Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team will look to continue its recent success this week with a pair of away matchups against Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference foes.
The Panthers (6-4, 1-1 HCLC) will face Anderson (Ind.) at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, before trekking to take on Earlham (Ind.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6.
SETTING THE STAGE: The Blue and Red have been the winners in three of their last four bouts, including an 18-4 victory over the Quakers on March 17 to open conference play. As a unit, HC has a league-leading .814 clearing percentage as well as an HCLC-pacing .316 shooting clip.
AT THE ATTACK: Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) has 28 goals and eight assists for 36 points, with his scoring and point totals sitting at the top of the conference. Kimmins has accrued five of his eight dimes in the past three outings, with one coming on the opening score of Hanover's meeting with North Central (Ill.). Over the same span, he has hit the back of the net 10 times, averaging to five points per game.
Classmate Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) assisted on Kimmins' goal against the Cardinals on March 30 that helped HC close the gap just three seconds before halftime. With that, Wheeler has one point or more in eight of nine appearances in 2019, totaling 17 points on 13 scores and four helpers. On 25 shots, his .520 shot percentage and .800 shot on goal marks best all of his league adversaries with 20-plus attempts.
Freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) registered a score against North Central, and now has nine points in his last four showings while shooting at a .316 clip. With nine goals, five assists, and 14 points, he leads all first years in scoring. Additionally, with 21 groundballs, Meinhart paces the attackers in the category.
MANNING THE MIDFIELD: Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) continues to aid the Panthers with his versatility. Versus the Cardinals, Schell put up a score and a dime, while managing a 10-of-16 slate in the faceoffs. On the year, Schell has hit the back of the net 19 times and has added 12 helpers for 31 points. Taking over as the lead man from the faceoff "x," Schell has produced a .595 winning margin, which is the second-highest in the conference.
Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) led HC with two goals against North Central, and now has 17 scores, 16 dimes and 33 points in 2019. King is tied for third in the league in points, with eight of them coming in the triumph over Earlham earlier in the season. King has had his two career-best performances against the Quakers, as his other appearance of eight points came in 2018 when the Panthers garnered a 24-0 win.
Junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) has assisted on six scores in his last three outings, and how has 16 points on 11 dimes and a quintet of goals. Halfway into 2019, Boylston has well surpassed his season-high of six assists in 2018, and is just one point away from hitting his sophomore total of 17. Recently, Boylston dished a trio of helpers against Westminster (Pa.) on March 24, including the game-winner to Schell in triple overtime.
STOUT DEFENSE: Junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) leads the HCLC with 73 groundballs and is third in the league with 17 caused turnovers. Clay has five-plus grounders in eight of nine contests in 2019, with an active streak of four showings. Versus North Central, Clay led the squad with seven groundballs while adding a forced giveaway.
Junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) has held down the net all season, posting some of the nation's best numbers in save percentage (.564) and goals allowed average (10.51). In 2019, Dubrava has five appearances of double-digit stops, as he averages 10.33 saves per contest.
SCOUTING ANDERSON: The Anderson Ravens are currently 1-6 overall with a 0-2 mark in the HCLC. As it stands, freshman Jacob Spratley leads Anderson in scoring with 11 goals and 15 points. In recent action against Wilmington (Ohio), the Ravens tied the FIghting Quakers at 8-8 in the third quarter before a Wilmington run overwhelmed Anderson.
SCOUTING EARLHAM: The Earlham Quakers are 2-7 in 2019 that includes a 2-2 slate in the HCLC. The Quakers' most recent head-to-head competition was against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on March 30, when Earlham gained a 13-9 advantage over the Lions. The Quakers will travel to Wabash (Ind.) at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 before hosting the Panthers. This will be the second meeting this year between the two teams, as HC will be looking for a regular season sweep.
Contact: Tyler Jester