The Hiram College men’s lacrosse used a strong second quarter to defeat Defiance by a 15-5 score on Wednesday.
The Terriers improve to 2-3 on the season, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 0-7.
Hiram outscored Defiance 6-1 in the second to turn a 1-1 tie into a 8-2 lead.
The teams both went scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game before junior Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary’s) found the back of the net with 3:59 left in the first quarter.
Defiance would tie the game just over two minutes later.
In the second, junior Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) scored just 49 seconds into the period, with freshman Nick Rollason (Pickerington/Pickerington North) picking up the assist. Rollason added a goal 52 seconds later to put Hiram up 3-1.
Summers added another goal at the 9:53 mark and freshman Darius Dunn (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) scored with 8:18 left in the quarter to expand the Terriers lead to 5-1.
Rollason then found Summers for a man-up goal with 5:32 left in the half to make the score 6-1 in favor of Hiram.
The Yellow Jackets would respond with a goal, but goals by Lekan and Rollason with 3:13 and 2:16 left in the frame gave Hiram a 8-2 edge at the break.
Defiance scored first in the third, but Lekan scored again, with freshman Evan Pinney (Richfield/Revere) picking up the assist on the play.
The Yellow Jackets would come right back with a goal to trim Hiram’s lead to 9-4 with 9:18 left in the quarter.
The Terriers would score the final two goals of the period. Pinney scored in a man-down situation at the 8:41 mark and Rollason added a man-up goal with just under two minutes left in the period to give Hiram a 11-4 lead.
Sophomore Doug Legris (Fairfax, Vt.) opened up the scoring in the fourth quarter with his third goal of the season.
Defiance would score twice to get within 13-5, but goals in the final minute from Rollason and freshman Garet Johnston(Kent/Wooster) gave Hiram the 15-5 win.
Rollason paced the Terriers with four goals and three assists in the contest. Lekan and Summers each added a hat trick, with Summers also finishing with two assists.
Junior goalkeeper Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) made 11 stops for his second win of the season.
The Terriers held a 44-31 edge in shots and a 36-28 advantage in ground balls.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, when it returns to NCAC play with a road game at Wooster that is set to begin at 1 p.m.