HANOVER, Ind. – With a stout defensive second half effort, the Hanover men's lacrosse team rallied to defeat Westminster (Pa.) at home Saturday, 6-4.
The Panthers (5-6, 5-0 ORLC) received 16 total saves from sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio), as he recorded eight stops in each half. The sophomore retrieved three groundballs in the win as well.
Hanover also caused seven of the 10 Westminster (4-4, 2-2 ORLC) turnovers in the second half. Joining Dubrava in leading the defensive effort was classmate Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.). Trachtman forced the Titans into four turnovers, while also pacing the Panthers in groundballs with six.
Conceding the first three goals of the game, junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) connected on HC's lone score of the first half, with less than one minute remaining before intermission.
Goals from King and sophomore Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) tied the contest at 3-3, with 10:26 showing on the third quarter clock. Junior Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) picked up the first of his three second half assists on King's goal.
The Titans appeared to have an advantage after a few penalties called against the Panthers late, but Hanover was a perfect three-for-three in man-down situations over the final 25 minutes of play. Overall, HC denied all six extra-man opportunities for Westminster.
King and DeLeo teamed up for the second time with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, as HC and WC would head to the final period knotted at 4-4.
Sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) got the fourth quarter scoring started with his 15th goal of the season at the 13:35 mark. Schell bookended the Panther offense with his second goal of the day, as there was 4:10 remaining.
Westminster would get five shots off over the final four minutes, but two shots went wide of the goal and Dubrava rejected the additional three attempts.
Hanover finished with a 39-28 edge in total shots, including a 28-20 advantage on goal. Schell led the team with eight tries, as he King and DeLeo combined for 20 shots in the game.
The Panthers, winners of five straight, will look to keep pace atop the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference standings when they host Transylvania (Ky.) at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11.
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