HIRAM, Ohio - Despite a seven goal performance from senior Sierah Ray, the Hiram College women's lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with a 16-9 loss to Ohio Northern University.
Ray tallied the Terriers first goal of the season less than four minutes into the game, beating the Polar Bear goalie on an unassisted tally to give Hiram a 1-0 lead.
ONU responded to Ray's first with three-straight tallies from three separate players. The last tally came from Sebra Woodruff with 15:57 left on the clock, staking the visitors to a 3-1 advantage.
After a free-position tally from Ray, ONU would go on another three-goal run, pushing the lead to 6-2 with just over ten minutes to play.
In the final 10 minutes of the half, Hiram put together a 5-3 scoring run to pull the game within a pair of scores at the break.
Katelyn Slomovitz go the Terriers going in the final ten minutes with her first tally of the season. Ray then made her full mark on the first half, tallying the final four scores of the first 30 minutes for Hiram. Overall, the senior finished the first half with six goals.
Ohio Northern controlled the second half, outscoring the Terriers 7-2 in the final stanza.
The Polar Bears tallied the first goal of the half before Hiram cut the lead to 10-9 with back-to-back goals from Ray and Alyse Gillentine. Gillentine's came in a man-up situation and was her first of the year, pulling the Terriers within one.
Ohio Northern responded in a big way, holding Hiram scoreless over the final 23 minutes, and extending the advantage to 16-9 by the end of regulation.
Offensively, Ray tied a career high with seven goals, putting 10 of her 11 shots on net. She also added seven ground balls and eight draw controls.
Slomovitz and Gillentine each added one goal and one point, while senior Rachel Metcalf opened her senior campaign tying her career high with 15 saves.
Hiram will be back in action on Monday, February 26 as the Terriers travel to Thiel College. The matchup in Greenville, Pa. is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.