By: Andrew Korba
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Five different players scored a goal, but the Hiram College women's lacrosse team suffered a 12-7 loss at Franciscan on Wednesday afternoon.
The Terriers are now 3-7 on the year, while the Barons improve to 5-3.
Hiram got the scoring going early, finding the back of the net twice in the first five minutes. Junior Kayla Cornett (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) registered her first career goal 1:08 into the contest, to give Hiram the early 1-0 lead.
Junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union) added a goal on a free position shot at the 25:54 mark to make the score 2-0.
Franciscan has an answer, scoring four times in less than three minutes to jump in front 4-2.
Sophomore Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) brought the Terriers to within one, 4-3, with a goal at the 19:31 mark.
But the Barons were able to respond again, stringing together three scored to take open a 7-5 advantage.
Osgood registered back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to pull Hiram within 7-5, with just under eight minutes left in the first half.
The Barons were able to score two more times and take a 9-5 edge into the intermission.
In the second half, sophomore Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) opened the scoring at the 20:08 mark with an unassisted goal.
The Barons scored two consecutive goals, before senior Michaela Edmond (Sherman, Conn./New Milford) pulled the Terriers to within 11-7 with 5:53 left. Edmond also finished with a game and season-high six draw controls.
Franciscan has a response with a goal just 49 seconds later to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Rachel Metcalf (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) made seven saves in goal for Hiram.
The Terriers held a slim edge in shots (29-27) and draw controls (11-10).
Hiram will be back at it on Saturday, as they host Hilbert (N.Y.) at 4 p.m. in a non-conference tilt. The game will also be the Terriers "Battle for Britt". Hiram will be selling shirts and wristbands and will be led out onto the field by Britt Host, a fan who is currently battling Ewing's Sarcoma.