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GREENVILLE, Pa. (ohioriverlax.org) – Dating back to a 15-11 loss to Wittenberg University on March 1, Transylvania University has posted 10-straight victories, including wins in seven-consecutive Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) matchups in which the Pioneers have outscored their opposition 137-24.
Transylvania’s (12-1, 7-0) current 10-match win streak is the second-longest in program history (13 straight in 2016).
While Transylvania’s schedule showed six remaining league matches after the conclusion of its 18-3 win over conference rival Hanover College last Wednesday, none loomed as large as Sunday’s tilt with two-time defending ORLC champion Washington & Jefferson College. W&J entered the match owning three-straight regular season wins over Transylvania (2015-17), including a thrilling 12-11 overtime victory last April at Alexandre Stadium in Washington, Pennsylvania.
W&J topped this year’s ORLC preseason coaches’ poll, which was released on February 9, with six first-place votes and 137 points. Transylvania was picked second after totaling five first-place votes and 134 points.
In Sunday’s matchup, the Pioneers shot out to an 8-2 halftime lead and in the second half managed to hold off a hard-charging Presidents’ offense to secure a 10-7 win and snap W&J’s 21-match ORLC regular season win streak.
Transylvania junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Dent (Alpharetta, Ga. | Johns Creek) finished with seven saves and ceded just seven goals in 60 minutes of action against W&J. She is currently 12-1 this season with a 6.21 goals against average, which ranks 10th in NCAA Division III.
Leading the way on offense against the Presidents were junior attack Alexis Rubin (Louisville, Ky. | Atherton and freshman midfielder Rachel Johnston (Franklin, Tenn. | Franklin), who each scored three goals in the win. Senior attack Julia Ward (Dayton, Ohio | Chaminade-Julienne) finished with a pair of goals and an assist to go along with a team-high nine ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior midfielder Emma Oliver (Louisville, Ky. | Ballard) scored one goal, grabbed five ground balls, totaled five draw controls and caused three turnovers.
Oliver recently became the third player in Transylvania program history to reach the 100 career goal mark (March 31 at Franklin).
Transylvania, which posted a 21-0 victory over Thomas More College Tuesday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, will host Waynesburg University Saturday at 10 a.m.
ORLC news and notes …
Hanover (7-4, 4-1) went 1-1 last week to remain near the top of the ORLC standings ... The Panthers dropped their first league match of the season at Transylvania last Wednesday, but bounced back with a 19-8 triumph over Chatham Saturday ... In Saturday’s win, where Hanover honored its four seniors, senior midfielder Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich. | Herbert Henry Dow) tallied six goals and one assist to lead the offense ... Fogus also recorded a team-high 10 draw controls ... Senior defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind. | Zionsville) recorded six groundballs, five caused turnovers and four draw controls ... With five regular season matches remaining, Hanover is just three victories shy of breaking the program's single-season wins record.
Mount St. Joseph (3-6, 2-2) continued its recent hot streak, winning a pair of ORLC matchups last week ... The Lions claimed an 18-9 win over Earlham last Wednesday before holding on for a 13-11 victory over Westminster on Saturday ... Senior midfielder Courtney Gleason (Cincinnati, Ohio | Seton) set a MSJ single-match record with nine goals in the win over Earlham ... Gleason totaled 15 points on a dozen goals and three assists last week.
Saint Vincent (6-2, 4-1) cruised to ORLC road wins over Waynesburg (24-2) and Earlham (17-5) last week ... Senior midfielder Maggie Nelson (Jefferson, Md. | Saint John's Catholic Prep.) recorded 22 goals and five assists last week ... Nelson recorded 11 goals in each contest, establishing a new single-match program high.
Thiel (3-5, 3-2) junior midfielder Paige Scherer (Cranberry, Pa. | Seneca Valley) netted the game-winning goal on a free position shot with 61 seconds left in regulation to lift the Tomcats to a 14-13 ORLC win over Earlham last Saturday ... Scherer (6) and sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Quinn (Carnegie, Pa. | Chartiers Valley) (8) combined to score all 14 of Thiel’s goals against Earlham ... Thiel has won two of its last three matches.
W&J (6-3, 3-1) went 2-1 in three ORLC matches last week, defeating Chatham (17-5) and Franklin (15-0) before falling to Transylvania (10-7) ... Saturday’s shutout of Franklin was W&J's first since blanking Defiance in 2015 ... Three different players had 10 or more points last week while four players scored at least five goals.
Westminster (3-5, 3-2) went 1-1 last week, defeating conference foe Thiel 9-6 last Thursday before losing to ORLC rival Mount St. Joseph 13-11 Saturday ... Sophomore attack Bria Braddock (Beaver Falls, Pa. | Blackhawk) totaled five goals and 18 ground balls ... She had a career-high nine caused turnovers against MSJ ... Junior defender Emily D'Amico (Moon Township, Pa. | Moon) tallied four goals and four ground balls, while senior attack Sarah Nutter (Pittsburgh, Pa. | North Hills) recorded three goals and a pair of assists ... The Titans scored an 18-0 shutout win at Waynesburg Tuesday evening ... D'Amico and sophomore attack Romie Schweickert (Hiram, Ohio | Crestwood) each scored a match-high five goals ... The five goals were a career high for Schweickert.
ORLC Players of the Week ...
Saint Vincent senior midfielder Maggie Nelson (Jefferson, Md. | Saint John's Catholic Prep.) recorded 22 goals and five assists last week to guide Saint Vincent to road wins over Waynesburg and Earlham. Nelson recorded 11 goals in each match, establishing a new single-match program high. The senior added seven ground balls and four draw controls in the two ORLC wins. Nelson has tallied an ORLC-best 68 goals and 84 points so far this season.
Transylvania junior midfielder Emma Oliver (Louisville, Ky. | Ballard) continued her strong season while helping the ORLC-leading Pioneers to a pair of clutch victories last week. She scored three goals, recorded an assist, scooped seven ground balls, caused four turnovers and earned a draw control in last Wednesday’s 18-3 win over Hanover at Pat Deacon Stadium. In Sunday’s 10-7 home win over W&J, the junior scored one goal, grabbed five ground balls, caused three turnovers and tallied five draw controls. Oliver, currently third in the ORLC in points (45), ranks second in ground balls (43) and is fourth in both caused turnovers (19) and draw controls (43).
In other ORLC news …
W&J was selected as this year's favorite in the ORLC women's preseason coaches' poll, which was voted on by the league's head coaches. The results of the preseason coaches' poll were unveiled along with the league's players to watch list on Feb. 9 ... The Presidents, led by fifth-year head coach Alison Valerio, received six of a possible 12 first-place votes and 137 total points ... W&J has claimed the last two ORLC Championship Tournament titles.
The ORLC features two new programs this season: Chatham University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) ... Chatham is led by Alyssa Batty while Molly Macdonald leads Earlham ... New head coaches in the ORLC also include Paige Apel at Mount St. Joseph and Gennaro Bonaventura at Waynesburg.
ORLC to receive bid to NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ...
For the second 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 6 with first round games scheduled for Saturday, May 12.