Terrier senior Justin Dionne capped a career night with a game-winning, overtime goal, as the men's lacrosse team defeated Heidelberg University, 16-15, on Wednesday.
Dionne finished the game with a career-high nine points, and assisted on seven of Hiram's 16 goals. The seven assists marked a new school record, previously set by recent graduate Nick Rollason, last season.
The first half was a tale of two quarters, with both squads controlling the pace for a spell.
The Student Princes ran out of the gate early, taking a 6-1 advantage after the first 15 minutes. The lone goal by the Terriers was from junior Hunter Jenkins, who finished the day with two.
Hiram responded in kind in the second quarter, completing the comeback in just 15 minutes as the Terriers outscored Heidelberg 6-0 in the frame.
Jaret Walland got the Terriers rolling with 11:53 to play in the half as he connected on a goal with a man-advantage.
Hiram's leading scorer, Tim Stucky, then posted back-to-back scores, including one off an assist from Jenkins, to pull within two.
Jonah Austin was the next to get on the board with 4:08 to play in the half, before Stucky tied the game with 2:53 to go. Austin then scored 35 seconds later to give Hiram their first lead.
In the second half, the two sides went back-and-forth throughout, with the Student Princes holding a one-goal advantage over the final 30 minutes.
The two sides each scored four goals in the third frame. Hiram collected tallies from Walland, Austin and Stucky (2) and the Terriers held an 11-10 lead at the end of the quarter.
Hiram opened the fourth with a 3-1 swing to take a three-goal lead in the fourth, before Heidelberg responded with four-straight to retake the lead.
In the final minute, Jenkins tallied his second score of the game to knot the contest at 15-15, sending the game into overtime.
Dionne would end the game with 3:09 remaining in the first OT, as he took a turnover at midfield and weaved through the defense before beating the Heidelberg keeper for the win.
With the victory, the Terriers have now tied their program best with six wins on the year.
Dionne finished the game with nine points, while Stucky scored five to lead the goal category. Austin tallied a career-high with four scores while Walland continued his career season with three markers. Jenkins posted three assists to go along with his two goals for five total points.
Hiram will get back to NCAC action on Saturday as they travel to Wabash to take on the Little Giants. The matchup in Crawfordsville is scheduled for 1 p.m.