Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – After opening our three-part preview of the Hanover men's lacrosse team with the attackers last week, we next move on to the team's midfielders for the 2018 season.
Head Coach Skip Lichtfuss should have a strong group of midfielders to work with led by junior Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia). Green was a first team all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference selection last year after ranking second in the league in groundballs (82) and face-offs won (161). He also led the league in face-off win percentage at 61.9% (161-260).
Junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) also figures to be a solid contributor, having recorded 40 goals and 24 assists over his first two seasons. His 33 ground balls were good for fifth on the team a year ago. Fellow classmate Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) contributed 10 points as a sophomore last season, and was tied for fourth on the squad with 10 caused turnovers.
The sophomore class has also provided solid depth for the position. Sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) ranked second on the squad with 68 groundballs, including an 11-groundball, two-forced turnover performance that garnered him ORLC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his efforts in Hanover's 18-4 win over Bethany (W. Va.). The second-year player started all 15 matches as a freshman.
Other key contributors include sophomores Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) and Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) who each recorded ten points last season, with 15 of their 20 combined points coming off goals. Also seeing action in 13 contests in his first year was sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) who recorded 12 assists and 15 overall points, with his assist total tying him for second amongst the Panthers last season.
New faces will look to provide an additional spark for the Blue and Red. Freshmen Gabriel Dzienny (Evansville, Ind.) and Justin Wilson (Fishers, Ind.) will look to provide depth as they transition to the collegiate level.
With one of the top players in the conference in Green anchoring the group, look for the team's midfielders to take another step forward in 2018.
We will complete our three-part preview of the Hanover men's lacrosse team next week when we look into the team's defenders and goalkeepers.
Contact: Mike Pritchard