March 28 – ADA, Ohio – The Hiram College women's lacrosse team erased a two-goal deficit with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation en route to a 13-12, overtime, victory over Ohio Northern University on Tuesday evening.
Junior Sierah Ray provided the game-winning tally in the first overtime, scoring off an assist from Autumn Osgood with 11 seconds remaining in the frame. The play was set up by a foul at midfield before Tayler Hall passed the ball to Osgood, who set up Ray for a one-on-one attempt with the Polar Bear keeper.
Both Ray and Osgood had their hands in the entire game as the Terriers' two leading scorers played a large role in the dramatic, come-from-behind, victory.
Trailing 12-10 with 26 seconds to play, Ray set herself up with a free-position shot. The junior converted on the attempt, posting her second tally of the game and pulling the score within one, 12-11.
After winning the draw control, Osgood needed just 14 seconds to draw a free-position attempt of her own. The senior also converted on the shot, knotting the game and forcing the overtime period. Overall, the Terriers performed well on free positions, converting on 6-of-10 attempts.
The game started out in Hiram's favor, as the Terriers ran out to a 3-1 lead through the first nine minutes. Ray and Osgood were once again the focal point as Ray opened the scoring before Osgood tallied the next two.
ONU controlled the next 21 minutes, outscoring the Terriers by a pair of goals while holding the high-powered Hiram offense to just a pair of scores to knot the game at 5-5 by the halftime horn.
The host Polar Bears continued to gain momentum in the early stages of the second half, notching the first three goals, including a pair by Rachel Shipman, to run out to an 8-5 advantage by the 22:37 mark of the frame.
Osgood quickly responded 23 seconds later, cutting the lead to 8-6 before Jacqui Lohman pushed the hosts' lead back to three at the 19:56 mark.
Throughout the next ten minutes, the Terriers would climb back into the game, outscoring ONU 4-1 to knot the score at 10-10. Alyse Gillentine helped lift Hiram in the run, posting a pair of goals, and assisting on the game-tying mark from Osgood with 9:20 to play.
The Polar Bears were able to swing the momentum once again in their favor, locking down defensively and converting on a pair of free-position goals to go ahead 12-10 with 5:00 to play.
In the final five minutes, Hiram turned into the aggressors, allowing just one Polar Bear shot while making their comeback.
The defensive pressure also continued into the overtime frame, as Hiram forced three Ohio Northern turnovers, including the final one which set up the game winner by Ray.
The assist by Osgood on Ray's game winner marked her eighth point of the contest. Already the Nation's leader in points per game, Osgood is now averaging 7.83 points, having posted at least six in five straight outings.
Ray also continued to perform well, as her hat-trick marked her fifth multi-goal game in a row, including scoring at least three in four of the five games.
Helping the Terriers to victories in four of their last five, the duo of Ray and Osgood have shouldered the offensive load, combining for 51 of the teams 87 goals in that stretch. As such, Hiram currently ranks second in the NCAC in goals per game (15.33).
Off to their best start in program history, the Terriers will return home on Thursday, March 30, as they continue their non-conference schedule against Ursuline College. The matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.