GREENVILLE, Pa. – Senior Sierah Ray became the second Terrier in school history to reach the century mark as the Hiram College women's lacrosse team defeated Thiel College, 19-13, on Monday evening.
Not only was Ray efficient in the first 30 minutes of the game, but the entirety of the Terrier offense was clicking on all cylinders as Hiram posted 16 goals in the first half.
Ray tallied four goals in the first half, eclipsing the 100-goal mark with 10:31 to play. The senior went around the Tomcat defense, beating the Thiel keeper low to reach the milestone.
Ray became just the second Terrier in history to find 100, joining former teammate Autumn Osgood, who reached her milestone last season.
As one player claimed her 100th tally, a couple of Terriers posted their first-career markers in the opening half.
Following a goal by the Tomcats, Hiram rattled off three straight, including the second of the year for both Katelyn Slomovitz and Gillentine. Ray also posted her eighth of the season to give Hiram a 4-1 lead.
Thiel's Paige Scherer tallied the first three goals of the game for the Tomcats, keeping the game close at 5-3.
After another goal by Slomovitz, her third of the game, Thiel tallied a pair to once again trim the lead (6-5).
From that points, Hiram would put together an 8-2 run, including six-straight tallies, to extend the lead to 14-7.
Ray's 100th came in that stretch as she scored three times. Gillentine and Alexis Hirsch each added a pair, while Tayler Hall added a marker. Hirsch's goals were the first two of her season, while Hall's was her first-career tally.
The offensive barrage by the Terriers was finished off in the final two minutes of the frame as Gillentine and Slomovitz each tallied goals within 20 seconds of each other, giving Hiram the 16-9 lead at the break.
In the second half, Hiram stayed the course, allowing just four goals by the Tomcats over the final 30 minutes. Freshman Gillian McMaster tallied seven saves in the half.
Hiram responded in the frame, getting one more goal, each, from Ray, Hirsch and Slomovitz, rounding out the scoring at 19-13.
Along with scoring her 100th-career tally, Ray finished the contest with a game-high seven points. She finished with five goals and a pair of assists. Slomovitz added five goals of her own while Gillentine finished with four and Hirsch, three.
Hiram will get back to work on Wednesday, February 28, as they play host to Muskingum University. The matchup with the Muskies is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.