Decisive 11-6 MLAX victory over Westminster puts Pioneers back in business

Decisive 11-6 MLAX victory over Westminster puts Pioneers back in business

New Wilmington, Pa. – The Transylvania men's lacrosse team made use of a third quarter offensive explosion to defeat Ohio River Lacrosse Conference foe Westminster, 11-6 on Saturday at Harold Burry Stadium.

The victory was the third in the last four games for the Pioneers who now find themselves on a two-game winning streak for the first time this season.

Transylvania used a balanced offensive attack to secure the important road victory. The potent trio of Junior attackers Clark Watts and Andrew Meyer, along with Sophomore midfielder Josh Mesmer each added two goals for the Pioneers.    

The contest got off to a quick start, as Transylvania Senior Attacker Ben Erwin scored less than two minutes into the first quarter. It stood as the lone goal of the quarter for the Pios as the visitors endured a drought for the rest of the period. After 11 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Ryan Shorts would score the equalizer for Westminster.

The second quarter would follow a similar script as the first. After an early goal by Westminster, Transylvania would respond with a goal by Clark Watts with 5:41 remaining in the first half to forge a 2-2 tie at the halftime intermission.

Transylvania came out of the locker room with a newfound enthusiasm in the third quarter. The Pioneers scored three goals in the first four minutes of the quarter, taking the score to 5-2 with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. In all, the Pioneers would outscore the Titans 7-1 in the quarter, and heading into the fourth quarter the score was 9-3 in favor of the road team.

The teams each added two goals over the first ten minutes of the fourth quarter. A late Westminster goal proved to be nothing more than cosmetic and the Pioneers cruised to victory by a final margin of 11-6.

Transylvania also dominated the game defensively, as the team claimed 54 ground balls to Westminster's 19 while forcing the titans into a total of 31 turnovers, while only committing 14 of their own.

The Pioneers domineered possession over the Titans in dramatic fashion, as they claimed a staggering 17 out of 20 face-offs on the day. Transylvania was also a perfect 14-14 on clear attempts in the game, while Westminster recorded 15 unsuccessful clear attempts.

Transylvania's record now goes to 5-6 on the season, and a decisive 3-1 in conference play. With three games remaining in the regular season, the Pioneers remain a half game out of first place in the ORLC conference standings.

The Pioneers will look to build on their current streak when they return home to face Bethany College next Saturday. The game is set for a 1:00 PM start from Pat Deacon Stadium.

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