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Transylvania lacrosse looks to build on last year's inaugural season

Transylvania lacrosse coach Haley Marvine and her squad look to add more wins in the upcoming season, after a successful inaugural season in 2013.


The Pioneers posted a notable 5-6 record in their first season, including an impressive 16-2 victory over Wilmington in the program’s first game. Transylvania later rolled in a 20-1 win over Franklin College in its final game of the 2013 season and looks to carry the momentum into the 2014 season.


“I expect that we will improve off of the foundation we laid last year, by have a winning season,” Marvine said. This season looks promising as the Marvine’s young team returns experience, while adding newcomers which can contribute immediately.


Transylvania returns its leading scorers, as they prepare for the second season of the women’s lacrosse program. Sophomores Aubrey Bausum and Sky Spraker led the Pioneers in 2013, netting 95 of the 138 Pioneer goals.


“We will look to them to continue to work well together, improve on their performances from last year and integrate our new players into the attack,” Marvine said.


The Pioneers also return sophomore Lucy Meredith who added 11 goals with a team-high four assists. Sophomore Rachel Harrison returns for the 2014 season, adding 19 goals with two assists in 2013.


Another key for the Pioneers in 2014 is sophomore goalie Lydia Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy posted a 4-6 record with 95 saves in her freshman season.


“She had an amazing freshmen season but we will be counting on her to have an even better season as a sophomore,” Marvine said.


Transylvania welcomes several newcomers, including freshman Natalie Hendrix. Hendrix, a Louisville, Ky. native, earned US Lacrosse High School All-American honors in her senior season at Ballard High School before arriving to Lexington.


“She’s very good at finding her way to the cage,” Marvine said. “And this fall she worked really well with Spraker and Meredith. I am excited to see that group work together in games this spring.”


The Pioneers add Molly Kruse and Taylor Bussell, both sophomores, to the roster in 2014. Kruse joins the Pioneers after a season at Division II Tiffin University, while Bussell joins the program after a season at the University of Pikeville. Marvine said she expects her newcomers to contribute early.


“I project all three to make an immediate impact, we were already able to see that this fall,” Marvine said.


According to Marvine, leadership will be key for her team in the new season. “We have a young team and young captains,” Marvine said.


“The three of them are extremely focused and determined to achieve their goals this season and our hope is that their attitudes are contagious to the other women on the team.”


The Pioneers open their season March 6, as they host Tennessee Wesleyan College at the new Transylvania University Athletics Complex. Thursday’s game is the first of nine home games for the Pioneers in 2014.


“We are playing some higher caliber teams which will provide a great opportunity for us as a team to raise our level of play,” Marvine said.


From Transylvania Athletics.

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