Ward’s five goals leads Pioneers Women’s Lacrosse in Florida vs. Fitchburg State

photo credit Laurel Dent

Julia Ward leads the ORLC in goals after a 5-goal explosion against Fitchburg St. on Monday
photo credit Laurel Dent Julia Ward leads the ORLC in goals after a 5-goal explosion against Fitchburg St. on Monday

Port Charlotte, Fla. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team started off its spring break festivities with a rousing 12-10 victory over the Fitchburg State University Falcons at Franz Ross Field on Monday morning.

Junior attack Julia Ward led the Pioneers on offense with five goals in the Transylvania victory. Ward now leads the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in goals with 16 on the season. 

With the win, Transylvania's record now moves to 4-1 on the season with only one game remaining before Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play begins.

Transylvania played an extremely efficient game, turning 17 shots into 12 goals, while Fitchburg State missed on 20 of their shot attempts.

The early-morning game started off with a free-position goal from Ward just two minutes into the matchup to galvanize her magic Monday.

Just minutes later, Fitchburg State responded with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead with 23 minutes remaining in the first half.

The rest of the first half went back and forth, as Ward, freshman midfielder Katie Smith, and junior attack Kate Winkelmeyer each scored a goal, leading to a 4-4 tie at the half.

The hotly-contested affair continued into the second half, as the teams traded goals early. Transylvania took control on two goals by Ward, and a goal by both Smith and freshman midfielder Brianna McCulley that pushed the Pioneers' lead to 9-5 with 24 minutes remaining in the game.

But the resurgent Falcons proceeded to rattle off four straight goals in just four minutes to tie the game back up at 9-all

With just over nine minutes remaining in the game, Emma Oliver was fouled in the fan and converted on a free-position goal to put the Pioneers ahead for good.

Transylvania padded its lead with a late goal from McCulley, making the final score 12-10.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent turned in another stellar performance for the Pioneers, as she record 15 saves, including two critical stops in the final eight minutes of the game.  Dent now leads the ORLC in saves with 48 on the season, and is second in save percentage at 49 percent.

The Pioneers will continue their spring break excursion with a matchup against the Becker College Hawks on Wednesday, March 15. The game is set for a 10:00 p.m. start at Franz Ross Field.

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