Men's lacrosse drops conference opener at Transylvania

Bret Schell

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.

Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) scored both of his goals in the first half. Seniors Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) and Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) each added scores in the 30 minutes as well.

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.

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