Men’s lacrosse set for clash with Mount St. Joseph this week

Bret Schell

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team will look to continue its hot start to Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference season with a bout against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).

The Panthers will travel to face the Lions at Schueler Field, with action set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10.

DUBRAVA, KING EARN POTW HONORS: Juniors Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) and Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) swept the HCLC Player of the Week awards for their respective performances on the offensive and defensive side of the ball that aided HC to a 2-0 weekly record. This is the first time the Blue and Red have garnered both honors in the same week since Dubrava and Joseph DeLeo did so in 2018. Effectively, Hanover is 8-4 overall with a 3-1 conference slate.

Offensively, King racked up 17 points on nine goals and eight assists in competition with Anderson (Ind.) and Earlham (Ind.) on April 3 and 6. In his appearance versus the Ravens, King set a new career-high of nine points achieved with four scores and five helpers. He followed it up by hitting the back of the net on five occasions, aiding him to an eight-point showing against the Quakers. In total, the week saw King shoot over 50 percent with a .722 shot on goal mark. In 2019, he leads the HCLC with 50 points, while posting top-three totals in goals and assists.

Dubrava totaled 60 minutes in goal for the Panther defense, allowing zero scores while stopping seven shots. Per result, his goal against average improved to 9.12; meanwhile, his save percentage increased to .581. In both cases, Dubrava has the second-best number in the league. Dubrava also has the second-highest number of total saves in the conference with 100.

IN THE MIDFIELD: Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) are the top two in the HCLC with respective groundball totals of 86 and 85. Each is a collegiate-best, with Schell's largely coming in the faceoff. Over the pair of contests last week, Schell went 26-for-28 from the faceoff "x," with an unblemished 15-of-15 coming against Anderson. In that game, Schell totaled three points on a score and a pair of dimes, while corralling a team-high 13 groundballs. On the year, Schell has 20 goals and 14 helpers for 34 points, with a .642 faceoff winning percentage.

Clay has done his primary damage on defense, as he is top five in the HCLC with 17 caused turnovers. In competition with the Ravens and the Quakers, Clay totaled 12 grounders to aid the Blue and Red, with eight coming against Earlham.  

AT THE ATTACK: Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) leads the HCLC with 37 scores and sits second in points with 46 after counting his nine dimes. He tallied ten points over the clashes with the Ravens and Quakers. Notably against Earlham, Kimmins hit the back of the net on five occasions to aid HC in victory. In his two outing, Kimmins shot 57 percent overall including a .800 mark on goal.

Sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) notched eight points apiece over last week's action. Wheeler had five scores and a trio of helpers, with one goal and two assists coming versus Anderson. In addition, Wheeler led Hanover with seven groundballs. In 12 matchups thus far, Wheeler leads all conference foes with more than 20 shot attempts at a .514 shooting percentage.

Meinhart hit the back of the net four times and dealt a quartet of helpers over the same span. In recent memory, Meinhart has scored in six consecutive contests, with a collegiate-high five points coming against the Quakers on four goals and an assist. This far into the campaign, Meinhart leads all freshmen with 13 goals and nine dimes for 22 points.

SCOUTING MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: The Lions of Mount St. Joseph have accrued a 0-10 overall record that includes a 0-3 mark in the HCLC. They are led in scoring by sophomore Kevin McClanahan, who has 14 scores and 15 points. The Blue and Red have been victorious in four straight head-to-heads with MSJ, with no losses since the 2013 season.

Contact: Tyler Jester