NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Hanover men's lacrosse team won its third straight outing Saturday afternoon, defeating Muskingum on the road, 12-7.
The Panthers (3-1) tallied three or more goals in each of the first three quarters and had six different players score in the win. Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) and sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) tied for the team high in goals with three each, with Fonner also dishing out one assist.
Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) helped in a balanced offensive attack, recording two goals and five assists for a team-high seven points. King's five helpers ties a career high, while his point total fell just one shy of tying a personal-best mark. Sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) added two goals and one assist.
Defensively, junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) notched a season-high 17 saves, including 12 in the second half. The junior now has 12 games in his collegiate career with 15-plus stops. Classmate Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) paced the Panthers with nine groundballs, while freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) added five groundballs and one assist.
Hanover got off to a fast start, as Kimmins scored less than 20 seconds in off a pass from Fonner. King and Wheeler each scored near the end of the first quarter as HC led 3-1 after 15 minutes of play.
The second quarter saw the Blue and Red outscore the Fighting Muskies (2-2) by a count of 4-1, with Kimmins picking up two more goals. Fonner recorded a man-up goal, while Wheeler added his second score to give HC a 7-2 lead at the intermission.
Senior Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.), who assisted on two goals in the first half, was the first player in the second half to find the back of the net, giving Hanover an 8-2 advantage at the 12:36 mark of the third period. The Panthers led by as many as six on two occasions, once on the Alessia goal and again after Fonner scored a man-up at 10:04 in the third, making the score 9-3.
Muskingum rallied for the remainder of the period but a goal from junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) assisted in a four-score advantage for HC, 11-7, with 15 minutes left to play. King logged the only score for either side of the fourth quarter, as his goal, off a pass from Wheeler, gave HC the 12-7 edge. Dubrava made eight saves during the final frame to help preserve the five-goal victory.
Hanover capitalized on its extra-man opportunities, going five-for-seven in the contest. The defense was also strong on the penalty kill, allowing just one Muskingum goal on five opportunities.
Hanover will look to continue its winning ways when the team opens Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play at Transylvania next Wednesday, March 13. The Panthers and Pioneers, the top two favorites in the preseason conference coaches poll, are slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Contact: Tyler Jester