Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team will look to capture its fifth consecutive conference victory when it hosts MSJ on Senior Day at Alumni Stadium.
The Panthers (9-4, 4-1 HCLC) will square off versus the Lions in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader, with the contest slated for 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20.
KIMMINS WINS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For his performance at Mount St. Joseph on April 10, sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) garnered his first Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference offensive player of the week award. Kimmins had eight goals and a pair of assists, aiding HC to a 23-2 victory.
On the year, Kimmins now has 45 scores, which is the most since Josh Green accomplished the feat back in 2014. With 11 dimes, Kimmins' total of 56 points is second in the HCLC. In the nation, Kimmins is 29th in goals per game, (3.46) while his .433 shot percentage ranks among DIII leaders and third in the conference.
GLOWING ON OFFENSE: Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) has 58 points on the year, making him the only HCLC player with a higher total than Kimmins. King also leads the league with 29 helpers and sits amongst the top five in scores at the same number. Of those points, King has accumulated 25 over the past three, which were all inter-conference showdowns on the road.
Highlighting these was an appearance against Anderson (Ind.) on April 3, when King amassed a career-high nine points. His balance has put him in good company, as his 4.46 points per game sit among national leaders, as do his 2.23 assists per outing, which is the 38th-highest mark in Division III.
Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) has seven points over the past two games, as he hit the back of the net on a pair of instances while adding five dimes. Against MSJ, Schell had one score and a trio of assists in the victory. In the face off, Schell was 14-of-15 and gathered eight ground balls for the Blue and Red.
On the season, Schell has 21 goals and 17 helpers for 38 total points. Schell has accrued a collegiate-high in dimes and is just five scores from tying his freshman total of 26. From the face off "x," Schell has a .664 percentage, going 140-for-211 so far, which beats the .660 clip that senior Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) won them at during his 2016 freshman campaign. On the ground, Schell has 94 groundballs, which is the second-loftiest total in the league.
Sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been one of the most efficient shooters in the HCLC, as he currently leads it with a .500 shot percentage that ranks 21st in the country by NCAA qualifications. Wheeler has racked up 12 points over his last three games, with nine coming over the past two. He followed a career-high five point outing against Earlham (Ind.) on April 6 by hitting the back of the net on four occasions versus the Lions for his collegiate-high in scores. In total, Wheeler has 29 points on 22 goals and seven assists.
STOPPING THE OPPOSITION: Junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) logged a career-best 21 grounders in competition with Mount St. Joseph and now leads the HCLC with 106 groundballs. On top of that, Clay registered a trio of caused turnovers and now is fourth in the conference with 20. Clay has had four performances of double-digit ground ball retrievals, aiding him to a per-contest of 8.15 that is 29th in the nation. In forced giveaways, he also sits among the Division III leaders with 1.54 per game.
Fellow classmate Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) has held it down for the Blue and Red in the net this year. Dubrava's save percentage of .580 leads the HCLC and is currently 30th in DIII, while his 8.56 goals against average is second in the league and top 50 in the country. Dubrava has allowed just 22 goals in five starts against HCLC foes, with only four surrendered in the last four league showdowns.
SCOUTING MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: The Lions of Mount St. Joseph are currently 0-12 on the year and 0-5 in the HCLC. Hanover will be hosting the second meeting between the two squads this year, as HC looks for its second triumph over the Lions in 2019 and its sixth consecutive in the series.
Contact: Tyler Jester