By: Abbey Lipcsik
CININNATTI, Ohio – Due to strong play in the third quarter, the Hiram College men's lacrosse team defeated the Mount Saint Joseph Lions by a final score of 10-8 on Saturday.
At the half, the score was tied 3-3. However, by the end of the third period, the Terriers took a 7-5 lead. Hunter Jenkins and Tim Stucky split the scoring, while Justin Dionne recorded two assists. Nick Rollason also added an assist.
The opening quarter belonged to Mount Saint Joseph. Despite the Terriers outshooting the Lions 10-5, Mt. St. Joseph managed to score two goals, while Hiram remained scoreless.
The Terriers came back in the second quarter. Hiram got on the board at the 11:20 mark when Jenkins connected with Rollason, who shot the ball past the Mt. St. Joseph goalie to give the Terriers their first goal of the match (2-1).
After a second goal by Mt. St. Joseph's Kevin McClanahan, Hiram continued to chip away at the Lion lead. With 6:51 remaining until halftime, Jenkins buried a shot to take the Terriers back to within one of the Lions (3-2). Less than two minutes later, Dionne tacked on another goal to tie the score (3-3). Jenkins was awarded with the assist.
Hiram had opportunities to take the lead in the remaining minutes of the quarter, outshooting Mt. St. Joseph 6-1. However, the Terriers were unable to convert and the score remained tied going into halftime.
The third quarter was the difference. After another goal by the Lions, reigning North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Week Tim Stucky tallied his first goal of the match, thanks to some help from Rollason. Jenkins then added to the cause, registering his second goal of the game to give Hiram the lead with 11:56 left in the period (5-4). Dionne was given the assist.
The Lions were quick to answer back. 45 seconds later, John Ewing notched a goal for Mt. St. Joseph to once again tie the match (5-5).
Despite the goal, the Terriers continued to hold on to their momentum. Jenkins recorded his third goal of the match at the 10:26 mark to give the lead back to Hiram (6-5). About five minutes later, Dionne fed the ball to Stucky, who then tacked on his second goal of the match to increase the Terrier lead to two (7-5).
Shots were taken on both sides of the field, but the score remained 7-5 going into the final quarter.
Stucky wasted no time at the start of the quarter, tallying his third goal of the match to give Hiram their largest lead of the match (8-5) with 13:24 left in the final period.
The Lions attempted to execute last-minute scoring efforts in the remaining ten minutes. Ewing added a goal to the Mt. St. Joseph score, but Rollason quickly answered back with a goal of his own, which was the result of an assist from Dionne (9-6).
Mt. St. Joseph managed to chip away at the Hiram lead to come back to within one with 4:21 remaining. However, a goal by Ben Neill sealed the deal for Hiram and the Terriers took home the victory.
Jenkins and Stucky led the Terrier offense. Both scored three goals on the day, with two of Jenkins's goals causing two lead changes. Rollason also added a pair of goals.
Dionne was also a key contributor, tallying three assists on the day. He also notched one goal.
The Terriers will next head home to host the Wittenberg Tigers in their conference opener at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.