Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team will look to continue its positive momentum as they enter their second consecutive week on the road.
The Panthers will begin their week by opening up Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play at Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), with action slated for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6. A few days later, the Blue and Red will trek to Muskingum (Ohio) for a contest at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9.
MOTORING IN MICHIGAN: Hanover has amassed a 2-1 overall record in the 2019 campaign and is riding a two-game winning streak following its trip to Michigan over winter break. Following a season-opening loss to Centre (Ky.) at Alumni Stadium, HC garnered a pair of victories against Adrian (Mich.) and Calvin (Mich.) by scores of 19-8 and 6-5, respectively.
In the Adrian matchup, senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) led all scorers with five goals and one assist, and was one of 10 players to hit the back of the net. Moreover, Schell went 15-of-23 from the faceoff "x" and scooped up eight groundballs to round out his statline. On the year, Schell leads the Panthers in scoring with 11 points on six goals and five assists. In all three categories, Schell ranks among the top five in the HCLC, including his five dimes, which are tied for the league lead.
Schell was also integral in the 6-5 triumph over the Knights, where he scored once and added three helpers on the day. Of his trio of assists, two went to junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.), who was the lone player for the Blue and Red with multiple goals on the day. In the net, junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) was also key to closing out Calvin, as he made 12 saves on a .706 save percentage to aid the defense.
OFFENSIVE STATS AND STREAKS: Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) has notched an HCLC-leading eight goals and is third in total points with nine. Kimmins has been one of the most accurate shooters among his foes, as his .444 mark is the best in the conference when considering players with 10-plus shots.
Fonner along with junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) extended their respective point streaks to 18 and 17 games after beginning their years with points in each of the first three matchups. Fonner has three goals and four assists for seven points, while King has a trio of scores and five dimes for eight points on the year. King had his best performance thus far against the Bulldogs on Feb. 26, when he hit the back of the net on a pair of occasions and added a trio of helpers for five points.
DRIVING THE DEFENSE: Dubrava has been one of the premiere goalkeepers in the HCLC in all games including his appearance versus Calvin. Over the three head-to-heads, Dubrava has a .568 save percentage and 16 goals allowed for an 8.89 goals allowed average, all of which are among the conference bests.
Junior midfielder Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) currently leads HC with eight caused turnovers defensively, including a career-high of six against Centre. Clay has forced one turnover or more in each contest while also corralling five or more groundballs. In the victory over the Bulldogs, Clay scooped up 10 grounders and now has 20 on the year.
Junior Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) has five caused turnovers, which leads all of the listed defenders. In both of their road tilts in Michigan, Trachtman registered two forced giveaways while adding another versus Centre on Feb. 23. Against Calvin, one of the forced turnovers by Trachtman lead to an offensive sequence for the Blue and Red that resulted in a go-ahead score near the end of the third period.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: The Mount St. Joseph Lions are currently 0-3 on the year and will also be opening their conference calendar with their action against Hanover. The Panthers have been the victors of four consecutive against the Lions since their last loss in 2013.
The Muskingum Fighting Muskies are 2-1 on the campaign, most recently taking a 16-5 loss to Calvin on March 2. Prior to that contest, the Fighting Muskies claimed victories over La Roche and former Ohio River Lacrosse Conference institution Bethany (W. Va.). Muskingum is led in scoring by sophomore Josh Fletcher, who has 15 points off of seven goals and eight assists.
Contact: Tyler Jester