Panthers' third quarter struggles prove vital in loss to DePauw

Dallas Fonner

HANOVER, Ind. – Trailing by just two goals at the intermission, the Hanover men's lacrosse team fell victim to a 6-1 DePauw (Ind.) scoring advantage in the third quarter Wednesday, falling at home, 15-8.

Sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) gave Hanover (0-5) its first lead of the ball game after scoring consecutive goals in a one-minute span during the opening quarter of play. The Tigers (3-2) however, rallied for the final two scores of the quarter to take a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes of play. Fonner would finish with a team-high seven shots, with six of his attempts coming on goal.

The goal scoring picked up even more in the second quarter with junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) scoring twice and sophomore Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) adding one goal for the Panthers. Despite HC's second quarter scoring production, DePauw still led 7-5 at halftime, thanks to four straight goals in a two-minute stretch. Junior Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio) and freshman Eric Hopkins (Evansville, Ind.) each picked up assists during the second period.

Posting Hanover's lone third period goal was sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.), who also assisted on first and fourth quarter scores, giving him three points in the match. Hafl added an assist and a goal in the fourth quarter to match King's point total for the team high Wednesday.

The Panthers were able to cut their deficit to six, 13-7, after junior Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) found the back of the net with 11:04 remaining. DePauw answered though, with the game's next two scores and Hafl's goal at the 2:18 mark would be the last for either side.

For the fourth consecutive game, sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made double-digit saves, recording 10 in the wintery weather Wednesday. Dubrava added a pair of groundballs and caused turnovers as well.

Scooping up nine of HC's 21 groundballs was Schell, who added 10 face-off wins to go along with a pair of goals as well. Two of Schell's three shots came on goal, as he and Fonner helped guide the Panthers to their highest shot on goal percentage of the season, .684.

Unfortunately for Hanover, DePauw enjoyed a 44-19 edge in total shots, while having 25 attempts come on goal. The two sides split the 14 first half face-offs, but the Tigers went on to win 9-of-13 attempts in the second half.

The Blue and Red will cap off a three-game home stand this weekend by welcoming Ohio Northern to Alumni Stadium. The Panthers and Polar Bears are slated for a 2 p.m. start, Saturday, March 10.

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