By: Abbey Lipcsik
DELAWARE, Ohio – The Hiram College women's lacrosse team fell short in their conference opener against Ohio Wesleyan by a final score of 21-13 on Saturday afternoon.
The match was decided in the first half. The Battling Bishops scored 13 goals over the 30 minutes, while the Terriers recorded four.
Ohio Wesleyan captured the momentum in the start of the match. Kelsey Bowling tallied three goals in the first four minutes, which jumpstarted a 16-minute, 8-1 scoring run for the Battling Bishops. Autumn Osgood scored the goal for the Terriers.
Hiram chipped away at the Ohio Wesleyan lead, thanks to goals from Sierah Ray, Kayla Jenkins and Alyse Gillentine. However, the Battling Bishops tacked on five more goals to make the score 13-4 going into halftime.
The Terriers upped their game in the second half, outscoring Ohio Wesleyan 9-8. Osgood started the half just like the first, notching the first goal of the period for Hiram. After another goal by the Battling Bishops, Jenkins and Gillentine both scored their second goals of the game at the 28:03 and 24:15 marks to cut the Ohio Wesleyan lead in half (14-7).
Both teams continued to score as time ran out. The Terriers made a last-minute push in the last five minutes of the match, with goals coming from Ray, Osgood and Gillentine. But Ohio Wesleyan maintained their lead and secured the 21-13 win.
Osgood and Gillentine were the top scorers for Hiram. The two tied the team-high for goals (4), with Gillentine's performance marking a new season-high. Jenkins also added three goals, tying her season-best.
Hiram will next travel to Ada, Ohio to face the Ohio Northern Polar Bears in a nonconference matchup at 7 p.m.