HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team found itself in an early hole Saturday and never could quite recover, falling to Ohio Northern at home, 17-5.
Despite four first quarter saves by sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio), the Panthers (0-6) found themselves down 4-0 after 15 minutes of play.
Sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) stopped the Ohio Northern (5-1) scoring spurt at four goals with the opening score of the second quarter. Fonner later assisted on a goal from classmate Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) at the 4:44 mark of the second quarter.
Hanover however, trailed 8-2 at the intermission. Dubrava made 10 of his season-high 14 saves in the first half of play. The sophomore now has double-digit stops in five consecutive games.
The Blue and Red cut their deficit to five, 9-4, after junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) posted back-to-back scores early in the third quarter. The Polar Bears though, responded with eight unanswered goals to extend their advantage to double-digits. Freshman Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) found the back of the net for the second time this season and first time at home in the fourth quarter, but there would not be enough time on the clock to create a comeback attempt. King picked up the assist on HC's final goal, giving him two points for the day.
Hanover tied its lowest shot total of the season, 19, and were led by Fonner and Wheeler, who had four apiece. Schell, who led the team with five groundballs, pitched in with three shots, and the trio combined for nine of HC's 14 attempts on goal.
In the backend, Dubrava, junior Evan Bartlett (Oxford, Ohio) and sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) retrieved three groundballs apiece. All three defensive members recorded a caused turnover as well.
The Panthers have now concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule and begin Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play next weekend. Hanover will travel to face Bethany (W. Va.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17.
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