By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's lacrosse team scored the first six goals and hung on to post a 10-8 win over Wilmington on Saturday.
The Terriers have now won two straight and are 2-3 on the season, while the Quakers drop to 1-4.
Hiram scored six times in the first 15:17 of the contest to build an ealry 6-0 lead. Sophomore Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) had two goals, while senior Michaela Edmond (Shermon, Conn./New Milford), junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union), sophomore Christina Belleza (Peninsula, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and sophomore Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) all tallied a goal.
Wilmington was able to score the next three goals to pull within 6-3 with 8:30 left in the first half.
Hiram answered with a goal from Gillentine, but the Quakers came right back with two more goals.
Ray closed out the scoring in the opening half, converting on a free position shot with 3:56 remaining and allowing the Terriers to take an 8-5 lead.
Osgood wasted no time extending Hiram's lead to four goals in the second half, scoring just 47 seconds into the session to push the Terrier lead to 9-5.
The Quakers answered with three straight goals to make it a one score game at 9-8 with 10:49 left.
Junior Kayla Jenkins (Solon, Ohio/Solon) closed out the scoring in the 10-8 win, finding the back of the net with 8:50 left in the game on an assist from Osgood.
In all, Gillentine scored a team-high three goals for Hiram, with Osgood and Ray each adding two.
Sophomore Rachel Metcalf (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) registered 10 saves in goal for the Terriers.
Wilmington held a slim 26-25 edge in shots.
Hiram will look to extend its winning streak on Tuesday, March 22 with a road contest at Thiel (Pa.) at 7 p.m.