HIRAM, Ohio--Sophomore Fernando Rodriguez scored four goals in his season debut and sophomore Hayden Berger had a career-high three assists, but it wasn't enough as Adrian lost a 14-8 decision to host Hiram in men's lacrosse non-conference action on Saturday.
= Final Score: Hiram College 14, Adrian College 8
= Location: Henry Field, Hiram, Ohio; Weather conditions: Cloudy, 36 degrees, Wind NW 6 mph
= Records: Hiram Terriers 3-0, Adrian Bulldogs 0-3
= Freshman Max Leventis joined Rodriguez and Berger with a multi-point afternoon on a goal and an assist. He also had six ground balls.
= Classmate Christian Aurand led the team with seven ground balls and he caused two turnovers.
= Freshman goalie Max Bade posted a career-best 14 saves.
= Classmate Grant Nesbitt led Adrian with six shots while scoring a goal.
= Jaret Walland led all scorers with four goals among five points.
= Justin Dionne pumped in a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists, plus three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
= Liam Osborne (W, 3-0) made 11 saves.
= Alex Meehan was 19-for-24 in the face-off "X" and he had five ground balls.
= Liam Pinney scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls with two caused turnovers, while Horace Johnson posted three caused turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian and Hiram were involved in a close affair with the visitors holding an 8-5 advantage with 10 minutes and 40 seconds left in the third quarter after Rodriguez scored while the Bulldogs were a man-down. Leventis opened the second half with a face-off win and raced down the middle of the field to score from 10 yards out to make it 7-5 seven seconds in.
= The Terriers, however, scored the game's last nine goals to seal the victory. In the third quarter, HC closed the gap to 8-7 on a Marcus McNeal man-up tally at 9:15 and Gage St. Leone goal with just 4 seconds remaining. Dionne assisted on both goals.
= Hiram scored seven goals in the fourth quarter while not allowing a goal, outshooting Adrian 12-1 over the final 15 minutes.
= Hiram led in ground balls (35-24), face-off wins (19-6), shots (41-28) and shots on goal (28-19).
= The Terriers benefited while man-up, scoring five times in seven chances. Adrian went 1-for-5 in extra-man opportunities.
= The Bulldogs secured their largest lead of three goals in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Hiram is one of five new opponents Adrian will play in 2019.
= Berger leads the team with six assists on the season.
= Leventis is averaging 10 ground balls per game.
= Rodriguez, who matched his career high this afternoon with four goals, has found the back of the cage 12 times in his last five contests dating back to April 18, 2018.
= Adrian travels to Franciscan University of Steubenville, located in Ohio, next Saturday (1 p.m.) for a non-conference game against the members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
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