Gambier, Ohio – The Kenyon College Ladies broke a 5-5 tie midway through the first half to pull away for a 16-9 victory against the Transylvania women's lacrosse team in a nonconference matchup on Saturday afternoon at McBride Field.
Taking on Kenyon of the Ohio Athletic Conference, the Pioneers suffered their fourth defeat of the season to drop to 8-4 overall while the Ladies moved to 9-2.
The Pioneers began Saturday staring at a 4-0 deficit inside the first five minutes of gameplay before responding with a powerful run, scoring five of the next six goals. Salem Carlow put the Pioneers on the scoreboard for the first time at the 23:42 mark to spur an offensive response.
Courtney Pontious followed with the second goal of the game for Transylvania with 21 minutes left in the half before Carlow became involved again, assisting Rachel Johnston for the third straight score for the Pioneers. Kenyon answered with a goal at the 19:51 mark for a 5-3 advantage, but Carlow kept the momentum going for Transylvania with a setup to Emma Oliver for a goal. Johnston found the back of the net with 15:23 left in the first half to bring the Pioneers all the way back for the 5-5 score.
Kenyon then countered with a hot finish to the half, scoring six unanswered goals to carry an 11-5 advantage into the break.
The home team continued its tear into the second half with the first two scores to take the largest lead of the day at 13-5. Olivia Livingston scored her first goal of the day to start a string of three consecutive goals by the Pioneers as they tried to muster another big comeback. Pontious and Johnston followed up with scores to make it a 13-8 Kenyon lead.
But the Pioneers embarked on a drought of 16 minutes before they would score again. Within that span, Kenyon retaliated with three scores of their own to put the game out of reach.
Johnston led the Pioneers with a hat-trick while Pontious and Harper Zeitz each secured three draw controls for the Pioneers. Mackenzie Dent took the loss for the Pioneers while corralling a season-high 18 saves.
The Pioneers gained 21 of 30 successful clears while forcing the Ladies into 10 failed clears on Saturday.
Transylvania returns to play on Wednesday, April 10, visiting the Hanover College Panthers to round out a stretch of four straight matches away from home. Opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Hanover, Indiana.
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