HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a 4-0 scoring spurt to end the third quarter, the Hanover men's lacrosse team honored its three senior members with a 7-4 victory over Ohio River Lacrosse Conference-newcomer Grove City (Pa.) Saturday afternoon.
After holding a 2-0 at halftime, the Wolverines (6-5, 3-3 ORLC) cut their deficit in half at the 6:31 mark of the third quarter. Hanover (6-7, 6-1 ORLC) though, responded with four unanswered goals, including a pair from junior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio), putting the Blue and Red back in front comfortably, 6-1.
Junior Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.), who is a third-year member athletically but was honored as a senior prior to Saturday's contest, also scored during the spurt, finishing the game with one goal and one assist. DeLeo's helper came on the first goal of the fourth quarter, by sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.), as HC led 7-1 with 12:47 left to play.
Grove City then closed the gap to five, 7-2, with 8:51 remaining. The Wolverines also added two goals late, but it was not enough, giving Hanover its best seven-game start to ORLC play in program history.
After a scoreless first quarter, it appeared as though the two sides were headed into the break in a 0-0 stalemate. Hanover though, off an offsides call on GCC, took advantage of an open net and sophomore Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) tallied the game's first goal at the 2:55 mark. Less than 30 seconds later, freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) found the back of the goal off a pass from King, giving HC a 2-0 advantage.
Sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) continued his strong play in goal, making a bevy of amazing saves Saturday. Dubrava finished with 14 stops after making 20 saves earlier this week versus Transylvania. The sophomore also paced the Panthers in groundballs with eight.
Though Hanover was outshot 31-30, DeLeo and Schell each recorded seven shots to lead the squad. Both players also logged five attempts on goal.
In their final home regular season contest of their collegiate careers, seniors Noah Miller (Madison, Ind.) and James Cochran (Elizabethtown, Ky.) each recorded one caused turnover. The duo helped the Panther defense in holding GCC to just a one-for-six effort in extra-man opportunities. Hanover even scored a man-down during the fourth quarter.
With three of HC's eight caused turnovers, sophomore Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) led the team. Trachtman, along with DeLeo and King, all recorded three groundballs as well.
Hanover will now finish the regular season with three consecutive ORLC games away from home, beginning with a 1 p.m. contest at league-leading Saint Vincent (Pa.) next Saturday, April 21.
Contact: Tyler Jester