HIRAM, Ohio – Despite battling white-out conditions for the second-straight home game, the Terrier men's lacrosse team took care of business on Tuesday afternoon, blowing past Houghton, 18-7 behind record-setting performances from sophomore Tim Stucky and senior Nick Rollason.
With the victory, Hiram has now set a program record for wins in a season, while rattling off their fourth-straight triumph. Not only are the Terriers winning, but they are doing so by outscoring their opponents 62-26 over their last four outings.
Additionally, the Hiram record books continue to be re-written as the Terriers shattered previous bests for the third-consecutive game. Against Franciscan University it was team goals (19). Hunter Jenkins then followed that by breaking the assist mark against Mount St. Joseph, while the Terriers tied a program best for opponents' scoring.
Today, it was Stucky's turn, as the Terrier sophomore lit up the scoreboard for a school record eight goals. He broke the previous mark of seven which was held by both Jenkins and Rollason.
Two games removed from tying the goals mark, Rollason set his sight on a different prize, shattering the single-game assists record with six helpers. That broke the previous record of five, which Jenkins just set three days prior. Along with the assist record, Rollason became the program's all-time leader in points, surpassing Greg Summers' mark of 109. After the eight-point day, the four-year letterwinner now has 115 career points.
The two records nearly went hand-in-hand, as Rollason assisted on four of Stucky's goals throughout the game.
Not only did the offense shine, tallying double-digit goals for the fifth-straight game this season, but the defense also did their part yet again, causing 14 turnovers while holding the Highlanders to seven scores.
The first quarter saw nearly no scoring at all, as the opening ten minutes flew quietly by, before Stucky broke the scoreless tie with his first from Rollason.
Houghton would respond with under a minute to play in the quarter as Nathan Anderson knotted the game at 1-1 before quarter's end.
The Terriers came back strong in the second, outscoring Houghton 5-2 in the frame. Jenkins, Rollason and Evan Pinney joined Stucky in the scoring column, before a man-up goal by the Highlanders made the score 4-3.
Hiram then ended the half with a pair of goals thanks to two assists by Pinney. The sophomore first found Stucky for his second goal of the night, before connecting with Jenkins for his second. Hiram would go into the half with a 6-3 advantage.
The dominance in the second half would grow, with the Terriers outscoring Houghton 12-4 through the remainder of the game.
Outscoring the Highlanders 5-1 in the third quarter, Hiram opened the half on a three-goal swing, including what was, perhaps, the nail in the coffin.
Facing a two-man advantage, the Hiram defense, led by sophomore Horace Johnson, forced a Highlander turnover to keep Houghton off the board.
After forcing the turnover, Johnson started his own fast break, finding Stucky for the breakaway goal and earning his first career assist. The tally gave Hiram an 8-3 lead.
Stucky would add two more goals in the third, while freshman Jonathan Burrell found his way into the scoring column for the first time in his career at the 3:12 mark of the third.
The leading goal scorer for the Terriers a season ago, Stucky continued his dominance in the fourth, adding three more goals as Hiram posted seven in the final frame. Overall, Stucky scored six of Hiram's 12 goals in the closing half.
His final marker of the day off an assist from Justin Dionne came with 2:50 to play in regulation, giving the sophomore the new record.
Offensively, Stucky finished the game with nine points, on shy of Jenkins' single-game record of 10. Rollason finished with eight, including a pair of goals to go along with six assists. He continues to lead the team in goals with 22 on the year.
Jenkins turned in a six-point day, tallying four goals and a pair of assists, while Pinney and Dionne each had multi-point days.
Defensively, Hiram stayed hot and are now holding their opponents to just 6.5 goals per game over their four game winning streak. The Terriers forced 14 turnovers, led by five from Johnson. The sophomore currently has 15 on the season, and stands just one shy of Hiram's single-season record.
Making his first start of the season, sophomore Liam Osborne was solid between the pipes, making 10 saves en route to his first victory.
Looking to stay hot, Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, March 17, as they open North Coast Athletic Conference action at Wittenberg. The matchup with the Tigers is slated for 1 p.m.