By: Andrew Korba
Entering the 2015 season and third year of play, the Hiram College women's lacrosse team looked to take another step in the right direction. The Terriers did just that, posting a program record five wins and breaking 10 team season records and four single game records.
The Terriers opened the season on a four-game road trip and fell in their opener to Olivet (Mich.). Hiram rebounded in its next contest, topping Hanover (Ind.) 10-6. The Terriers would fall in its final two road games to Rhodes (Tenn.) and Division II foe Walsh.
Hiram opened its home season and NCAC play with a setback against Wooster, but followed that up with a thrilling 12-10 overtime win over Linfield (Ore.). The overtime contest was the first in program history and saw the Terriers scoop up a record 39 ground balls.
After a road loss at DePauw (Ind.), Hiram topped Muskingum by a 15-4 for its third win of the season, tying the program record for wins in a season.
The Terriers would drop four consecutive games, but would come back with two straight wins. HC picked up a 13-11 road win at Hilbert (N.Y.) for a program record fourth win of the season. Hiram added another overtime win, 14-13 over Franciscan, two days later for its fifth and final victory of the season. Against Franciscan, the Terriers set program records in shots (33), free position shots (12) and draw controls (17).
While the whole squad set many records during the 2015 season, Hiram saw individuals etch their names into the records books as well.
Sophomore Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, Vt./Lamoille Union) registered 34 goals, 39 points and five assists, all of which are new single season program records. In addition, Osgood set the single game scoring records, finding the back of the net six times on two separate occasions. Osgood's breakout season earned her Honorable Mention All-NCAC honors.
In addition, freshman goalkeeper Rachel Metcalf (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) put together a solid first season. Metcalf was in goal for all five wins and made 127 saves, which was second most in single season program history. In addition, she broke the single season record for ground ball pickups, scooping up 47.
The Terriers also bid farewell to a handful of seniors that were with the program since its first days. Seniors Devonique Henderson (Streetsboro), Jzayla Jackson (Lorain), LeAunna Martin (Akron/Ellet) and Jocelyn Schmidt (Kent/Roosevelt) all were part of the inaugural team at Hiram and earned three letters. All seniors were honored during the dramatic 14-13 overtime win over Franciscan for their dedication to the program.
Overall, Hiram set records in many different categories including team goals (96), shots (222), shot percentage (.432), free position shots (88), free position goals (28), assists (16), ground balls (342), draw controls (144), defensive clears (162) and lowest goals against average (15.50).
With a solid core returning and a record breaking season behind them, the Hiram College women's lacrosse team will look to stay on the rise for next season and years to come.