ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The Hiram College women's lacrosse team clicked on all cylinders in their first of two games in their spring break trip. The Terriers upended North Carolina Wesleyan 21-6 on Monday afternoon.
In a complete team effort, 11 different players found the back of the net as Hiram came just two goals shy of the all-time program record.
Perhaps one of the most notable goals on the day came from senior Rachel Metcalf, who has spent the entirety of her four seasons between the pipes as the Terriers starting goalie.
After getting some time on the offensive end against Thiel College last week, Metcalf was once again entered into the offense against the Bishops. This time, Metcalf connected on her first-career goal.
Other players to tally their first-career markers included sophomore Tia Smith, and freshmen Kelsey Morgan, Stephanie Cipa and Ketzia Umana. Along with her first goal, Morgan earned her the first multi-goal game of her career.
The Terriers ran out to a sizable lead by the halftime break as Hiram led 18-2 following the first 30 minutes of action.
After the Bishops put their first tally on the board, Hiram ran off the next 11 goals. Ray added three more in the run, while Umana, Gianna Palmieri and Smith picked up their first of the game. Palmieri's goal marked her third of the season, as she has now scored in three consecutive games.
Overall, the Terriers held a 26-9 advantage in shots in the first half, while holding the 18-goal advantage.
Hiram would add three more tallies in the second half, including scores by Morgan, Metcalf and Tayler Hall. Morgan's was her second of the game, while Hall posted her third of the season.
Offensively, Hirsch led the Terriers with seven total points, posting five goals and two assists on just 6 shots. Ray finished with five points (4g/1a) while Slomovitz, Morgan and Gillentine each posted multi-goal games. Slomovitz also added a pair of assists, finishing the matchup with four points.
Along with her five-point game, it was also announced today that Ray had been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her performance last week. Ray totaled 14 points, including 11 goals and three assists, while also collecting 17 draw controls. The Player of the Week honor marked her first of her career.
Hiram will get back to work on Wednesday, March 7, as they complete their spring break trip with a matchup against Virginia Wesleyan. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.