Shroyer leads defense, Laymon scores seven times in 12-5 win over MSJ

Abby Shroyer

HANOVER, Ind. – Behind another strong offensive performance from sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) and the entire defensive unit, the Hanover women's lacrosse team cruised to a 12-5 home win over Mt. St. Joseph (Ohio) Monday afternoon.

After setting a career high with six goals last Friday versus Franklin, Laymon improved upon her mark with seven scores Monday. The sophomore scored on three free position shots and led the team with 11 total shots in the game. Nine of her 11 attempts also came on goal.

Defensively, seniors Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) and Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) led the way. Mousa, who was named ORLC Defensive Player of the Week earlier in the afternoon, tallied eight saves and a .615 save percentage in her encore performance. The net minder also retrieved four groundballs.

Shroyer paced the Panthers (3-2, 2-0 ORLC) with a season-high five groundballs. The senior also led the team in caused turnovers with four and won four draw controls. Sophomore Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) tallied a team-high five draw controls, while also scoring her first goal of the season. Finn and juniors Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) recorded HC's three assists in the game.

Hanover and MSJ (0-2, 0-1 ORLC) traded the first four goals of the contest, leaving it at a 2-2 stalemate with 18:13 remaining in the opening half. Three unanswered goals from Finn, Laymon and sophomore Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) put the Panthers in front, 5-2, with just over 13 minutes left before the intermission.

The Lions snapped the HC scoring spurt at three, but Laymon added two of her five first half goals in the final 10 minutes of the period to put the Blue and Red ahead 7-3. Hanover enjoyed a 20-6 shot advantage in the first half en route to a 34-15 edge for the game.

Laymon added two more goals and sophomore Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) recorded her first score of the season on a scoop shot, as HC led 10-3 with 16:48 remaining in the second half. The Lions were able to close the gap to five goals, but scores from Fogus and Todd in the closing minutes secured Hanover's third win in its last four outings.

The Panthers forced MSJ into 23 total turnovers Monday and held a 21-19 advantage in groundballs. Hanover's 25 shots on goal gave the team its fourth straight game with a percentage above .750.

The Blue and Red will break from conference play in their next few contests, beginning with Elmhurst (Ill.) at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 18.

Contact: Tyler Jester