Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team fought back from an early six-goal deficit, but it was not enough as the Panthers ultimately fell to Transylvania 13-11 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Pioneers (12-4, 8-0 HCLC) and the Blue and Red (11-5, 6-2 HCLC) hold the top two spots respectively in the end-of-season Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference standings, meaning each squad will host their HCLC opening round matchups against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and Earlham (Ind.), respectively.
Transylvania came out of the gates hot, as they notched a pair of scores inside the first five minutes to take an early 2-0 lead with 10:38 on the clock. They would hold HC scoreless for the remainder of the frame and add two more goals, extending a 4-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
They started the second segment by hitting the back of the net twice in just over five minutes to secure a 6-0 upper hand with 9:42 left in the half. Less than a minute later, however, junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) put the Panthers on the board to trim the deficit to 6-1 with 9:00 to go until halftime. From 8:35 to 4:26, senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) lit up the scoreboard with three goals, helping Hanover to close the gap to 6-4 at the break.
The Pioneers opened up scoring in the second half with 14:00 remaining in the third frame. Following, HC responded with a trio of goals, with two coming from junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) at 12:10 and 2:48, to knot the score at 7-7. Transylvania came back and hit the back of the net at 2:39 and 0:09 to reclaim a 9-7 lead at the conclusion of the third quarter.
After Transy scored first in the fourth, freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and King tallied goals at 9:51 and 8:48 to bring the score to 10-9. To answer, the Pioneers went on a string of three unanswered scores between 7:41 and 2:04 to take a 13-9 advantage. Though Hanover had two scores in six seconds from King and Schell at 1:29 and 1:23, they were unable to complete the comeback.
Schell ended the afternoon with five goals, which effectively helped him notch a season-high of 28 in 2019. Additionally, Schell led the squad with 10 groundballs and added two caused turnovers. King zinged three past the goalie, while Boylston tallied three points on two scores and one assist.
Defensively, junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) forced a trio of Pioneer errors and corralled seven groundballs. In goal, junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made 17 saves and snagged four grounders.
The Panthers will next take the field for the opening round of the HCLC Tournament when they host Earlham, with action slated for 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 1.
Contact: Tyler Jester