Early offense leads to 21-4 victory for men's lacrosse

Tyler Kordesich

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's lacrosse team scored 10 first quarter goals en route to a 21-4 home victory over Anderson Wednesday afternoon.

The Panthers have now won five straight overall and are 11-4 this season. Hanover's six-game winning streak in Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference play moves the team to 6-1 this spring.

The Blue and Red scored 10 first quarter goals while blanking the Ravens (1-11, 0-7 HCLC) in the first 15-minute period. Hanover tallied seven of its goals in the first seven minutes and later added three in the final 3:49 of the frame.

The Panthers went on to outscore Anderson 5-2 in the second quarter to take a 15-2 lead into the intermission. Hanover won 18-of-19 first-half faceoffs and outshot AU, 29-6.

The second half saw a 6-2 edge on the scoreboard for HC, including a 4-0 advantage in the third period. Freshman Colt Lambdin (Traverse City, Mich.) scored all three of his goals in the second half to spearhead the attack over the final 30 minutes.

Leading the way for Hanover were junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio). King tallied all five of his goals in the first quarter and added a pair of first half assists to finish with seven points. Kimmins logged four goals and three assists, recording six of his seven points before halftime. Sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) added three scores and two helpers for five total points.

Along with Lambdin, senior Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) and junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) pitched in with multiple goals as well. Overall, HC outshot AU, 51-19, including a 35-12 edge on cage.

Senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) was a perfect 12-for-12 in faceoffs, all of which came in the first half. Schell retrieved all seven of his team-high groundballs in the first half as well.

Defensively, junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) and freshman Sean O'Meara (Lexington, Ky.) each played one half in goal, making four saves apiece. Freshman Jackson Parrish (Noblesville, Ind.) had three caused turnovers and three groundballs, all in the second half, while sophomore Max Kleiman (Hudson, Ohio) and freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) added five grounders each. Meinhart, as well as senior Tyler Kordesich (Walkerton, Ind.), finished with one goal and one assist.

Hanover will close the regular season with a 1 p.m. contest, Saturday, April 27, against Transylvania. A win for the Panthers would earn them a share of the regular season HCLC title with the Pioneers.

Contact: Tyler Jester