Men's Lacrosse Gets Defensive to Post Third-Straight Victory

Men's Lacrosse Gets Defensive to Post Third-Straight Victory

CINCINNATI, Ohio – More records fell as the Hiram College men's lacrosse team posted their third-straight victory, a 13-4 win over Mount St. Joseph College on Saturday.

In their previous matchup, the offense took center stage. This time it was sophomore Hunter Jenkins, as well as the Terrier defense that shined in today's victory.  

The Terriers used an avalanche of shots in the opening half, outshooting the Lions 29-7 to take an 8-3 lead at the halftime break.

Hiram posted the first eight goals of the contest, with Evan Pinney tallying the first two of the game. He posted his first off an assist by Justin Dionne at the 12:42 mark of the first half.

Pinney then tallied his second on an assist by Jenkins, before Jarret Walland posted his third goal of the season to push the lead to 3-0.

Tim Stucky was the next goal scorer for Hiram, posting his first of the game with 1:04 to play, giving the Terriers a 4-0 lead at the end of one.

After posting his first on an assist by Jenkins, Stucky then found the back of the net off a pass from Dionne, pushing the lead to 5-0 on the man-advantage tally.

Hiram would add three more markers, including the third of the game by Stucky. Jenkins and Jonah Austin also got into the scoring column to finish the eight-goal run.

Mount St. Joseph responded in the final two minutes, getting three-straight goals to shrink the Terrier advantage to five at the half.

Like the first two quarters, Hiram controlled the third as well. Outshooting the Lions 11-5, the Terriers posted five markers in the third quarter, led by three from leading scorer Nick Rollason. The senior posted back-to-back goals to open the second half. Following another goal from Stucky, which was assisted by Jenkins, Rollason posted his third.

Jenkins then scored on his own in the third, staking the Terriers to the nine-goal lead after 45 minutes of action. The sophomore tallied three points in the third quarter, including a pair of assists, to break Hiram's single-game assists record of four, previously held by both Dionne and former Terrier Caleb Capron.

Jenkins now holds all three of the major single-game offensive records for the Terriers. Last season he set the single-game goal (7) and point (10) records against Franciscan.

In the final frame, Hiram held Mount St. Joseph scoreless, running out the clock, and holding at the 13-4 differential.

The four goals given up by the Terriers ties a program best, matching the 2014 squad that held Franciscan to four goals in an 8-4 victory. Additionally, the game marked the third-consecutive in which the Terriers have held their opponent to single-digit scoring.  

The Hiram defense surrendered just eight shots on goal throughout the entirety of the game, while forcing Mount Saint Joseph into 25 turnovers. Hiram was credited with 14 causes, including a career-high five from sophomore Horace Johnson.

In a full display of dominance, the Terriers also controlled the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 21, while also holding a 34-19 advantage in ground balls.

Hiram will get back to work on Tuesday, March 13, as they play host to the Highlanders of Houghton College. The game at Henry Field is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.