April 4 – WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Hiram College women's lacrosse team broke the 20-goal plateau for the third time this season as the Terriers defeated Waynesburg University, 20-7, on Tuesday evening in Waynesburg.
With the win, the Terriers (5-3) not only continued their best start in program history, but also tied the program standard for wins in a season with nine games still remaining on the 2017 schedule.
Hiram used a dominant first half to pull away from the host Yellow Jackets early, outscoring Waynesburg 12-2 through the first 30 minutes. The Terriers tallied the first two goals of the game as junior Sierah Ray posted two quick points.
Ray notched the first goal of the game just 2:28 into the opening half, before assisting on a goal by Katelyn Slomovitz to give Hiram a 2-0 advantage.
After Waynesburg cut the lead in half thanks to a goal from Holly Bachman, Hiram embarked on a pair of 5-0 runs.
Ray fueled the first run, totaling three more goals to give her four, total, through the first 20 minutes. She was joined by unassisted goals from Autumn Osgood and Kayla Jenkins to give Hiram a 7-1 lead.
Following another goal from Waynesburg, Hiram stepped on the gas pedal again in the final eight minutes. Slomovitz finished the first half with her second hat trick of the season, scoring two of the final five tallies of the frame as Hiram went into the break with a 10-goal advantage.
The Terriers also won the second half, outscoring Waynesburg 8-5 en route to the 20-7 victory.
With their goal totals, Hirsch tallied her second hat trick of the season, while Jenkins set a new season-high with four scores on the day.
Ray's seven markers tied a career-high, matching her output from Hiram's victory over Heidelberg earlier in the season. Her numbers marked her fifth multi-goal game and she has now scored at least six goals, three times on the year. In addition, she is now just three goals shy of tying her career high of 31 for the year.
The Terriers dominated the pace of play throughout the contest, outshooting the Yellow Jackets, 38-21 in the matchup.
Hiram also continued to fare well in draw controls, holding a 21-8 edge in that category. Ray once again proved to be the key, coming just one shy of her own Terrier record with 13 controls throughout the game.
The Terriers will look to set a new program standard on Thursday, April 6, when they play host to the Barons of Franciscan University. The non-conference matchup at Charles A. Henry Field is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.