Big third quarter leads Pioneer lacrosse to win over Elmhurst

Big third quarter leads Pioneer lacrosse to win over Elmhurst

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Five unanswered goals to open the second half propelled the Transylvania University men's lacrosse team to a 6-5 victory over the Elmhurst College Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The Pioneers fell behind early after a goal from Elmhurst just four minutes into the game put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0. The first quarter and much of the second quarter would be played without any further scoring. Transylvania would get into the scoring column with 6:38 to play in the opening half after defender Rob Rhea forced a turnover, scooped up one of his three groundballs on the day, and raced the length of the field before ripping a shot past the goalie and into the back of the net. Rhea's goal knotted the game at one goal each.

The score would not stay tied long, as Elmhurst scored just 15 seconds later to retake the lead and head into the locker room with a 2-1 advantage.

Transylvania went on a tear in the third quarter to retake the lead and seal the victory. The scoring began when midfielder Clark Watts spun around an Elmhurst defender and buried a long strike in the back of the net to tie the game 2-2. Less than a minute later, midfielder Gus Burge to a pass from fellow midfielder Andrew Meyer and sank a shot near the goal to give Transy a 3-2 lead.

The Pioneers were not done, however, as Meyer got in on the scoring action with 10:06 to play in the third, converting a pass from attacker Clay Douthat and giving Transylvania a 4-2 lead. The margin would widen as Watts found the goal again with 9:13 to play in the quarter in a man-up situation. Transy took the 5-2 lead into the fourth quarter.

The final period started with a bang for the Pioneers as they extended their lead even further after Douthat netted a goal with 11:39 to play in the game. Elmhurst would mound a comeback attempt, scoring three goals over the closing eight minutes, but goalkeeper Cooper Fogle managed to come up with several key saves late to seal the win for the Pioneers.

All told, Fogle recorded 15 saves on 20 shots on goal en route to picking up his fourth win of the season. Watts led all scorers with two and dished out one assist. The Pioneers beat Elmhurst to a number of loose balls and picked up 23 groundballs in the victory, led by six from midfielder Zach Riggs.

The Pioneers moved to 4-3 with the nonconference victory and will return to action Saturday at Pat Deacon Stadium against Capital University with the game scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.