March 29 – STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Despite a record-setting performance from freshman Hunter Jenkins, as well as erasing a five-goal deficit in the fourth quarter, the Hiram College men's lacrosse team dropped a 17-16, overtime, decision to Franciscan University on Wednesday afternoon.
Jenkins posted seven goals and added three assists, breaking both the Hiram College single-game goals and points records. His seven markers in the game shattered the previous high of six, while his point total (10) broke the previous high of eight held by Nick Rollason against Franciscan in 2016.
Trailing 15-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Terriers made a major push, going on a 6-0 scoring run to take a 16-15 advantage with 4:55 to play in regulation. Five different Terriers scored in the quarter, led by a pair from Jenkins.
Jenkins then assisted on the next two goals, finding Rollason at the 7:08 mark for the game-tying score, and then setting up Tim Stucky with 4:55 to play to give Hiram the one-goal advantage, 16-15.
The Terriers held the Barons at bay until Joe Lomady knotted the game with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Franciscan would then go on to win the game in the overtime frame, 17-16.
Franciscan held the advantage throughout the contest, holding a 6-4 lead after one quarter and taking an 11-8 advantage into the half. Additionally, the Barons outscored the Terriers 4-2 in the third quarter to run out to the five-goal lead before Hiram made their move.
Along with Jenkins' record-setting day, Evan Pinney recorded career highs in both goals and points. The junior tallied four scores on the day while also posting a pair of assists for six total points.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, April 1 as they travel to Delaware, Ohio to take on the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University. The North Coast Athletic Conference matchup is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.