By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College men's lacrosse erased a five goal deficit, but it was not enough as the Terriers fell to Muskingum by a 12-10 score on Wednesday.
The Terriers are now 0-4 on the season, while the Fighting Muskies stand at 2-2.
Hiram trailed 7-2 and 8-3 in the second quarter, but battled all the way back to tie the game at 9-9 early in the fourth quarter.
Senior Garet Johnston (Kent, Ohio/Wooster), senior Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary's), sophomore Justin Dionne (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) and sophomore Nick Rollason (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) all scored two times for the Terriers.
Junior Chris Lekan (North Olmsted, Ohio/Holy Name), Dionne and Rollason each added two assists.
The teams played an even first quarter and found themselves knotted at 2-2 after the period. Summers scored on a man-up opportunity at the 10:10 mark and Rollason scored with 49 seconds left in the frame to tie the score.
Muskingum reeled off five straight goals, before Dionne put an end to the run with an unassisted score at the 4:34 mark.
The Fighting Muskies answered with a goal, but Rollason scored with just over a minute left in the first half to bring Hiram within 8-4 at the break.
The Terriers scored the first two goals of the third quarter, with Lekan and Dionne scoring 1:30 apart to trim the Muskingum lead to 8-6.
After a Fighting Muskie goal, Dionne scored his second goal of the night on a man-up opportunity to make the score 9-7 in favor of Muskingum after three periods.
Hiram continued the comeback in the fourth, notching the first two scores of the session. Summers scored just five seconds into the period and Dionne found Johnston at the 13:03 mark for the tying goal.
Muskingum took the lead back at the 9:51 mark, but sophomore Jonah Austin (Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh) had a response just 19 seconds later, to tie the score at 10-10.
Muskingum would finish the game strong and got goals with 6:41 and 4:01 remaining to close out the victory.
Senior goalie Sawyer Lott (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) made eight saves in goal.
Junior Charley Haley (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was a force for Hiram, winning a program record 20-of-26 faceoffs on the evening.
The Fighting Muskies held slim advantages in shots (38-35) and ground balls (35-32).
Hiram will look to rebound on Saturday, March 19, as it opens NCAC play with a 1 p.m. contest at Wittenberg.