INDIANAPOLIS – After a complete performance in a 22-2 victory over Mt. St. Joseph last Saturday, Hanover men's lacrosse athletes Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) and Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) have been named Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
The Panthers are sweeping the HCLC awards for the second time in three weeks and now have eight honors in seven weeks this spring. Kimmins has won the offensive award in back-to-back weeks for his only two career awards. Clay is receiving his second award of the season and third of his collegiate career.
During Hanover's win, Kimmins paced the team with seven goals, while also tying for the Panther high in total points, 10. The sophomore's seven goals gives him 52 on the season, which breaks the single season program record of 48, set by Josh Green in 2014. The attacker added three assists, five groundballs and two caused turnovers in the win. Kimmins and junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.), who also had 10 points in the win over MSJ, are now tied for the third highest single game total in school history.
Fresh off a school-record 21 groundballs at Mt. St. Joseph back on April 10, Clay retrieved 14 this past Saturday in the second game against the Lions. The junior also made history over the weekend, setting the new school record for caused turnovers in a game, forcing seven. Overall, the Panther defense forced 22 of the 36 MSJ giveaways and conceded just seven total shot attempts. Conversely, HC recorded 63 shots in the contest.
Both Kimmins and Clay are leading the HCLC in respective season categories. Kimmins tops the league in goals scored and ranks 16th nationally in goals per game, 3.71. Clay has a league-leading 120 groundballs, as his per game average of 8.57 is 22nd in Division III.
The Blue and Red have now won four straight games overall, eight of their last nine outings, and five straight in league competition. Saturday's win improved the squad to 10-4 overall (5-1 HCLC), which sets a new single season record for total wins.
Hanover will look to continue its winning ways when the team welcomes Anderson for a 4 p.m. contest, Wednesday, April 24.
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