Third quarter barrage from Centre sinks Panthers in season opener

Eric Clay

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - A pair of juniors in Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) and Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) maintained their active point streaks for the Hanover men's lacrosse team, but it was not enough as they suffered an 18-8 loss against Centre (Ky.) Saturday afternoon.

Fonner and King combined for five assists on the day, with Fonner adding a first-quarter goal for four points on the afternoon. Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) paced HC offensively with five scores and one dime. Of Kimmins' five goals, four came in the first 30 minutes.

The Panthers (0-1) struck first on the scoreboard after King dished a pass to Kimmins for a goal with 13:35 left in the first period. After a pair of goals from Centre (2-1) at the 12:57 and 10:25 marks, Kimmins knotted the score at two apiece off of a helper from freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) with 6:48 remaining. The Colonels and the Blue and Red traded goals in the succeeding minute before Centre closed the opening quarter on a 3-0 run to grab a 6-3 lead.

Following an opening period that saw two ties and three lead changes, sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) closed the gap to 6-4 off a pass from King with 11:52 to go in the second. The Colonels hit the back of the net twice in just over two minutes following before Hanover responded with a pair of scores from Kimmins and Fonner, respectively, making it an 8-6 Centre advantage with 8:06 left in the first half. However, the Colonels had two unanswered scores to close out the frame as they lead 10-6 going into halftime.

The third quarter was a struggle for HC, as Centre outscored them 7-0 in the period. Man-up opportunities proved critical in these 15 minutes, as the Colonels were three-for-three in the third while the Blue and Red were unable to convert on their lone chance in the third frame. Overall, Centre made good on all four man-ups in the contest, while the Panthers went just one-for-six on the day.

Kimmins and Meinhart each had personal milestones in the fourth quarter, where Hanover outscored the Colonels 2-1. For Kimmins, he hit the back of the net with 3:35 remaining for his career-highs in goals and points in a game, with five and six, respectively. Moreover, Meinhart notched his first collegiate goal off a dish from Fonner with 1:57 left.

Defensively, freshman Sean O'Meara (Lexington, Ky.) had 11 saves for the Panthers while junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) had a personal-best six caused turnovers. Adding to the mix was senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio), who grabbed 10 groundballs, caused a pair of turnovers, and went 8-of-17 in faceoffs.

The Blue and Red will look to garner their first victory on the season when they travel to face Adrian (Mich.), with action slated for 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester