Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team has announced the dates for its 2019 season, highlighted by a stretch of six home games in an eight-contest span.
The Panthers will open their campaign against Centre (Ky.) for the fourth consecutive year. It will also mark the third time in that span the Blue and Red have had this head-to-head at home. Hanover fell to the Colonels in each of those matchups, among those being a 9-2 defeat in 2018.
Following their premiere showdown, the Panthers will hit the road for six consecutive outings. On Feb. 26 and 28, they will be in Michigan facing Adrian and Calvin in the respective slots. The Blue and Red have not seen Adrian since 2012, when they suffered an 11-4 loss. Meanwhile, Hanover has never squared off against Calvin, who ended their 2018 home slate with a 13-3 victory over Olivet (Mich.).
On March 6, the Panthers will open Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference competition on the road against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio). Last year, the Blue and Red defeated the Lions 18-2 away from home in a game that saw 10 different players score.
The second leg of the trek includes a stop to Transylvania (Ky.) for their second league match on March 13, which is sandwiched between two new opponents, Muskingum (Ohio) and Kean (N.J.). The Kean contest will be a neutral site game played at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and will follow the NCAA Division I contest between the Knights and Jacksonville (Fla.).
Among their appearances at Alumni Stadium following the road trip is a St. Patrick's Day showing against Earlham (Ind.), who is in their second campaign as a program. Hanover shut out the Quakers last spring by a margin of 24-0 on April 4.
The Blue and Red will also play Fontbonne (Mo.) on March 23 at home. The Panthers have not played the Griffins since 2015, when they were on the better half of a 19-5 decision. Hanover played Fontbonne in each of their first five seasons, including HC's inaugural game on Feb. 27, 2011.
The men will close out the season by hosting three straight conference contests, including an April 24 clash with first-year program Anderson (Ind.). The regular season will conclude against Transylvania, who won their fourth straight Ohio River Lacrosse Conference title last season. The ORLC split at the conclusion of last season, with the President Athletic Conference and the HCLC forming their own respective leagues.
For the full 2019 schedule, visit the link above.
Contact: Tyler Jester