Fonner extends point streak to 21 matches; Panthers fall to Kean 16-7

Dallas Fonner

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team fell in the first of its two neutral site contests on its 2019 calendar to Kean (N.J.) by a score of 16-7 Saturday afternoon at Bellarmine University (Ky.).

The Panthers (3-3) struck early, as sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) converted on a pass from junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) to take a 1-0 advantage with 13:46 on the first quarter clock. The Blue and Red remained up for over 12 minutes, as they and the Cougars engaged in a highly defensive game. However, Kean was able to knot the score with 42 seconds remaining in the frame, and at the end of the quarter the score was tied at one apiece.

In the second, the Cougars opened scoring to grab a 2-1 lead with 12:18 left in the half. They followed that with three goals in as many minutes, and were up 5-1 with 9:59 remaining in the period. Kean would notch a sixth unanswered goal before senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) fired back with 3:06 reamining in the half to bring it to a 6-2 gap.

The Cougars responded by hitting the back of the net with 1:54 left, as Jack Bushey scored his second goal of the half. The rest of the frame remained scoreless, and after 30 minutes Kean held a 7-2 lead.

Hanover accrued 11 saves from junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) in the first two periods, with seven in the first quarter alone. The Panthers had a disparity in shots, however, as the Cougars had 23 to their 5, with a 14-2 margin in the second frame.

Kean started the third quarter fast with a trio of goals inside the first five minutes to take a 10-2 lead. Kimmins and sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) were the lone scorers for almost nine minutes and helped to bring HC to 10-4 with 1:45 on the third period clock. The Cougars would respond by hitting the back of the net six times the rest of the way to the Panthers' three makes.

Kimmins would add two goals in the fourth, while Schell added his second on the afternoon. Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) kept his point streak alive as he dished an assist to Kimmins with 1:46 left in the contest. Effectively, he is now at 21 consecutive outings with an offensive point.

Kean had an 18-11 edge at the faceoff "x," and went 11-of-13 in the first half. This helped the Cougars to a 38-26 margin in groundballs and 47-21 advantage in total shots. The Panthers had 19 saves to the Cougars' eight, as Dubrava notched a season-high 18 stops in the net.

The Blue and Red will have a quick turnaround as they host Earlham in Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference action at Alumni Stadium at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 17. 

Contact: Tyler Jester