DeLeo sparks second quarter scoring spurt in Panthers' 13-5 win at Chatham

Joe DeLeo

PITTSBURGH – The Hanover men's lacrosse team used seven first half goals to stayed unbeaten in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play Saturday afternoon, defeating Chatham (Pa.) on the road, 13-5.

The Panthers (3-6) have won the opening three games of conference play this spring, giving them a 3-0 ORLC record for the second time in three seasons. Hanover started the 2016 campaign winners of its first five league outings.

The Blue and Red scored the lone two goals of the opening quarter Saturday, with sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Eric Hopkins (Evansville, Ind.) both finding the back of the net on unassisted scores. Chatham (5-4, 1-3 ORLC) tallied the first goal of the second period, closing the gap to one, 2-1.

After nearly seven minutes of scoreless play, junior Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) lit up the scoreboard the first of his team-high four goals. DeLeo's score also sparked a 5-0 scoring spurt for the Panthers before the break, as HC led 7-1 at the intermission.

The junior finished the scoring run with three goals and two assists for five of his six points Saturday. Sophomores Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) and Patrick Boyleston (Boca Raton, Fla.) each scored during the second quarter as well.

Hanover and Chatham traded the opening four goals out of the break with sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) each scoring off passes from Fonner and junior Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio), respectively. Both sides added another score, Hanover's coming from Fonner, as the Blue and Red took a 10-4 lead into the final period.

The Cougars closed their deficit to five goals after the first score of the fourth, but goals from freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio), Boylston and DeLeo over the final 11:21 secured the victory for HC.

Overall, 10 different Panthers recorded a point Saturday, led by DeLeo's six. Fonner added five points, with Alessia, Boylston and Hopkins also logging multi-point efforts. DeLeo also paced the Panthers with eight shots.

Chatham held a slight 35-34 edge in shot attempts. Sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) though, fresh off his ORLC Defensive Player of the Week performance against Thiel (Pa.), made a season-high 18 saves. Dubrava also recorded one of HC's 13 caused turnovers.

King, senior Noah Miller (Madison, Ind.) and sophomore Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) each tallied two caused turnovers on defense. Trachtman and sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) each added a pair of groundballs as well.

Hanover will look to keep pace atop the ORLC standings when they welcome Earlham for a 4 p.m. contest, Wednesday, April 4.

Contact: Tyler Jester