March 1 – NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Despite holding a four-goal advantage late into the fourth quarter of action, the Hiram College men's lacrosse team dropped an 11-10, overtime, decision to Muskingum University on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers (0-1) controlled the majority of the contest, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after falling behind by a pair of goals, early.
Following two Muskingum (1-0) goals, which came in the first five minutes of the matchup, freshman Jaret Walland tallied his first-career goal on an assist by Evan Pinney at the 3:44 mark to pull the Terriers within a goal, 2-1.
Hiram would then control the second quarter, outscoring the Muskies 5-0 to take a 6-2 lead into the half. Four different players scored the first four goals of the quarter, with Freshman Hunter Jenkins and Pinney notching man-up goals, before freshman Tim Stucky and junior Nick Rollason netted even-strength tallies.
With just five seconds to play in the half, Walland tallied his second goal of the game, pushing the Terrier advantage to 6-2 at the break.
The host Muskies would pull back within a pair of goals through the first five minutes of the second half, before Pinney extended the lead to 7-4 on an assist by Stucky at the 9:32 mark. The two sides would trade goals over the remainder of the third, with Jenkins tallying his second of the game for Hiram, and the Terriers held a three-goal lead heading into the fourth.
Stucky would personally outscore the Muskies 2-1 over the first 10 minutes of the fourth stanza, collecting his first collegiate hat trick in just his first game.
Leading 10-6 with under two minutes to play, the Terriers surrendered four-straight goals, including the final tally with just one second remaining on the game clock. Muskingum would then get a goal from Jake Stewart, 2:05 into the overtime frame to give the hosts the win.
Statistically, the two sides played close, with Muskingum holding a slight, 42-39 advantage in shots taken. The Muskies also held a 12-11 advantage in faceoffs while also edging the Terriers 38-32 in ground balls.
Individually, first-year players accounted for seven of the team's 10 goals with Stucky leading the way with three goals and one assist. Jenkins and Walland also tallied their first career multi-goal games, while Pinney notched the fourth of his career.
Other leaders for the Terriers included a goal and an assist from Rollason, as well as four helpers from junior Justin Dionne. The assist total from Dionne also ties a Hiram single-game high, most recently set by Caleb Capron against Wilmington in 2013.
Freshman McNair Shaw got his first-career start between the pipes, racking up 19 saves while facing 42 shots in 61 minutes of action.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, March 4, as they open their home schedule with a non-conference tilt against Alfred State. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.