DeLeo's trio of fourth quarter goals not enough in loss to Carthage

Joe DeLeo

HANOVER, Ind. – Junior Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) scored three times but the Hanover men's lacrosse team fell at home Sunday afternoon to Carthage (Wis.), 16-7.

DeLeo tallied all three of his goals in the fourth quarter, a 15-minutes session that set a new season-high for a single quarter, with four team scores. Overall, Hanover (0-4) scored six of its seven goals in the second half.

Tallying the lone goal for HC in the first half was sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.), who scored unassisted at the 5:52 mark of the opening quarter. Carthage (4-0) led 5-1 after the first 15 minutes of play and a 4-0 advantage in the second period led to an 11-1 Red Men lead at the intermission.

After allowing back-to-back scores to open the second half, HC recorded two of the next three goals, with senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) posting their first points of the 2018 season. King assisted on a Schell goal before finding the back of the net himself at the 9:32 mark of the third quarter. Hanover trailed 14-3 heading in the final period.

The Panthers scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter, two from DeLeo and one from sophomore Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.). The 3-0 scoring spurt closed the deficit to eight, but the Red Men outgained HC down the stretch, 2-1, to secure their fourth straight win to start the season. Freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) picked up the first assist of his collegiate career on DeLeo's final goal with 55 seconds left to play.

DeLeo finished with eight of HC's 23 total shots, as five of his attempts came on goal to lead the squad in both statistical categories. The junior added a one groundball and one caused turnover as well.

To along with his first goal of 2018, Schell recorded a team-high six groundballs, while also going 6-for-12 in face-offs. Sophomores Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ind.) and Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) also added four groundballs apiece. Dubrava started the game in net and made a season-high 13 saves. The sophomore now has double-digit stops in three straight games, accumulating 35 total saves over the stretch.

Hanover will continue a three-game home stand this week by welcoming DePauw (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7.

Contact: Tyler Jester