March 4 – HIRAM, Ohio – Behind a strong, second-half effort, the Hiram College men's lacrosse team notched their first victory of the season, upending Alfred State 16-12 on Saturday afternoon at Henry Field.
The Terriers (1-1) outscored the Pioneers (1-2) 5-3 in both the third and fourth quarters to earn the four-goal edge, after the two sides played the first 30 minutes to a stalemate. Freshman Tim Stucky helped burry Alfred State, scoring three of his school-record tying six goals in the final two frames.
The game looked as though it would be a defensive struggle from the outset with the two sides combining for just three goals in the opening quarter. Hiram received goals from both Evan Pinney and Stucky, while Alfred State countered with a man-up goal from Aaron Buck.
Stucky's goal came just nine seconds after Buck's off an assist from Justin Dionne, breaking the 1-1 tied and giving the Terriers the advantage at the 5:39 mark of the frame.
Hiram ran the advantage out to 4-1 over the first five minutes of the second quarter as Stucky tallied his second goal off of Liam Pinney's first-career assist. That was then followed by the elder Pinney notching his second tally of the game and staking the Terriers to a three-goal lead.
The Pioneers responded by outscoring the Terriers 5-2 over the final ten minutes to knot the game at 6-6 by the halftime break. Buck had a hand in four of the five goals in the run, scoring twice, including the tying mark with 25 seconds to play.
The third quarter was controlled by Hiram as the Terriers used a 5-3 advantage to take a two goal lead into the fourth. After Alfred State took their first lead of the game on Buck's fourth goal, Hiram responded with goals from Nick Rollason and Hunter Jenkins. Jenkins was vital to the third-quarter surge, scoring or assisting on four of the five markers.
With the game once again tied at 8-8, Jenkins assisted on Stucky's fourth goal of the game, which was then followed by Jaret Walland's first on an assist from Rollason. Each team would then add one more goal in frame, and the Terriers would take a two-goal advantage into the fourth (11-9).
The fourth quarter would open with Hiram pushing the advantage out to four goals. Stucky notched his fifth on an extra-man-opportunity before Dionne tallied his first of the game to push the lead to 13-9.
Following another goal by Alfred State, the Terriers once again went back-to-back, with Stucky and Ben Neill notching the scores. Neill's marked his first of the season, while Stucky's tied the single-season school record for six goals in a game.
The record matched six-goal performances produced by both Greg Summers in 2013, and Rollason, who accomplished the feat in a 13-10 win over Franciscan last season.
A pair of goals by Buck, along with another from Rollason at the 1:19 mark, rounded out the scoring, giving the Terriers the 16-12 victory.
The 16 goals scored by Hiram marked the second-most in program history, coming one score shy of the 17 they scored against Cleary last season.
Despite being outshot 51-30, the Terriers made the most of their efficient shooting, placing 23-of-30 on net (.766).
Individually, Stucky led the way with his six-goal performance. Jenkins added five points, totaling a pair of goals and three assists. Other multi-goal scorers included Evan Pinney, Rollason and Jaret Walland, who all tallied two, each.
Making his first-career start in goal, keeper Liam Osborne earned his first-career victory, stopping 16 shots.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, March 11, when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Mount St. Joseph. The matchup is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.