The Hiram College men’s lacrosse team was defeated by Thiel (Pa.) College, 15-5, in a non-conference game in Greenville, Pa.
Thiel (2-3) struck first with a goal at the 14:03 minute mark of the first quarter. Hiram (0-2) then scored the period’s final to goals beginning with a score by freshman Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary’s) at 12:06 and then at the 2:53 mark from fellow freshman John Deegan (Lakewood/St. Edward) to give the Terriers a 2-1 after one quarter of play.
The Tomcats evened the score at 2-2 early in the second period, but Hiram quickly regained the lead when Summers tallied his second goal of the game off of the ensuing faceoff to put the Terriers back out in front, 3-2, with 13:15 left in the half. Thiel scored the only two goals during the remainder of the quarter to move ahead on the scoreboard with a 4-3 lead at the intermission.
In the third quarter, the Thiel offense struck early and often scoring five goals within the first five minutes to increase the margin to 9-3. The Tomcats went on to add four more scores in the quarter to take a commanding 13-3 margin heading into the final 15 minutes.
Thiel scored its final two goals of the game at the 7:36 and 6:49 marks to make the score 15-3. Hiram freshman Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) found the back of the net with 3:21 left to play and freshman Thomas Kuczma (Brunswick) rounded out the scoring with a goal at 1:13 mark, but it would be the Tomcats who’d come away with a 15-5 victory.
The Hiram offense was led by Summers with two goals on seven shots. Lekan was second in total points with a goal and an assist, while Deegan and Kuczma each scored one goal. Freshman Matt Pozderac (Mount Vernon/Centerburg) rounded out the point scorers with an assist.
In goal, freshman Sawyer Lott (Sunbury/Big Walnut) played the entire game and recorded 14 saves in 29 shots faced.
Hiram will travel to Bethany, W.Va. for a non-conference game against Bethany College on Saturday, Mar. 16. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.