By: Andrew Korba
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Hiram College women's lacrosse team posted a 13-12 road victory at Thiel (Pa.) on Tuesday evening.
The Terriers have now won a program record three straight games and improve to 3-3, while the Tomcats drop to 0-5.
Thiel scored just 54 seconds into the game, but Hiram tied the score only 11 seconds later on a Ray goal, to tie the score at 1-1.
The Tomcats responded with two goals, but the Terriers had an answer again, getting goals from sophomore Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) and Osgood to knot the score at 3-3 with 24:18 left in the first half.
The teams would continue to trade goals, with Thiel taking a one score advantage three more times in the first half. Each time, Hiram had an answer as Jenkins scored twice and Ray added another score to make the score 6-6 at the break.
In the second half, the Terriers took their first lead of the contest, getting two goals from Osgood less than a minute apart to build a 8-6 lead with 28:36 left in the game.
Thiel was able to pull within one at 8-7 on a goal, but Hiram got scores from senior Michaela Edmond (Shermann, Conn./New Milford) and Jenkins to open up a 10-7 advantage.
The Tomcats scored at the 20:13 mark, but Hiram got a goal from Jenkins nearly two minutes later to make the score 11-8. Junior Erin Smith (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) had the assist on the play.
Thiel would storm back scored four of the next five goals to tie the score at 12-12 with 3:59 remaining. Gillentine accounted for the Terrier goal during the Tomcat run.
Ray would score the game winning goal with 1:39 left to play to give Hiram the 13-12 lead. Thiel was able to control the ensuing draw control, but Ray forced a turnover early in the possession and Hiram was able to run out the clock for the one-point victory.
Sophomore Rachel Metcalf (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) made four saves in goal.
The Terriers outshot the Tomcats 25-20 and also had a 15-12 edge in draw controls, including a 10-3 advantage in the first half.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, March 26, with its NCAC opener at Wooster that will begin at 1 p.m.