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Second-Half Struggles Doom Men's Lacrosse at Oberlin

Second-Half Struggles Doom Men's Lacrosse at Oberlin

Despite holding a 4-3 advantage at the halftime break, the Terrier men's lacrosse team dropped a 16-8 decision at Oberlin College on Tuesday evening. 

The first half was a defensive struggle, with the two sides combining for just seven goals. 

After Oberlin tallied the first score of the opening quarter, Hiram responded with three-straight goals. 

Jaret Walland was the first to find the back of the net, which was then followed by a tally by Justin Dionne

Dionne's goal, which came off an assist from Horace Johnson, gave the Terrier senior 100 career points. He became the fifth player to hit the century mark in program history, and the third this year (joining Tim Stucky and Hunter Jenkins). 

Following Dionne's tally, Jenkins found the back of the net on a man-advantage marker, giving Hiram a 3-1 lead. 

Oberlin would close the quarter posting the final two goals of the frame, knotting the score at 3-3. 

The Terriers would hold the Yeomen scoreless in the second quarter, posting the only goal of the frame from Dionne, giving Hiram a 4-3 lead at the break. 

In the second half, the Yeomen put on the pressure, outscoring the Terriers 13-4, including 7-1 in the third, to dominate the second half and round out the scoring, 16-8. 

Jenkins and Walland each scored in the second half, while Stucky and Liam Pinney each also got on the board. 

Offensively, Dionne led the Terriers with a trio of points, tallying a pair of goals and an assist. Jenkins and Walland posted two goals, each, while Stucky notched another multi-point performance (1g/1a). 

In the face-off circle, Alex Meehan once again was consistent, winning 18-of-29 throughout the game. 

The difference came in turnovers, as Oberlin forced 31 Hiram miscues and held the Terriers to just 14-of-25 successful clears. 

Hiram will continue NCAC action on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Wittenberg University. The matchup with the Tigers is slated for 2 p.m.