March 23 – HIRAM, Ohio – Led by another career day from senior captain Autumn Osgood, the Hiram women's lacrosse team continued their hot start to the season by out-dueling Thiel College, 22-15, in a shootout at Charles A. Henry Field on Thursday evening.
The Terriers moved their mark to 3-1 with the victory over the Tomcats (0-4), improving upon their best start in program history.
Already full of a season of firsts, Osgood continued to score at an alarming rate. The senior set the new program standard for goals in a game, while coming just one tally shy of the North Coast Athletic Conference record, registering 10 goals in the contest.
The mark that Osgood set broke her previous record of eight which she tallied in a victory over Hilbert last season. It also came just short of the NCAC's 11-goal mark set by Oberlin's Maggie Bloom (2010) and Kenyon's Katherine Englert (2015).
Despite the offensive outpouring by Osgood, the Terriers still found themselves in an offensive battle, as the Tomcats responded with 15 goals of their own. The 37 combined tallies were the most that the Hiram program has seen since coming into existence in 2013.
Only two other times in recent memory have the Terriers and their opponent combined for over 30 goals, with both coming last season. The first came in a 23-12 victory over Hilbert on April 17, with the second coming in a loss to Ohio Wesleyan on April 30.
The difference in the outcome came in the first 15 minutes of the game as the Terriers ran out to a 7-1 advantage. After trading goals to start the game, Hiram posted six straight, including back-to-back goals from Osgood. The two tallies gave the senior her fourth hat trick of the season in just the first nine minutes of action.
Still leading by six goals (10-4), the Terriers found their lead trimmed to just two as the Tomcats rattled off four straight. Thiel got two goals, apiece, from both Mackenzie Quinn and Jennifer Rickens. The duo combined to score 12 of the Tomcat's 15 goals.
Hiram would have a response in the final five minutes of the half, going on a five-goal burst to end the first 30 minutes. Both Osgood and Ray posted a pair of goals in the run, while Kayla Jenkins added her first goal of the contest to round out the half at 15-8.
The two sides played to a stalemate in the second half, with each team notching seven scores in the closing 30 minutes. Thiel pulled the game to as close as five scores (16-11), while the Terriers ballooned the advantage to as many as eight, three times.
Offensively, every Terrier that posted a goal finished the contest with a multi-goal performance. Along with Osgood's ten, Ray continued the hot start to her season, finishing the matchup with six goals. Additionally, Slomovitz, Jenkins and Gillentine all finished with a pair.
Along with her goal total, Ray also set a new Terrier standard by finishing the game with 14 draw controls. Overall, her total helped Hiram hold a 27-12 advantage in that category.
Despite the offensive explosions from both sides, junior Rachel Metcalf performed well in goal to earn her third victory of the season. The junior tallied 14 saves and made key stops in free-position situations, holding Thiel to just 2-of-12 in free-position shots.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, March 25, as they open North Coast Athletic Conference play against Ohio Wesleyan. The matchup with the Battling Bishops is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.