HIRAM, Ohio – Despite scoring in double figures for the eighth time in nine games, the Hiram women's lacrosse program came just shy of a North Coast Athletic Conference victory, falling 15-12 to DePauw University on Saturday.
The Terriers' 12 goals mark just the fourth time they have score doubled digits against a conference opponent, while also proving to be the most goals that the program has tallied against the Tigers since joining the NCAC in 2013.
Hiram got on the board just 21 seconds into the game as Alyse Gillentine found the back of the net for her first tally of the night.
The two sides looked to be deadlocked in a defensive struggle as the next goal was not scored for another 11 minutes.
DePauw found the equalizer with 18:29 to play in the half on an unassisted marker by Kate Flynn. That was part of a three-goal run that gave the Tigers a 3-1 advantage.
After Gillentine posted her second of the half on a free-position tally, DePauw added two more on back-to-back goals from Sarah Ramsey to push the lead to 5-2 with 6:18 to play.
Hiram's leading scorer, Sierah Ray, then got into the action with goals at both the 6:05 and 5:41 marks to trim the Tiger lead to 5-4. However, DePauw's Ellie Strauch put one past the Terriers with two seconds to play in the half, giving the visitors a 6-4 edge at the break.
At the start of the second half, sophomore Tayler Hall added her fifth goal of the year, posting a successful free-position attempt for the first time in her career. Her tally cut the Tiger lead to 6-5.
DePauw would once again respond, running the advantage out to five with four-consecutive goals from four different players.
Hiram would again take advantage of free-position attempts as Kayla Cornett and Ray knocked in back-to-back attempts just 13 seconds apart, trimming the lead back down to three (10-7).
The Tigers would again run the lead to five, before Ray scored her fourth goal of the night. Gillentine then followed with her third to make the score 12-9 in favor of the visitors with 9:17 remaining.
The two sides would trade three goals, each, in the final nine minutes. Trailing by five with 2:27 to play, the Terriers attempted one final push. Ray posted her fifth of the game with 2:10 to play, before Hall notched her second goal of the night with 1:43 left. The goal marked the first multi-score game of Hall's career.
Despite scoring the final two tallies, time ran out on the Terrier comeback and Hiram fell 15-12.
Offensively, Hiram converted on 50% of their free-position shots, while senior goalie Rachel Metcalf held DePauw to just 33% on their attempts. Metcalf finished the game with 14 saves.
Ray led the offense with five goals, while Gillentine added 4 and Hall, a pair. Cornett also posted her second of the season.
With her performance, Ray has now moved into fourth on Hiram's single-season record list in both goals (40) and points (47) with seven games remaining in the season.
The Terriers will be back in action on Monday, April 2, as Hiram plays host to Waynesburg University for the team's final non-conference matchup of the season. The game will also serve as senior night for the Terriers and is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.