For the first time in the 2019 season, the Terrier men's lacrosse team found themselves on the short end of a decision, falling 12-4 to Houghton on Tuesday evening.
Despite the loss, the Terriers are still off to their best start in program history heading into conference play on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in the second of five-straight road games, the Terriers could not solve the Highlander offense early, as Houghton outscored Hiram 5-0 in the opening frame.
The hosts would run their advantage to eight in the second quarter, before Gage St. Leone got the Terriers on the board with 5:25 to play in the half. Hunter Jenkins would score his first goal of the game with one minute remaining in the second, but Hiram still trailed 9-2 at the break.
The Terriers locked down defensively in the second half, holding Houghton to just three second-half goals. Unfortunately, they were still outscored 3-2 in the final 30 minutes, and fell by the 12-4 decision. Jenkins added another goal in the third quarter, while Alex Meehan tallied a marker in the fourth.
Despite the lopsided score, the stats were pretty close throughout the game. Hiram absolutely dominated the faceoff circle once again as Meehan controlled 19-of-20. The Nation's leader in faceoff percentage, Meehan has now won a staggering 83.1% of his chances.
The Terriers also controlled the groundballs, holding a 53-38 advantage, including 14 from Liam Pinney and 12 by Meehan.
Hiram will open North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Wooster to take on the Fighting Scots. The matchup is slated for a 1 p.m. start.