Feb.23-PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Despite holding an early, 4-1, advantage, the Hiram College men's lacrosse team fell 16-11 in their season opener against Chatham, Saturday afternoon.
Hiram was the first to get on the board when sophomore Jaret Walland knocked down his lone goal of the night in the first five minutes of play.
The Terriers dominated the opening 17 minutes, allowing just one goal to a Cougar squad that scored 20 in their previous outing.
Following a Chatham goal (1-1), the Terriers went on a three-point run with sophomore Hunter Jenkins netting a goal off an assist by senior Justin Dionne. Senior Nick Rollason closed out the first quarter with back-to-back goals, sending the Terriers into the second frame leading by three (4-1).
In the second quarter, the momentum began to shift and the Cougars went on a 5-0 run heading into halftime (6-4).
In the remaining minutes, Chatham outscored the Terriers 10-7. The Cougars extended their lead to as much as nine before sophomore Tim Stucky and senior Evan Pinney tallied their first goals of the night (14-6).
Entering the last quarter down by eight, Hiram made one last push with Rollason registering another set of back-to-back tallies to shrink the deficit down to 14-8. Inside the six-minute mark, the Terriers put together a 3-1 advantage, with Stucky adding two of his three goals, and Jenkins adding his second of the game. The last-minute push was not enough with the Cougars securing the 16-11 victory.
Hiram was offensively led by Rollason who tallied four of the Terriers' 11 goals. Stucky had three goals, Jenkins finished with two, while Pinney and Walland totaled one, each.
Defensively, Hiram showed balanced with six players recording at least two groundballs.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, February 28, as they open their home schedule with a non-conference matchup against Muskingum. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.