HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team was the first team on the scoreboard Saturday afternoon at the Park Tudor School in Indianapolis; however, scoring runs in each half overcame the Panthers, as they fell to North Central (Ill.) by a score of 12-5.
The Blue and Red (6-4) took an early 1-0 lead with 9:39 left in the first quarter when sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) assisted junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) in finding the back of the net. The Cardinals (7-1) though, answered with five consecutive goals between the 6:14 mark of the first frame and 14:26 in the second. King and Kimmins each added scores for the Panthers in the second period, and at halftime HC trailed 7-3.
Hanover held the Cardinals scoreless for much of the third quarter, during which time senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) notched makes. After Meinhart's score with 1:40 on the clock, the Panthers had brought the tally to a 7-5 Cardinal advantage. From there, North Central did not allow another HC score and effectively pulled away.
Offensively, Kimmins, King, and Schell all had two points; Kimmins and Schell each had a score and a dime, while King had two goals to lead the Blue and Red. Schell added a 10-for-16 slate in faceoffs and an offensive-leading five groundballs.
Defensively, freshman Sean O'Meara (Lexington, Ky.) made his first collegiate start, accruing 15 saves and six groundballs. Junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) led HC with seven grounders while also causing one turnover.
The Panthers will look to get back on track when they travel to face Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference rival Anderson (Ind.) at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3.
Contact: Tyler Jester