Men's lacrosse takes low-scoring affair at Calvin, 6-5

Noah Dubrava

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team used another long scoring run to sneak past Calvin (Mich.) on the road Thursday evening, 6-5.

The Panthers (2-1), who opened the Michigan trip with a 19-8 victory at Adrian, thanks to a 7-0 second-quarter score, tallied four consecutive goals in the second half Thursday to assist in the win over Calvin (1-2). Hanover has won two of its first three games for just the second time in program history, with the other occurrence coming 2014.

The Blue and Red found themselves in an early hole, as the Knights found the back of the net twice in the first nine minutes of play to take a 2-0 advantage. Hanover was able to keep Calvin off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half, outshooting the Knights 13-9 over the final 21:10.

The Panthers scored once near the end of the first quarter and added the tying goal early in the second frame to tie the contest at two-all by the game's intermission. Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) scored unassisted at the 1:40 mark of the opening quarter. With just over one minute off the second-quarter clock, junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) logged a goal off a pass from Schell, one of his three helpers in the contest.

Each side logged 18 shot attempts in the second half, and it was Calvin that took an early advantage with a goal at the 13:21 mark of the third quarter. Hanover though, held the Knights scoreless for nearly 26 minutes, while scoring four times in a 12-minute stretch to take a 6-3 lead.

Schell assisted twice during the run, once to sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and again to Fonner. Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) found the back of the net in the third, while sophomore Ian Kimmins' (Dayton, Ohio) goal, off a pass from senior Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.), gave HC the three-score edge with 9:37 left to play.

Calvin would not go away quietly, as the Knights rattled off two quick goals down the stretch to pull within one at 6-5. Needing to win the face-off, Schell took one of his eight victories at the "X," as junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) picked up the groundball for possession.

However, a turnover with one minute remaining gave Calvin an opportunity to try and find the equalizing goal. The Knights got off three shots late, including one on goal, but junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) turned away the attempt on net to secure the win for HC.

Dubrava made a season-high 12 saves in the victory. Schell logged a team-best seven groundballs, while Clay added five recoveries.

Overall, HC enjoyed a 36-34 edge in total shots, led by Schell's 12 tries. Fonner logged 7 shots as well, with five coming on goal. Hanover was 10-of-14 in face-offs, with Schell pacing the Panthers at 8-for-12.

Hanover will look to build off the road wins when they continue a six-game stretch away from home with a trip to Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference rival, Mt. St. Joseph. The Panthers and Lions are slated to open conference play at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6.

Contact: Tyler Jester