By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's lacrosse team dropped its season opener to Muskingum 16-10, in its first game under new head coach Brianne Dishong on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers are now 0-1 on the season, while the Fighting Muskies stand at 2-0.
Junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union) paced Hiram with three goals and an assist.
Gillentine got the Terriers going early, converting on a free position shot just 31 seconds into the game to give Hiram the 1-0 edge.
Muskingum countered with two goals, but Hiram had an answer as Ray scored with the Terriers down a player, to knot the score at 2-2 with 19:27 left in the first half.
The Fighting Muskies would score two more goals, before Slomovitz made good on a free position shot to bring Hiram within 4-3 with 14:36 left in the first half.
Muskingum would build a 6-3 lead, but Slomovitz added her second goal of the night at the 2:05 mark of the first half.
The Fighting Muskies seemed poised to take a 7-4 lead into the break on a late goal by Paige Watterman. But Osgood was able to score with just two second left in the first half, to cut Muskingum's lead to 7-5 at the break.
Osgood opened the scoring in the second at the 23:06 mark to pull Hiram within one, 7-6.
From there, Muskingum was able to take control of the game, scoring five unanswered goals to open up a 12-6 advantage with 17:48 left to play.
Hiram answered with three goals, with one each coming from senior Michaela Edmond (Sherman, Conn./New Milford), Osgood and Ray, to trim Muskingum's lead to 12-9 with under eight minutes to goal.
But the Fighting Muskies answered with three straight goals to put the game out of reach.
Gillentine tallied the final Terrier goal of the night with 37 seconds left in regulation.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Metcalf (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) made seven saves in goal for Hiram.
The Fighting Muskies held a slim 26-25 edge in shots and also posted 23 shots on goal, compared to 19 for the Terriers.
Hiram will return to action on Tuesday, March 8 at Lycoming (Pa.). The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.