HANOVER, Ind. – Sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made 20-plus saves for the third time in his career but it was not enough during a 9-7 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference setback to Transylvania (Ky.) Wednesday evening.
The loss snapped Hanover's season-best winning streak at five games, dropping the squad to 5-7 overall and 5-1 in ORLC play. Transylvania, winners in four of its last five, improves to 7-6 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
Offensively, junior Joseph DeLeo (Wateford, Mich.) led the team with three goals and one assist. Sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) each added two points as well. King posted one goal and one assist, both in the second half, while Kimmins logged a score in the second and third quarters.
Kimmins and junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) tallied the lone Panther goals in the first half, as HC trailed 4-2 at the intermission. Hanover was successful in end of quarter situations during the opening half of play, as Schell scored with less than two seconds remaining in the first and Kimmins found the back of the net with just over one minute showing on the second period clock.
Transylvania and Hanover traded the opening four goals of the second half, and a late third quarter score by the Pioneers gave them a 7-4 edge heading into the final 15-minute period. DeLeo got the fourth quarter scoring started just 30 seconds in, but Transy responded with three unanswered goals to go in front 9-5.
King and DeLeo both found the back of the net in the closing minutes, but Hanover's attempt at a second straight come-from-behind victory fell just short. The Pioneers won a key face-off with just over 45 seconds remaining to secure possession and the win.
Transylvania finished with a 43-26 edge in total shots, including a 29-13 advantage on goal. King paced the Panthers with seven shots, four on goal, while DeLeo tallied four of his five shots on net.
To go along with Dubrava's stout defensive effort between the pipes, senior Noah Miller (Madison, Ind.) and sophomore Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) each added a pair of caused turnovers. Dubrava also posted a team-high five groundballs, with Schell and Clay following closely behind with four and three, respectively.
Hanover will look to bounce back this weekend when they host Grove City (Pa.) for Senior Day. The Panthers will honor three players, DeLeo, Miller and James Cochran (Elizabethtown, Ky.), prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. start.
Contact: Tyler Jester