The Hiram College men’s lacrosse team fell short of Houghton (N.Y.) College, 12-11, in a back-and-forth affair in the first-ever men’s lacrosse game at Hiram.
Hiram (0-1) scored the first goal of the game just over 30 seconds in when freshman Greg Summers (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Mary’s) found the back of the net on an unassisted marker. Houghton (1-2) evened the score at 1-1 at the 8:45 minute mark, but the Terriers tallied the final two goals of the period with the first coming from senior Caleb Capron (Salem/West Branch) scored on a man-up advantage, with an assist from Summers, and then freshmanChristopher Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) scored with 20 seconds left in the quarter to give Hiram a 3-1 lead after the first stanza.
In the second quarter, the Highlanders scored five straight goals to take a 6-3 advantage with 5:55 left to go before halftime. Lekan scored both goals for Hiram in the quarter on an unassisted goal and with a man-up to make the score 6-5 at the break.
Hiram began the third frame with an offensive flurry scoring five goals with two being scored by Summers. Sophomore Aaron Hare (Rocky River), freshman John Deegan (Lakewood/St. Edward) and freshman Thomas Kuczma (Brunswick) scored the other Terrier goals to give Hiram a 10-6 lead. Houghton posted the final score of the quarter that cut the Hiram lead to 10-7 heading into the final 15 minutes.
The Highlanders pulled to within a goal with scores at the 14:19 and 12:25 mark of the fourth quarter making the score 10-9. Hiram extended the lead to a pair of goals following a score by Kuczma on a man-up advantage with 11:18 left to play. Houghton scored the final three goals with all three scores coming from Tyler Kempney and the last one coming at the 5:07 mark. The Terriers would have one final chance to tie the game with a man-up advantage with just nine seconds remaining. But Hiram would not get a shot on net allowing Houghton to hang on for the 12-11 victory.
Offensively, Hiram was led by Summers with three goals and three assists. Lekan also scored three goals, followed by Kuczma with two goals to go along with an assist. Capron, Deegan and Aaron Hare each ended the game with a goal scored.
In net, freshman Sawyer Lott played the entire game making 17 saves in 29 shots faced.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Greenville, Pa. for a non-conference game against Thiel College on Tuesday, Mar. 12. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.