By: Abbey Lipcsik
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Despite strong scoring performances from senior Autumn Osgood and freshman Alexis Hirsch, the Hiram College women's lacrosse team fell to the Muskingum Fighting Muskies in their season opener on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 13-5.
Osgood led the Terrier offense, scoring three goals over the course of the match, while Hirsch followed with two.
Hiram was first to get on the board at the 24:09 mark, thanks to a goal from Osgood that was the result of a free position shot.
Muskingum was quick to answer back two minutes later after a goal from Paige Watterman tied the game at one (22:03). Even though the Terriers took eight shot attempts in the remaining minutes, the Fighting Muskies converted six more shots to take a 7-1 lead going into halftime.
The Fighting Muskies continued to add to their run in the second half, tacking on two more goals within the first seven minutes of the half (9-1). Osgood would then add her second goal of the afternoon to the Terrier cause at the 22:39 mark to make the score 9-2 with 22:39 left in the match.
After another goal by Muskingum, Hiram would then score again for the last time until the final ten minutes of the half (10-3).
Although Hirsch managed to record her first two career goals in the final minutes, Muskingum racked up five more goals to secure the 13-5 win.
In goal, Rachel Metcalf finished the game with 10 saves over her 60 minutes of play.
The Fighting Muskies held control throughout, outshooting the Terriers 36-21 during the match.
Hiram will be back in action on Friday, March 10 when they face Waynesburg on the road in a 7 p.m. nonconference matchup.