By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's lacrosse team scored 13 first half goals to post the program's first win under new head coach Brianne Dishong by a 19-5 score over Olivet (Mich.) on Wednesday.
The Terriers are now 1-3 on the season, while the Comets drop to 0-1.
The 19 goals is now a new single game program record, bettering the record of 16 goals the Terriers scored in 2013 against Wilmington.
Eight different players scored for Hiram, with three scoring at least three times. Junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union) and sophomore Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) each scored five times, while junior Kayla Jenkins (Solon, Ohio/Solon) found the back of the net three times.
Osgood and Ray got the Terriers off to a nice start, scoring less than a minute apart to give Hiram an early 2-0 lead.
Following a Comet goal, Hiram got another goal each from Ray and Osgood to extend its lead to 4-1, with just over 22 minutes left in the first half.
Olivet had an answer with a goal to trim the lead to 4-2, but Hiram got scores from sophomore Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, Ohio/Lake), Jenkins and Osgood to make the score 7-2.
The Comets pulled to within 7-3 at the 9:28 mark of the first half, but it was all Hiram from there, as the Terriers scored six consecutive goals to close out the first half of play. Senior Michaela Edmond (Sherman, Conn./New Milford) and Jenkins tallied two goals, while sophomore Christina Belleza (Peninsula, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and Ray added one.
Olivet opened scoring in the second half, but the Terriers were able to put the game away, scoring six straight goals for the second time in the contest. Osgood and Ray scored twice during the run, while senior Paige McLain (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) scored her first career goal and junior Erin Smith (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) added her third goal of her career.
The Comets were able to get a goal in the final seconds of the contest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Metcalf (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) made eight saves for the Terriers.
Hiram owned a 42-18 edge in shots and also held a 18-6 advantage in draw controls.
The Terriers will play next on Saturday, March 19, as they host Wilmington at 1 p.m.