Men's lacrosse nears conference title with win over Mount

Men's lacrosse nears conference title with win over Mount

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University's men's lacrosse team stayed atop the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference standings with a commanding 12-2 victory over Mount Saint Joseph at Pat Deacon Stadium. With the win, the Pioneers moved to 4-1 in ORLC play with one game left in conference play as they currently sit in a three-way tie for the conference lead.

Transy wasted no time getting in the scoring column as midfielder Gus Burge scored a goal just two minutes into the game. After a goal with 7:37 to play in the first quarter to tie the score at one, Mount would not score again until late in the fourth.

The Pioneers, however, continued to tack on goals and build their lead. Midfielder David Smith gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead early in the second quarter and Transy was off and rolling. Zack Riggs scored off an assist from midfielder Sam Ives with eight minutes to play in the half, followed by an unassisted goal from Clay Douthat and a goal from Brendan Thompson in the final six minutes of the opening period gave Transylvania a 5-1 lead after 30 minutes of play.

Transy continued to build their lead in the third quarter, starting with an early goal from attacker Ben Erwin in at the 11:48 mark. Smith scored his second goal of the game five minutes later and attacker Clark Watts netted a goal with two minutes left in the third quarter, taking a pass from Riggs and beating the Lions' goalkeeper.

In the fourth quarter, Ives scored 30 seconds into the action to put Transylvania up 9-1. Erwin scored again, taking an assist from Burge with 11:44 to play in the game. Douthat scored another on an assist from Watts before Erwin picked up his third score of the game, converting another assist from Burge with six minutes left in the game. Mount would score a late goal, but the 10-goal deficit was too much to overcome, as the Pioneers grabbed with 12-2 win.

Transylvania dominated the game offensively, firing 45 shots and putting 29 on goal en route to scoring 12 goals. Erwin's three goals were a game high, followed by Smith's two. The Pioneer defense held Mount to just 27 shots in the game and three Transy goalkeepers combined to tally 13 saves on 15 shots on target. The Pioneer defense picked up 23 groundballs and forced 19 Lions' turnovers in the win.

The Pioneers (8-6, 4-1 ORLC) finish the regular season with a game at Defiance College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. A win would guarantee Transylvania at least a share of the regular-season ORLC title in the conference's first season.