswered goals before the Warriors began to come alive offensively.
Olivia Livingston set up Oliver for her first goal of the day at the 19:26 mark of the first half to give the Pioneers a 6-1 lead. Hendrix responded with three straight goals over the next three minutes to slice Transylvania's advantage to 6-4.
Oliver swung the pendulum back the Pioneers' way by scoring two of the next three Transy goals; along with a score from Carlow, the Pioneers built a 9-4 lead with 10:45 left before the half.
The Pioneers and Warriors traded goals for the rest of the half as Courtney Pontious, Livingston, and Carlow all scored late to send the Pioneers into halftime with a 14-8 lead.
Transylvania ensured its complete dominance of the second half as the home team outscored Hendrix, 11 to 1 over the final half hour. The Pioneers registered two goals out of the break before Hendrix scored at the 26:29 mark of the second half to translate a 16-9 Transy lead upon the scoreboard.
Transylvania would go on to hold Hendrix scoreless the rest of the way with a 9-0 scoring finish over the final 25 minutes.
Pontious led the Pioneers in goals with a career-high six, also adding two assists in the win. Carlow provided five goals, a season-high for the sophomore midfielder who also recorded two assists. Oliver finished with five goals and eight points in total while McCulley equalized Oliver's points output with a four-goal afternoon.
Transylvania assisted on 15 of its 25 goals for the contest and had a turnover margin of plus-eight. The Pioneers won the battle of draw controls, 21 to 11.
MacKenzie Dent picked up the win in goal for the Pioneers with two saves to elevate her record to 4-1.
Transylvania hits the road for the rest of spring break week and will play at Roanoke College on Tuesday, March 12. Opening draw is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Donald J. Kerr Stadium.
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