By: Andrew Korba
The 2016 Hiram College women's lacrosse season saw numerous records fall. Under first-year head coach Brianne Dishong, the Terriers broke seven team records. In addition, Hiram also broke a handful of single-game and individual records along the way.
The Terriers posted a 4-13 overall record in 2016. The season saw the program's first three-game winning streak and first 20 goal game.
The campaign opened with a 16-10 home loss to Muskingum. Hiram would also drop its next two contests at Lycoming (Pa.) and Washington & Jefferson (Pa.). In the loss at W&J, junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union) became the program's all-time leading scorer.
The Terriers would respond with three straight wins. Hiram posted a dominant 19-5 home victory over Olivet (Mich.) on March 16. The Terriers followed that with a 10-8 win over Wilmingtion and a thrilling 13-12 win at Thiel (Pa.), thanks to a late goal from sophomore Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls).
The Terriers would then drop five consecutive games, including their NCAC opener to Wooster.
On April 17, Hiram held the "Battle for Britt", where the Terriers honored Britt Host, a fan who is battling cancer. Hiram played inspired and rolled to a 23-12 win over Hilbert (N.Y.). The 23 goals set a new single-game program record.
The Terriers would end the season by falling in their final five contests.
As a team, Hiram set team single-season records in shots (331), free position shots (106), goals (138), assists (21), draw controls (185) and defensive clears (181).
Individually, Osgood put together a record breaking season, earning Honorable Mention All-NCAC honors for the second straight season. Osgood set the single-season program record in shots (88), goals (48), assists (8), points (56) and draw controls (60). In addition, Osgood also set a single-game program record with an eight goal performance against Hilbert. Heading into her final season, Osgood is currently the ptogram's all-time leader in shots (171), goals (89), assists (14), points (103), draw controls (92) and free position goals (25).
Ray put together a solid sophomore campaign, scoring 31 goals and dishing out two assists, which are both career-bests. She also posted a career-high 37 draw controls.
Sophomore Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) enjoyed a nice second season. She scored 18 goals, 13 of which came on free position shots. She also scooped up a career-high 26 ground balls.
Sophomore transfer Katelyn Slomovitz (Kent, Ohio/Roosevelt) and junior Kayla Jenkins (Solon, Ohio/Solon) also registered double digit goals. Slomovitz tallied 15 scores during the season, including a six goal effort in the win over Hilbert. Jenkins scored 12 times and also added a career-best three assists.
With a strong core returning, Hiram will look to build off of the momentum created in the 2016 season into next year and beyond.