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Experienced Group Eyes New Heights for Men's Lacrosse in 2018

Experienced Group Eyes New Heights for Men's Lacrosse in 2018

HIRAM, Ohio – Returning perhaps the most experience squad in its six-year history, the Hiram College men's lacrosse program will look to a strong senior class and 13 returning letterwinners to climb to new heights in 2018.

In 2017, the Terriers tied a school record in total goals scored. This year's version of the squad has the possibility to break that mark as the Hiram offense returns 93 of the 99 markers that they scored a season ago.

Leading the way is sophomore Hunter Jenkins, who was named an All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection following the 2017 campaign.

During his first year of collegiate lacrosse, Jenkins led the Terriers with 38 total points. He ranked second on the team in both goals and assists. The sophomore tallied seven multi-goal games, posting 23 markers on the season. He also added 15 assists.

Including Jenkins, the Terriers have a formidable lineup returning to the offensive side of the ball as five of their six leading scorers are back in the fray once again.

Three different players posted at least 20 goals in 2017, including leading scorer Tim Stucky, who tallied 24 as a freshman. Stucky ranked first on the team in 2017 in shot-on-goal percentage (.676) and will once again look to bring those numbers into 2018.

Other returning leaders on the offensive side include seniors Nick Rollason and Evan Pinney, as well as senior Justin Dionne. Rollason tallied 23 markers and 30 total points in 2017, while Pinney finished the season with 15 goals and 11 assists. Dionne, meanwhile, was the Terriers' top assist man last season, posting 16 on the year, a Hiram single-season best.

Along with Pinney in the midfield, the Terriers return three other players, including sophomore Liam Pinney. Liam is the leading returner in faceoffs for Hiram, winning 32 as a freshman.

Also back for Hiram are Marcus McNeal and Jonah Austin, who each return after missing the 2017 season. Austin has tallied seven-career goals while collecting 45 ground balls in two seasons, while McNeal has appeared in 18 games to this point in his career.

The midfield also sees an infusion of newcomers, with four first-year players suiting up for the Terriers. The freshman mids include Jonathan Burrell, Alec Gentle, David Cain and Dom Medina.

The experience returning to the field reaches to the defense as well, with three returning letterwinners, including senior Alex Meehan, junior Nick Jericho and sophomore Cory Zaller-Edmonds.

Jericho started in 11 games during his sophomore season, producing a career-best seven caused turnovers. Meehan has appeared in 22 games to this point in his career, while Zaller-Edmonds started all 12 games as a freshman in 2017.

Joining the trio include senior R.J. Nelson, sophomore Horace Johnson and freshman Dillon Gump. All of whom will be seeing their first season of collegiate lacrosse.

Sophomore Liam Osborne returns to anchor the defense between the pipes. Last season, Osborne played in 11 games, starting eight while playing a team-high 460 minutes. He finished the season with 93 saves.

Following a two-year hiatus, junior Keagan Finegan also returns to provide depth at goalie. Finegan played in 11 games as a freshman, marking 24 saves.

The Terriers open their season on Saturday, February 24 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. Hiram will take on Chatham University at 3 p.m.

Hiram's home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, while the Terriers' first conference matchup comes on March 17 at Wittenberg.