HIRAM, Ohio - Senior Nick Rollason led a balanced scoring attack for the Hiram College men's lacrosse team, as the Terriers upended Muskingum University on Wednesday evening.
The first half saw both defenses lock down, as the two sides combined for just six goals through the opening 30 minutes.
The lone goal for Muskingum in the first came from Tucker Haas, who opened the scoring at the 4:11 mark.
Rollason responded with his fifth tally of the year, knotting the game at 1-1 with 1:27 to play in the frame. The two sides would go into the second tied at the same score.
The Terriers made the first move of the second, scoring the first three goals of the frame.
Six minutes later, Jenkins returned the favor, assisting on Dionne's first tally of the season. The goal by Dionne pushed the advantage to 3-1. Less than a minute later, Rollason tallied his second of the game, to give Hiram a three-goal cushion.
Muskingum's Ian McGougan would tally the final score of the half, scoring with 3:37 to play, to send the game into the break with Hiram up by a pair (4-2).
Despite the slow start for both teams on the offensive end, the third quarter saw more goals than the first two, combined.
Playing with a man advantage to open the half, the Terriers got on the board quickly as Dionne found Jenkins for the second time, just 45 seconds into the frame. Once again, Rollason followed with an unassisted goal, pushing the Hiram lead to 6-2.
Muskingum responded in the middle stages of the third, getting a pair of goals in "man-advantage" situations. Zack Kern and Tucker Haas each took advantage of Hiram miscues to trim the lead to 6-4.
Hiram would go on to outscore the Muskies 2-1 over the final minutes of the third, getting tallies from Dionne and Tim Stucky to take an 8-5 lead into the final stanza.
Muskingum's Ryan Stacey scored twice in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. However, Stucky would also find the back of the net two more times, notching his first hat trick of the season, to keep the Terriers up 10-7.
Stucky would then assist on Rollason's fourth of the game before the Terriers locked down defensively. Hiram didn't allow a single Muskie goal over the final seven minutes, and Evan Pinney rounded out the scoring with 1:15 remaining on the clock, to give Hiram the 12-7 victory.
Defensively, the Terriers played well throughout the evening. Muskingum's seven goals marked the third fewest by an opponent in Hiram history, and the least since giving up six to Cleary in 2016.
Offensively, Rollason led the way, scoring four goals for the second-consecutive game. He also added an assist while placing nine of his 11 shots on goal.
Showing a balanced scoring effort, Jenkins, Dionne and Stucky all finished with four points. Stucky tallied three goals and an assist, while Jenkins and Dionne finished with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, each.
Hiram will get back to work on Saturday, March 3, as the Terriers travel to Alfred St. The matchup against the Saxsons is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.