LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team fell on the road at Transylvania (Ky.) Wednesday evening, 22-5, in both sides Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference opener.
With the score tied at two-all near the midway point of the first quarter, the Panthers (3-2, 0-1 HCLC) fell victim to seven straight goals by the Pioneers (4-2, 1-0 HCLC). Transylvania, who outscored HC 9-2 in the second quarter, led by a count of 13-4 at the intermission.
The Pioneers went on to outscore HC 9-1 in the second half for the conference-opening victory. Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) scored the lone Panther goal of the second half on a man-up opportunity with 4:38 left in the third. Fonner assisted on a goal in the first half, giving HC six players with at least one offensive point Wednesday.
Transylvania used a 25-5 edge in face-offs to help secure a 64-15 advantage in total shots. The Pioneers were 11-of-12 in face-offs during their second quarter scoring spurt.
Junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) got the start in goal, making 16 saves for his third straight appearance with double-digit stops. Freshman Sean O'Meara (Lexington, Ky.) logged the final 15 minutes in net, facing six shots, allowing two goals and making two saves.
Junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) retrieved a team-best five groundballs, while Schell recorded three caused turnovers.
Hanover will look to bounce back when the team faces Kean (N.J.) in a neutral-site contest Saturday, March 16. The Panthers and Cougars will square off at NCAA Division I Bellarmine, in Louisville, Ky., with an approximate 3 p.m. start time.
Contact: Tyler Jester