Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover College men's lacrosse team will look to secure their first four-game win streak in the ORLC since 2016 as they host Earlham at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4. The men will then host conference-rival Westminster (Pa.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 7.
THE COMPETITION: The first-year program, Earlham Quakers, currently have an 0-8 record on the season after a recent home loss against conference-rival Thiel (Pa.). Earlham has a 0-4 mark in the ORLC and will be playing just its second true road game of the season when they travel to Hanover.
The Panthers' second opponent, the Westminster Titans, currently boast a 4-3 overall record, which includes a recent 21-5 loss against fellow ORLC member Transylvania (Ky.). In the Blue and Red's last showing against the Titans, Hanover fell 9-8 in a three-overtime heartbreaker after HC was able to tie the game with a pair of unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.
DELEO'S DOMINANCE: Junior Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) has been lights out this season, as he heads the Panthers in goals (18), assists (10) and total points (28). For the season, he ranks sixth in the ORLC in goals, ninth in assists, fifth in total points and fifth in shot percentage when considering players with 10-plus shots (.474).
This total includes DeLeo's four-goal, two-assist effort in HC's recent 13-5 victory against ORLC foe Chatham (Pa.). It marked the sixth time this season in which he has tallied three points or more, and fourth game in which he's registered three-plus goals.
SCHELL CONTINUES TO SHINE: Junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) continued his fine season against the Chatham Cougars, registering a goal for the sixth straight contest. His eight goals put him in a tie for third on the Hanover stat sheets, while his eight caused turnovers rank third on the squad. Schell continues to lead the Blue and Red with 48 groundballs, placing him sixth in the conference standings.
FONNER ON FIRE: Sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) continued his impressive hot streak against the Cougars, registering three assists and five total points, both of which mark career highs for Fonner. The Chatham game was his team-high seventh consecutive game with a goal this season, and the fourth time in five games in which he had scored multiple points.
On the campaign, Fonner ranks second for the Panthers in goals and total points with 11 and 16, respectively. His four assists rank fourth on the squad.
DUBRAVA DIRECTS DEFENSE: Sophomore net minder Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) has turned it on, particularly in HC's first three conference outings. In Hanover's three-game win streak, Dubrava has a .738 save percentage with a 4.66 goal against average. His performances include a season-high 18 saves in the recent victory over Chatham and an ORLC Defensive Player of the Week award for a 15-save effort in a win over Thiel (Pa.).
Contact: Tyler Jester