Panthers suffer road setback at Greensboro

Eric Clay

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hanover men's lacrosse received multiple-point efforts from junior Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio) and sophomore Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) Monday afternoon, but the team would ultimately fall at Greensboro (N.C.), 9-4.

Hafl and Boylston have now scored in each of the Panthers' (0-2) first two games. The junior tallied one goal and one assist Monday, while the sophomore posted his first multi-goal performance of his young career.

After a scoreless opening period, which saw the two sides combine for 13 shots, it was Greensboro (2-3) who took an early advantage on the scoreboard in the second frame, tallying three consecutive goals with a man advantage. Hanover responded with goals from Boylston and freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) in less than a one-minute span, pulling closer at 3-2, with 8:19 remaining in the opening half.

The Pride tacked on two additional goals in the final four minutes of the first half and recorded the only two scores of the third quarter to go up 7-2. Each side found the back of the net twice in the final 15 minutes, with Hafl and Boylston doing the damage offensively for HC. Unfortunately, the Panther goals were cancelled out, resulting in the five-score loss. Junior Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) assisted on Boylston's second goal, giving him a team high four points through two games.

Boylston and junior Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) combined for seven of HC's 17 shots in the contest, recording four and three, respectively. The two teams split the 16 face offs, with junior Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) going 8-for-14 for the Blue and Red. Green also recorded two groundballs and one caused turnover.

Leading a group of eight players with multiple groundballs was junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.), who posted four each. Schell also tallied one of HC's six caused turnovers Monday.

In goal, sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) improved his season save percentage to .500, making 10 stops on 19 Greensboro shots on goal. The sophomore saw a total of 40 Pride shots attempted in the game.

Hanover will now travel to face Piedmont (Ga.) later in the week. The Panthers and Lions are set for a 7 p.m. start Thursday, March 1.

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