SPRINGFIELD, OHIO -- Freshman Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) scored a pair of goals, but the Hiram College men's lacrosse team came out on the losing end of a 22-4 decision against Wittenberg University in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Springfield.
Wittenberg (6-3, 1-2 NCAC) scored seven goals to begin the first quarter with the last one coming with 4:50 left to play. Hiram (1-7, 1-2 NCAC) got on the board with 2:43 left in the period when freshman Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary's) scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season on a man-up advantage to make the score 7-1. The Tigers found the back of the net one more time just before the end of the period to lead 8-1 after the first stanza.
In the second quarter, Wittenberg tallied nine goals to extend the lead to 17-1. Hiram scored its lone goal of the period with 44 seconds remaining when Lekan posted his first score of the game, with an assist from senior Caleb Capron (Salem/West Branch), on a man-up advantage, but the Terriers would trail 17-2 at the break.
Wittenberg continued to pull away in the third quarter scoring the only points of the period with three scores to make it a 20-2 ballgame heading into the final 15 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored the period's first two goals, but Hiram recorded the final two scores of the game with an unassisted goal by freshman Thomas Kuczma (Brunswick) and another score by Lekan. Wittenberg went on to win by the final of 22-4.
Hiram totaled 17 shots, including 10 shots on goal, and was led in scoring by Lekan with his pair of goals. Kuczma and Summers both scored a goal and Capron rounded out the point scorers with an assist.
In goal, freshman Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) played the entire game and made 10 saves in 32 shots faced.
Hiram will host the College of Wooster in a NCAC game on Wednesday, Apr. 10 at Charles A. Henry Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.