Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team will close out the 2019 regular season with a pair of home contests against Anderson (Ind.) and Transylvania (Ky.) at Alumni Stadium this week.
The Panthers will play host to the Ravens at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, before squaring off versus the Pioneers at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27.
THE HOME STRETCH: Entering the final week of the regular season, the Blue and Red are 10-4 overall. In Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, their 5-1 slate is good for second in the league standings. In recent memory, HC has been victorious in four straight outings, and seven of its last eight.
KIMMINS, CLAY SWEEP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) and junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) each garnered HCLC Player of the Week on their respective sides of the ball for their performances against Mount St. Joseph on April 20.
For Kimmins, this is his second consecutive week receiving league honors on offense after having put up 10 points at MSJ on April 20. In their recent Senior Day showdown at Alumni Stadium, Kimmins had seven goals and three assists to aid in the 22-2 victory. With his most recent appearance, Kimmins now holds the best single season goal total of 52, breaking the record Josh Green set back in 2014. Kimmins' scoring total leads the conference, while his 66 points are second among HCLC rivals. Additionally, his shot percentage of .437 ranks second by NCAA qualifications.
Meanwhile, this is Clay's second Defensive Player of the Week award this year and the third in his career. After having 21 groundballs against MSJ on April 10, he corralled 14 when HC hosted them on April 20. Additionally, Clay caused a program-best seven turnovers in the Senior Day victory. In 2019, Clay paces the HCLC with 120 groundballs, while slotting fourth with 27 forced errors. Overall, his 8.57 groundballs per game rank 22nd in NCAA Division III.
SCHELL SHOWING VERSATILITY: Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) has been involved heavily in scoring and on faceoffs, producing collegiate-bests in each. With eight points in his last two showings, Schell now has a career-high 42 season points on 23 scores and 19 dimes. On Senior Day versus MSJ, Schell hit the back of the net twice and dished out a pair of helpers, while going 17-of-18 from the faceoff "x" and grabbing nine groundballs. Schell has 103 total grounders in 2019, which ranks second in the HCLC. Moreover, his .686 faceoff winning percentage heads the league and is 16th in Division III.
OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER: Junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) matched Kimmins' point total on April 20, as he totaled 10 points of his own on four scores and six assists. In the last two games, King has 18 points on seven goals and 11 dimes, helping him to a conference-leading 68 points. King has had a penchant for dishing out dimes, as his 2.50 assist per game clip ranks 25th in Division III, while his 35 helpers lead the HCLC. Additionally, his total scoring has him among the national leaders in points per game, as his pace of 4.86 is in the top 40.
Another personal-best performance was had against the Lions by sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.). That afternoon, he notched seven points by hitting the back of the net on four occasions and distributing a trio of assists. He has 11 points over the last two, bumping him up to 36 points on 26 goals and 10 helpers. By NCAA qualifications, Wheeler leads the league in shooting percentage, making nearly half of his attempts at a .491 clip.
Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) now has a career-high of 37 season points, coming from 21 scores and 16 dimes. In each of the last two outings against Mount St. Joseph, Fonner has three goals and an assist. On April 20, Fonner did his damage on four shots, while corralling a trio of groundballs. With scores in four consecutive and 14 points over that span, Fonner has now registered a score in 28 of his last 29 appearances dating back to 2018.
SCOUTING ANDERSON: The Anderson Ravens are 1-10 on the year with an 0-6 mark in the HCLC. On April 3 when these two squads met, Hanover won by a score of 17-3 behind a nine-point outing from King. Freshman Jonathan Orloff leads Anderson in goals scored in 2019 with 18.
SCOUTING TRANSYLVANIA: The Transylvania Pioneers are 11-4 overall with a 7-0 conference slate. On March 13, HC lost to the Pioneers 22-5 after they fell victim to a second quarter run. The Blue and Red will be looking for their first triumph over Transylvania since 2015, when they earned an 8-7 victory in overtime.
Contact: Tyler Jester