Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse position preview series continues in this second volume with a look at the Panther midfielders, who accounted for 91 of the Blue and Red's 165 goals in the 2018 campaign.
The seniors are headlined by senior Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia), who in his three seasons has a career .610 win percentage in face-offs, including a .660 mark in his freshman year. Green is a multi-time conference award recipient, garnering Freshman of the Year in 2016 and an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference All-First Team selection in 2017. Despite missing four games due to injury last season, Green was an integral part of Hanover's success, such as his performance against Earlham on April 4. For the contest, Green went 19-of-22 at the face-off "x" while adding nine groundballs and an assist in the 24-0 victory.
Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) earned an ORLC Honorable Mention for his 2018 season in which he posted 23 goals and three assists for 26 points. His junior numbers were his best in many facets, as Schell had career-highs in faceoff victories (73), shot percentage (.267), caused turnovers (11) and groundballs (66). Moreover, Schell's 66 grounders was the squad's best total. With the departure of Joseph DeLeo, Schell is now the Panthers' active scoring leader with 90 points.
Rounding out the class of 2019 are seniors Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) and Tyler Kordesich (Walkerton, Ind.). Alessia had personal-bests in groundballs and caused turnovers last year, totaling 33 and 12 in the respective categories. His best statistical outing last season was a matchup in the ORLC opener against Bethany (W. Va.), when he tallied two assists, five groundballs, and three caused turnovers, all of which were season-highs.
Kordesich completed his first campaign as a member of the Blue and Red with 13 appearances that translated to one goal, one groundball and two caused turnovers. Kordesich registered his first collegiate score against Mount St. Joseph on April 25, when his goal aided the Panthers to an 18-2 victory over the Lions.
Of all returning midfielders, junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) had the highest 2018 point total, scoring 42 points on 22 goals and 20 helpers, at a .310 shooting clip. After a three-game scoring drought to start the year, King scored one or more goals in each of the 14 contests following. He also dished out assists in 11 of those 14 matchups. On April 25, when the Panthers hosted Earlham, King scored a personal-high eight points with three goals and five dimes.
Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) made a significant jump as a sophomore, when he tripled his scoring output and became a consistent contributor on offense. After notching 10 points as a freshman, Fonner recorded 20 goals and 12 dimes as a sophomore for 32 points, with each number landing inside the top five for HC. After starting the first two contests without a score, Fonner would hit the back of the net in nine straight showings and score at least one point in each of the 15 successive matchups on the calendar. Standing out amongst these was his statline against the Quakers, where Fonner had three goals and dished out three helpers.
The leader of their class in man-up scores during the most recent campaign was junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.), who capitalized on three such opportunities. Overall, Boylston hit the back of the net 11 times and had six assists, totaling 17 points. Against Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) on April 28, Boylston had a career-high four points on a goal and three helpers.
With 60 groundballs over the course of the season, junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) finished second on the squad and put him up to 128 collegiate grounders. At Mount St. Joseph on April 25, Clay corralled 10 groundballs, caused a pair of turnovers, and scored his lone goal in the win.
Sophomore Eric Hopkins (Evansville, Ind.) paces the second-years in scoring with nine total points. His inaugural score came at Chatham (Pa.) on March 31, when he hit the back of the net and added a dime in the 13-6 victory. Classmate Justin Wilson (Fishers, Ind.) had a pair of two-goal contests at St. Vincent (Pa.) and Mount St. Joseph.
Newcomers to the team are junior David Lewis (Indianapolis, Ind.) along with freshmen Colt Lambdin (Traverse City, Mich.) and Mike Zoeller (Indianapolis, Ind.) who will look to provide further depth while developing in this deep group.
Contact: Tyler Jester