Men's Lacrosse Falls Short of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, OHIO  --  All-North Coast Athletic Conference sophomore Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary's) scored a team-high four goals, but the Hiram College men's lacrosse team would fall, 12-8, to Wilmington College in a non-conference matchup in Wilmington.

Hiram (2-6) scored two goals in the first quarter with freshman Douglas Legris (Fairfax, Verm./Bellows Free Academy) giving the Terriers the early lead with an unassisted goal at the 12:53 minute mark.  Wilmington (4-4) evened the score with a goal just under the five-and-a-half minute mark, but Summers would give Hiram the lead back to end the scoring in the period with 4:08 remaining.  Legris would be credited with an assist on the Summers' goal.

Wilmington looked to take control in the second scoring six unanswered goals to make it a 7-2 game.  Summers again tallied the final score of the period, this time with an unassisted marker to cut the deficit to 7-3 at the intermission.

Summers began the second half with the first goal of the third period to edge Hiram even closer, 7-4.  At the 9:26 mark, Hiram struck again when sophomore John Deegan (Lakewood/St. Edward) found the back of the net, with a helper from fellow sophomore Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name), on a man-advantage.  Wilmington answered one of the Hiram goals with a goal of its own to close out the quarter and extend the margin to 8-5 heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, the two teams combined for seven goals with Hiram scoring two of the first three, including Summers' fourth goal of the game with 8:03 to go.  Freshman Charlie Haley (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was credited with the assist.  The Terriers other goal was scored by Legis on a man-up opportunity, but Hiram would still trail, 9-7, as the two Hiram goals was seperated by a Wilmington score.  The Quakers put the game away with three consecutive goals including their last score with under a minute to go.  Lekan recorded the final point of the game for Hiram on an unassisted effort, but the Wilmington lead would be enough as the Quakers went on to the 12-8 final.

Summers led all Hiram scorers with four goals for four points.  Legris was second with three overall points, scoring a pair of goals and an assist.  He was followed by Lekan with a goal and an assist for two points and Haley rounded out the point scorers with an assist.

In net, sophomore Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) played the entire game and made 16 saves in 28 shots faced.  He is now 2-6 overall for the season with the loss.

Hiram is scheduled to host Wittenberg University in a NCAC game at Charles A. Henry Field on Saturday, Apr. 5.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.