Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - After a pair of victories in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference this past week, the Hanover men's lacrosse team swept the conference's weekly awards that were announced Monday afternoon.
Juniors Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) and Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) are each receiving their second nominations of the season; including their previous selections with the defensive nod gained by junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.), the Panthers have now been given five league awards in the same number of weeks.
This is the first weekly sweep for Hanover since Dubrava and Joseph DeLeo did it in 2018 for a pair of successes over Earlham and Westminster (Pa.). Coincidentally, HC has beaten each opponent in a similar fashion both years: The Panthers rallied from deficits in both meetings with the Titans, with this season's bout ending in a 14-13 triple overtime final. Meanwhile, the squad has beaten the Quakers handily in both of the last two campaigns.
King drew attention for tallying 17 points over two contests against Anderson (Ind.) and Earlham (Ind.) on April 3 and April 6. Versus the Ravens, King racked up a career-high nine points on four goals and five assists, as HC cruised to a 17-3 victory. In action with the Quakers, King hit the back of the net on five occasions while dishing a trio of dimes to aid the Blue and Red in a 21-1 triumph. On the week, King shot 50 percent while putting nearly three-quarters of his attempts on goal.
Across the league, King has top three totals in goals, assists, and total points. Among the highlights of this list are assists and total points, as he sits tied for the conference pace in helpers (24), while topping all foes with 50 points.
In the net, Dubrava played slightly over 60 minutes combined in the two meetings. During that span, he allowed zero scores and made seven saves. As a result, his goal against average improved to 9.12, while his save percentage jumped to .581, which is second in the HCLC. As well as his stop rate, Dubrava's marks for goal against average and total saves (100) slot second in the league.
The Panthers will next take the field at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, when they travel to Schueler Field for action against conference rival Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).
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