The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The entire men’s lacrosse team earns the “Pioneer Performance” this week, as they defeated Elmhurst College 14-4 at home on Friday. That was the team’s last home game of their inaugural season, and they finished at an undefeated 6-0 (currently 7-4 overall). With three games left on the season, the Pioneers need one more win to finish over .500 in their first season, and their next game comes Wednesday at rival Centre College.

Matchup of the Week: Sitting at 9-9 on the season, and 3-3 in HCAC play, the baseball Pioneers will look to improve their record when they host conference opponent Hanover College this Tuesday. This game comes after a tough double-header at Manchester University, where the Pioneers dropped both games. With three out of the last four Pioneer losses coming by only one run, look for Transy to improve their luck on Tuesday.

Player to Watch: After being named HCAC Golfer of the Week for the week ending on March 18th, look for Jantzen Latham to lead the Pioneers as they compete in the Emory Invitational on Monday. This comes after Transylvania Golf was named 12th in the newest Golf World/ Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, up four spots from the last poll.


The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s award is a bit unorthodox but nonetheless impressive; Transylvania had four student athletes named to the HCAC All-Academic Team for the Winter 2012 semester, which requires a 3.5 GPA or above. The four chosen were Kayla Dobson (Basketball), Elizabeth Hardt (Track and Field), Lydia Lissanu (Women’s Swimming), and Ben Lyvers (Track and Field). Congratulations go to the Pioneers who perform both on and off the field.

Matchup of the Week: This Tuesday at 4 p.m. the men’s tennis tream travels to Centre College, while the women’s team will host the Colonels at Transy in the only matchup against Centre for both teams this season. After a win over Franklin College on Saturday, the 3-4 men’s team will have a chance to bring themselves up to .500 against their rivals, while the women’s team can pull back above .500 after a rough spring break road trip.

Player to Watch: Early into their inaugural season, the women’s lacrosse team will travel to Danville on Wednesday for their first rivalry game against the Centre Colonels. Five games into the season, Freshman Aubrey Bausum is leading the Pioneers offensively, averaging seven goals per game. Look for this trend to continue on Wednesday at 6 p.m. if the Pioneers are to keep from falling to an even 3-3 on the season.

PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams claimed the first wins of their respective program histories during this past week. On Wednesday, the men bettered Alma College 7-6 at home (at Bryan Station) and went on to a two game win streak when they topped Beloit 10-9 Sunday, bringing them to 2-2 on the season. The women’s team played the first game of their program’s history at Wilmington College in Ohio and won a resounding victory 16-2.

Matchup of the Week: This Thursday at 4pm both the men and women’s tennis teams will square off against rival Centre College. The Pioneer women will be travelling to Danville for the matchup but the men will remain at home to take on the Colonels. Both teams remain winless early on in their seasons, and need to capitalize on this opportunity to claim a win over Centre to gain some valuable momentum.

Player to Watch: Currently 2-1 on the season, the Baseball Pioneers will head to Centre College to face the Colonels at 6pm on Tuesday. Junior Catcher Sam Liggett leads the team in both batting average and slugging percentage three games into the team’s young season, and his continued efforts will be essential if the Pioneers hope to remain above .500 on Tuesday by topping the Colonels.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The Transylvania Equestrian team had arguably their best showing of the year over the past weekend at the Hunt/Seat event hosted by UK at Lakeside Arena in Lexington. Specifically, Kate Hindman and Ashley Montgomery performed exceptionally, with Hindman competing in Intermediate Fence and Open Flat (finishing fourth and fifth respectively) and Montgomery placing first in her class in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

Matchup of the Week: The baseball Pioneers look to bounce back from their loss to Birmingham as they travel to rival Centre on Wednesday night at 5:30pm. A pair of juniors (Sam Liggett and Zach Bynum) have jumped out to lead the team offensively early in the season, and look to continue the trend against the 2-3 Colonels.

Player to Watch: The Pioneers lacrosse squad will look for their first win of the season against Alma College, here in Lexington at Bryan Station High School. Clay Douthat leads the team in both goals (with three in two games) and shots on goal and the Pioneers will need his contribution to continue as they look for the victory this Wednesday at 4 p.m.

At a Lacrosse Road: New sport brings new culture

by Cory Collins

A young Terry Justice didn’t go looking for lacrosse. It just kind of hit him.

On a field at the Lexington School, he saw it. A group of guys, a flurry of movement, sticks and bodies crashing. It drew him in. He played.

And someone knocked him on his back. In that moment, he knew it; he loved this sport.

“That’s the day I got hit with the bug,” Justice said.

The rest is history. In 1979, he started the University of Kentucky Lacrosse Club when no one else was playing in the state. Then the sport grew, and he grew with it. He’d go on to win three state championships coaching at the Lexington School. From 2004-2011, he led Lexington Catholic’s program to new heights. Everywhere he journeyed, doubts were silenced, expectations were shattered.

Coach Justice faces those same doubts at Transylvania. He leads a team in its infant stage; the face of a sport still surrounded by questions. But he isn’t worried. He’s done this all his life.

“I’m one of those guys that always has high expectations,” Justice said.

And he lives up to them.

The Athletic Director at the Lexington School said he’d get throttled by out-of-state and established programs. They went 8-3 in their first season. At Lexington Catholic, his team made the playoffs in his first year – the championship by his third. Success is not something he waits on.

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Slone stops balls, nothing stops Slone

by Cory Collins

First-year Joshua Slone never had time to combat the lax-bro stereotype. He was too busy combating his own body.

His freshman year of high school, he started losing weight. Food wouldn’t stay down. He was weak. A trip to the hospital. An emergency surgery. Whispers of a cyst in his back.

The surgery failed.

So they tried again. They discovered a pancreas so swollen it was blocking his stomach; his small intestines were destroyed.

He’d eventually be diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis – an infliction plaguing his family’s history. For two to three years, he’d fight weakness, constant nausea and immense pain.

But he never stopped playing lacrosse. Read more of this post

LAX ready to face off in inaugural season

Abby Ferguson

Sports Editor

In May 2011 Transylvania added men’s and women’s lacrosse to its intercollegiate sports program. Since then, the coaches have been hard at work preparing for the inaugural season.

“It is very exciting to ‘pioneer’ lacrosse at Transylvania,” said men’s head coach Terry Justice. “With the impending construction of our new Transylvania sports complex, we have the opportunity to really spotlight and separate our university.”

Both Justice and Haley Marvine, the women’s head coach, have been hard on the recruiting trail trying to find the best student-athletes around.

“My recruiting process started in September when I was hired at Transy. From there I have been traveling to tournaments and high school games to look for players who can come in and be a part of our growing team,” said Marvine. “I’ve really focused on getting some talented athletes on campus that I am confident will bring a lot to this university.”

Although the recruiting trail is a long one, there have been some memorable moments along the way.

“The fun part is meeting so many people from different geographical regions that have a common bond, … the love of lacrosse,” said Justice.

The recruiting process has given the coaches a unique opportunity to accomplish something every Transy coach aims to do for his or her sport, which is, according to Justice, “successfully getting the Transylvania University name out there in the lacrosse community.”

The teams will face adversity in their first year, but that will not impede them from taking the lacrosse community by storm.

“No matter who we play next year, on paper, our team will always be the underdog. I think that’s what really excites me the most; I have no doubt that we are going to shock a lot of people in the lacrosse community next year,” said Marvine.

Even though the coaches have been traveling and looking at recruits, they also want to see what current students can bring to the team.

First-year Jariana Gillespie, left; junior Caroline Mrowiec, right; and first-year Alex McKenzie,bottom, have been participating in practices for the women’s lacrosse team.

“I am interested in finding out if there are current Transylvania students that played in high school or are athletic and interested in trying out for our lacrosse team,” said Justice. “I would like to work with Transy students during May term, and I have some extra sticks!”

On the women’s side, six current students have committed to play next year, and others have expressed interest.

“The girls I am working with now are going four times a week. They are doing awesome! The girls are all extremely athletic and have tremendous potential,” said Marvine. “The best part is they are willing to put the work in. You don’t find that every day, but these girls are truly special.”

“We are going to field a team of student-athletes that will play hard, be competitive and make our students and university proud,” Justice said.

“I would like everyone at Transy to know that you are going to want to come and watch these games next year. I can promise you one thing — that our team will give you a show. We are going to be fun to watch,” said Marvine. ”Not just that, but this is your chance to witness Transylvania athletics history.”

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