Transylvania women's lacrosse kicks off 2019 season with powerful home win vs. Berry

Rachel Johnston moving the ball in the crosse

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's lacrosse team opened the 2019 season with a 14-1 victory over the Berry College Vikings at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Senior midfielder Emma Oliver and sophomore midfielder Courtney Pontious led the way for Transylvania with a pair of well-balanced performances. Oliver tallied two goals, three assists, five groundballs, six draw controls, and three caused turnovers, while Pontious recorded two goals, three assists, six groundballs, and three draw controls in her Pioneer debut.

Sophomore midfielder Salem Carlow put Transylvania ahead early as she scored the Pioneers' first goal of the 2019 season just two and a half minutes into the game.

Then, in the fifth minute, junior midfielder Brianna McCulley scored two of her game-high three goals in the span of just 13 seconds to give Transylvania an early 3-0 lead. 

Five Pioneers combined to score seven more goals over the final 25 minutes of the first half, giving Transylvania a 10-0 lead at the halftime break.

In the second half, Transylvania added three additional goals to their lead before finally conceding a Berry goal with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.

The Pioneers capped off the 14-1 victory with a late goal from senior midfielder Bailee Stevens, who returned to action for the first time in nearly a year.

Transylvania's defensive pressure stifled the Vikings throughout the afternoon. The Pioneers forced 36 Berry turnovers and held the Vikings to just five successful clears out of 33 attempts.

Senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent picked up the victory in goal after collecting two saves and not allowing a goal in 30 minutes of action before giving way to fellow senior Allyson Benz in the second half.

Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Capital University Crusaders on Saturday, February 16. The opening draw between the Crusaders and the Pioneers is set for a 1:00 p.m. start at Bernlohr Stadium.

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