GREENVILLE, Pa. (ohioriverlax.org) – Seven of the 10 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) women's programs have started their seasons.
Transylvania (3-1) junior attacker Julia Ward (Dayton, Ohio | Chaminade-Julienne) helped push the Pioneers to 3-1 this season after scoring the game-winning goal with just over three minutes left in regulation in a 12-11 win against Ursuline (1-3) at Pat Deacon Stadium Tuesday ... Ward finished with four goals and an assist while adding two ground balls and a pair of draw controls ... She is currently tied with Transy sophomore midfielder Emma Oliver (Louisville, Ky. | Ballard) for the league lead in points (15).
Saint Vincent (1-1) opened its season with a 12-7 victory at Randolph (0-2) last Saturday ... The win was the 100th in program history ... Junior midfielder Maggie Nelson (Jefferson, Md. | Saint John's Catholic Prep.) totaled seven goals and three assists in the win ... She also added eight draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers ... Sophomore goalkeeper Maria Franey (Export, Pa. | Franklin Regional) made six saves to go along with four ground balls and a caused turnover.
For the first time since the creation of the ORLC in 2014, the winner of the ORLC Championship Tournament will receive one of just 29 automatic qualifying bids to this year's NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ... The 40-team championship bracket is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, May 7 with first round games scheduled for Friday-Saturday, May 12-13.
In other ORLC news …
W&J (0-2) was selected as this year's favorite in the ORLC preseason coaches' poll (Feb. 3), which was voted on by the league's 10 head coaches … The Presidents, led by fourth-year head coach Alison Valerio, received six of a possible 10 first-place votes and 93 total points ... Valerio, voted the ORLC Coach of the Year in 2016, helped top-seeded W&J rally from an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat third-seeded and defending ORLC champion Saint Vincent 13-11 to claim last year's conference title.
The ORLC features five new head coaches this season – Franklin's Colin McSharar, Hanover's Brandon Allwood, Thiel's Tim Priskey, Thomas More's Rebecca McLouth and Westminster's Kim Eldridge.
W&J junior midfielder Caroline Kallos (Reading, Pa. | Governor Mifflin) picked up a game- and career-high 11 ground balls in last Saturday's 12-8 loss at Ohio Wesleyan (1-1) … She also posted two goals and a pair of assists to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
For a full recap of Week 1 in the ORLC, click here.