Rivalry Week launches Wednesday in Lexington

Rivalry Week launches Wednesday in Lexington

Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania Athletics kicks off an exciting week of home bouts with their Bluegrass neighbor to the south, Centre College on Wednesday.

As longtime regional rivals separated by 35 miles of pavement, Transylvania and Centre will face off with one another in three different sports over the next seven days in Lexington as passions and memories of past battles reignite.

The neighborly saga begins Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. when the Transylvania Field Hockey teams hosts the Centre Colonels in their first matchup of the year.

The simmering continues Thursday at 7:00 p.m. as Transy hosts Centre in men's soccer for their annual meeting. The final installment of the fall rivalry series begins Tuesday, September 19 as the Pioneers host the Colonels in volleyball at the Clive M. Beck Center at 7:00 p.m.


FIELD HOCKEY: Centre at Transylvania, Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Pat Deacon Stadium

As members of the Southern Athletic Association in field hockey, Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. meeting marks the first of two scheduled regular season meetings between Transylvania and Centre in 2017. While Wednesday's contest is officially a nonconference game, gameplay figures to be passionate between the two teams who clashed three times in 2016, with Centre gaining victories in those three meetings.

The last of the three meetings last season were the closest in margin as Centre took a 2-0 win in the SAA Tournament Semifinals in Memphis, Tennessee.

Transylvania enters Wednesday's game coming off its first win of the season, a 2-0 breakthrough against Ferrum. The Pioneers scored twice in the final seven minutes to discover their first offensive charge of the season and will look to keep their momentum going Wednesday night against their arch rivals.


MEN'S SOCCER: Centre at Transylvania, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Pat Deacon Stadium

Transylvania is off to a 4-0 start this season and puts its undefeated record on the line when it strikes with Centre on Thursday evening in Lexington. The Pioneers will aim to return the favor to the Colonels, who won their lone meeting last year, 2-1 in Danville, Kentucky for the Pioneers' first loss of the season.

As was the case approaching their meeting in 2016, the Pioneers are riding high into this match, averaging three goals per contest, and having shutout each of their last three opponents. Transy's strikers are pacing the conference in goals, as senior Riley Calhoon tops his Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference peers with six on the year, while freshman Griffin Lamb is tied for second in conference with three goals.

Transylvania's backline, patrolled by juniors Tyler Joy-Brandon and Jonathan Rase, senior Wilson Martin, and freshman Zach Hill, have been a fortress of resistance early in the season. While sophomores Drew Grisham and Chandler Gaunce have formed a potent 1-2 punch in goal, the drive to the box has been daunting for would-be attackers as the Pioneers have not allowed a goal in over 304 consecutive minutes.


VOLLEYBALL: Centre at Transylvania, Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.

Like 2016, Transylvania's volleyball squad is off to another hot start as it prepares for its first home contest of the year next Tuesday against Centre. The Pioneers are 5-2 with a weekend trip to Ohio Wesleyan preceding the showdown against the Colonels at the Beck Center.

Tuesday's game is the first meeting between the squads since October 20, 2016, when Centre collected a 3-1 victory in Danville. Pioneer standouts in that previous game were then-freshmen Taryn Glass and Jordan Horne, who collected 10 and 11 kills, respectively.

One year later, the Pioneers return to battle with a year of experience under the belt for the majority of the roster; sophomore Hannah Talkers ranks in the top-4 in the HCAC in assists, while Horne stands along the conference leaders in blocks.

Transylvania's last win in the series came in 2015, when the Pioneers swept Centre in three sets at the Beck Center. The Pioneers have won three of the last four meetings between the two teams.


For full season schedules for each of Transylvania's fall sports teams, follow the links below