The Hiram College men’s lacrosse team dropped a 19-5 decision against DePauw (Ind.) University in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Charles A. Henry Field.
DePauw (3-3, 1-0 NCAC) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring its first goal just seven seconds into the first quarter. The Tigers then went on to add two more scores before Hiram (1-3, 0-1 NCAC) scored a goal on a “man-up” advantage from All-NCAC sophomore Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary’s) with an assist from sophomore Alex Ham (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) to make the score 3-1 with 6:19 to go in the period. DePauw rounded out the scoring in the first quarter with two more goals to take a 5-1 advantage after the first 15 minutes.
The Tigers found the back of the net six times in the second quarter and held the Terriers scoreless for the period to increase the margin to 11-1 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Hiram looked to make a run scoring the first three goals of the period beginning with an unassisted goal by sophomore Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) at the 12:31 mark. The Terriers scored again 22 seconds later when freshman Charlie Haley(Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) got a shot past the Tiger netminder on a man-advantage opportunity. Hiram’s final goal came from freshman Douglas Legris (Fairfax, Verm./Bellows Free Academy) with 10:58 to go making the score 11-4. DePauw responded by scoring six goals to end the period to go up 17-4 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hiram opened the final 15 minutes with a score from Legris on another man-advantage at the 8:53 mark. But the score came a bit too late as DePauw added two more scores before time expired to cruise to the 19-5 victory.
Offensively, Hiram was led by Legris with the two goals for two points. Summers, Lekan and Haley all tallied a goal, while Ham finished with the assist to all record a point on the day.
In net, sophomore Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) played all 60 minutes and had 19 saves. He was credited with the loss and is now 1-3 overall for the season.
Hiram is scheduled to host Capital University on Tuesday, Mar. 25 in a non-conference matchup at Henry Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.