Green controls face-off X, but Panthers fall at Piedmont

Sam Green

DEMOREST, Ga. – Junior Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) won 12-of-17 face offs and classmate Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) added multiple scores, but the Hanover men's lacrosse team fell at Piedmont (Ga.) Thursday evening, 12-5.

The Panthers (0-3), who were capping a brief two-game road stint, found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoring run to start the game. DeLeo tallied his first goal of the game at the 11:02 mark of the second quarter and HC trailed 5-1 heading into the break.

A pair of freshmen in Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) and Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) added scores for the Blue and Red in the third quarter, but the Lions (3-2) still led 9-3 with 15 minutes remaining. Kimmins scored for the second straight game, while Wheeler's goal was the first of his collegiate career. Wheeler also paced the Panthers with four shot attempts.

After conceding the opening goal of the fourth, Hanover was able to cut the deficit to five, 10-5, with 10:54 remaining. DeLeo gave HC its second man-advantage score of the night and sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) picked up his first goal of the season, giving HC back-to-back goals. Piedmont however, added two more scores over the final 6:18 to secure its third straight win.

Green helped engineer a clear advantage for the Panthers in face offs, with the squad winning 15-of-20 attempts. After a slow start to the season, the junior has now won 20 of his last 31 at the "X," a .645 winning percentage.

Hanover also enjoyed a 31-28 advantage in groundballs and were led by Green and junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) with six apiece. Sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) added four groundballs, while senior Noah Miller (Madison, Ind.) was the lone Panther to force multiple turnovers.

In net, sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made double-digit saves for the second straight outing. Dubrava has now made 22 stops in the two games this week.

The Panthers will return home for their next contest, as they welcome Carthage (Wis.) for a 1 p.m. start Sunday, March 4.

Contact: Tyler Jester