Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover men's lacrosse team will look to advance to the finals of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament as they travel to face Transylvania (Ky.) in a tournament semifinal matchup at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2.
THE COMPETITION: The Transylvania Pioneers compiled a 10-6 overall record during the regular season including a 9-1 mark in league action. In the Panthers' meeting with the Pioneers during conference season, Hanover lost 9-7. The winner of the matchup will face the victor of the contest between top-seeded Saint Vincent (Pa.) and Grove City (Pa.) on Saturday, May 5.
HANOVER IN ORLC TOURNAMENT: The Blue and Red are in the midst of their third ORLC tournament run in four seasons and are looking for their first win in the postseason event. In their last postseason appearance in 2016, HC suffered a heartbreaking 10-8 loss to Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) in which they were tied 8-8 heading into the final period.
DELEO DECIMATES DEFENDERS: Junior Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) finished the regular season strong, registering two consecutive four-goal games during the final three contests of the campaign. In total, DeLeo has logged 39 goals and 22 assists for 61 total points. Amongst his league peers, DeLeo's 39 scores and 61 points rank third, while his 22 helpers slot him fifth in the category. Further, his shot percentage of .443 remains one of the best in conference, qualifying third for players with at least 20 shots.
KIMMINS CATCHING FIRE: Freshman Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) has clawed his way up the Panther stat sheets all year long and continues to play well. In his last five, Kimmins has posted seven goals and three assists to give him 15 scores and 7 dimes on the year. His 22 points and 7 dishes both rank fourth for the squad, while his 15 goals rank fifth.
KING'S COLOSSAL STREAK: Sophomore Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) has 13 consecutive games with a goal scored, and in all but two of them he tallied an assist. On the season, King found the back of the net 21 times while accruing 20 dimes, giving him 41 points. All of King's totals rank second on the squad, and his assist total lands in the sixth spot among ORLC competitors.
DUBRAVA DETERS OFFENSES: Sophomore Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) has been one of the best goalies in the conference this year. Dubrava finished the regular season with a .599 save percentage, 194 saves, and a 8.35 goal against average. In the league, his stats rank third, fifth and fifth respectively. His impressive performance garnered two ORLC Defensive Player of the Week honors, including a 16-save effort in a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Westminster (Pa.).
Contact: Tyler Jester