Crestview Hills, Ky. – Courtney Pontious fueled the Transylvania women's lacrosse team's offense with a career-high eight goals on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers throttled the Thomas More University Saints 20-2 at BB&T Field.
The Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference's second-leading scorer in goals, Pontious levied seven of her eight goals on the day in the first half as the Pioneers broke away from the Saints to remain undefeated in conference play at 4-0 on the year. The Pioneers are now 11-4 overall with two games remaining in the regular season.
Thomas More dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in HCLC play.
Pontious signaled her promising start with the opening goal of the day, 1:12 into the contest to give the Pioneers the 1-0 salutation. Thomas More answered back on a corresponding score within the next two minutes before the Pioneers created their distance from the Saints for an instant, game-changing run.
Salem Carlow got into the mix, scoring the go-ahead goal with 23:12 remaining in the half before feeding Pontious for her second goal of the day for a 3-1 Transy lead with 18:10 remaining in the half. Pontious returned the favor to Carlow on the ensuing goal as the Pioneers went ahead 4-1 and Rachel Johnston scored a backbreaker less than a half-minute later to spot the Pioneers a 5-1 advantage with 17:34 left in the first.
Thomas More stopped the four-goal run with their second score of the day, but it would be their last as the Pioneers closed the half on a 9-0 scoring run and blanked the Saints in the second half.
Pontious scored four consecutive goals over the final 13 minutes of the half to add to a hat-trick's worth of goals in the first 17 minutes of gameplay. Emma Oliver sent in a free position shot to close the half for the Pioneers, sending them into intermission with a 14-2 lead.
Pontious added an assist in the victory to finish with a nine-point outing. Carlow finished the day with a hat-trick and six points overall. Oliver, Johnston, and Alexis Rubin each finished with two goals apiece. Harper Zeitz led the Pioneers with eight draw controls and added a caused turnover in the win.
Hayle Hall picked up the win for the Pioneers in goal, working the final 40 minutes of the contest and claiming one save in the process. Transylvania overwhelmed the Saints with a 33-shot differential in the game and outgained the Saints 20-12 on ground balls.
The Pioneers will wrap up their regular season this coming week with a two-game homestand. Transylvania will welcome the Earlham College Quakers to Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. With each team currently leading the conference with identical HCLC record of 4-0, the contest will determine the regular-season champion.
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