ALFRED, N.Y. – The Hiram College men's lacrosse team sputtered down the stretch against Alfred University, falling to the Saxons 7-6 on Wednesday night.
The Terriers held a 6-3 lead with 9:12 remaining in the third quarter, but were held scoreless over the final 24:12 as Alfred came back to steal the game.
Hiram led 2-1 after one quarter as Nick Rollason got the scoring going for the Terriers. Hiram's all-time leading scorer broke open the scoring column with a goal just 1:30 in off an assist from Evan Pinney. He then found the back of the net five minutes later to give the Terriers a 2-0 advantage.
The Saxons came back with a tally at the 7:40 mark of the frame before both squads went on a scoring drought.
It took just over 17 minutes of game time before either side found the back of the net. It was once again Rollason answering the call, notching a goal off an assist from Tim Stucky with 3:38 remaining in the half to push Hiram up 3-1. Alfred would answer two minutes later to pull the hosts within one at the break.
The five combined goals at halftime were the fewest between the Terriers and their opponent at the break this season.
Hiram forged ahead in the third, outscoring Alfred 3-1 to take a three-goal advantage heading into the final frame.
Tim Stucky found the net on an unassisted goal before Alfred answered back again with 12:11 remaining in the quarter.
Just 12 seconds after the Saxon goal, sophomore Horace Johnson came up with a ground ball off the faceoff and took it in on net for his first-career tally. Hiram then scored in a man-down situation, with Rollason finding Stucky for the sophomore's second goal of the night. When the dust settled, Hiram held a 6-3 lead.
Despite facing 11 Alfred shots in the third quarter, sophomore Liam Osborne allowed just one goal to keep the Terriers with the advantage. He finished the day with 10.
In the fourth quarter, The Saxons managed just seven shots, but placed four in the back of the net while holding Hiram scoreless for the entirety of the fourth quarter.
Alfred State tied the game at 6-6 with 3:50 remaining in regulation before taking the lead with 2:02 to play.
Hiram had one final chance with 1:18 to play in regulation, but a Terrier turnover put an end to the scoring opportunity and Alfred ran out the clock to preserve the comeback win.
Offensively, Rollason led the Terrier attack with three goals and four total points. His three goals gave him 99 career tallies, putting him just one away of becoming the school's first ever 100-goal scorer.
Other offensive leaders for Hiram included Stucky, Johnson and Pinney. Stucky posted three points, including two goals and an assist, while Johnson and Pinney finished with one point, each.
The Terriers will get back to work on Saturday, April 14 as they travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a date with DePauw University. The matchup is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.