HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College broke the 20-goal threshold for the second time in the last three games, defeating Wilmington College 20-5 on Wednesday evening at Charles A. Henry Field.
The Terriers saw six different players get into the scoring column throughout the evening, led by a nine-point effort from senior Sierah Ray. The North Coast Athletic Conference's leader in both goals (29) and total points (35), is now averaging nearly five markers per game.
Sophomore Alexis Hirsch also had a solid offensive game, tying her season best with five goals on the day, placing seven of her 10 shots on goal.
Hiram ran out to a commanding lead through the first 16 minutes of action, scoring the opening seven goals of the game. Ray tallied four of the first five goals for the Terriers, including one on a free-position shot. Katelyn Slomovitz, Alyse Gillentine and Kayla Cornett added the other three goals in the opening run. Cornett's marked her first of the season.
After back-to-back goals from the Quakers, freshman Gianna Palmieri found the back of the net on a quick pass from Gillentine, pushing the Hiram advantage to 8-2. Hirsch then posted back-to-back goals, before Wilmington rounded out the scoring with two more before the half (10-4).
Outside of a tally by the Quakers with six minutes remaining in the game, Hiram dominated the final 30 minutes, outscoring their guests 10-1.
Gillentine opened the scoring in the second stanza with back-to-back goals, including the first on a free-position attempt. After Hirsch tallied her third with 24:32 to play, Palmieri recorded her first-career multi-goal day, pushing the Hiram lead to 14-4.
Ray would close out the scoring with three more tallies, while assisting on another by Hirsch. The Terrier sophomore would add one more, as would Slomovitz, to round out the scoring at 20-5.
The goal total marked the second time Hiram has posted 20 goals this season, after scoring a season high 21 against North Carolina Wesleyan, last week. The single-game best for the program still stands at 23.
Along with her nine points, Ray was all over the field, forcing five turnovers and collecting seven ground balls to go along with six draw controls. Altogether, Hiram forced 18 Quaker turnovers, including three from Tia Smith, four by Hirsch and a pair, each, from Palmieri and Tayler Hall.
Along with Ray and Hirsch, Gillentine finished with a trio of goals. Palmieri and Slmovitz each added two, while Cornett finished with her first.
The victory by Hiram puts them one shy of tying the program record. In their four wins this season, the Terriers have strung together gaudy offensive numbers, nearly doubling their opponents' goal total, and outscoring opposition by over nine goals per game.
Hiram's next game is scheduled for a week from today, March 21, as Hiram plays host to Waynesburg University. The matchup, which will also serve as senior night, is set for 7 p.m.