CARMEL, Ind. - The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has recently been working with its 10 member institutions to recognize the senior spring sports athletes whose seasons were cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hanover men's lacrosse team boasts a group of eight seniors including Patrick Boylston, Eric Clay, Noah Dubrava, Gabe Dzienny, Dallas Fonner, Noah King, and Andrew Trachtman. This group has combined for 24 victories over the last four seasons. In the 2019 campaign, this group helped vault HC to its first double digit win total in program history. Prior to the end of the 2020 season, the Panthers tallied a pair of victories, including a 10-9 overtime triumph over Westminster (Pa.) in the first outing of the year.
"Thank you to our seniors," added head coach Jeff Roberts. "Over the past two years, I have cherished every laugh and tear shared with these young men. They are a great group of young men on and off the field and I could not thank them enough for all they have done for Hanover Lacrosse. They have left their mark on this program and moved us forward and for that I will always be grateful. They are a special group and I hope nothing but continued success in their future endeavors."
In his four seasons in the Blue and Red, Boylston racked up 70 points on 39 goals and 31 assists. In 2019, Boylston had his best statistical totals with 13 scores and 20 dimes for 33 points. On February 26, 2019, in a clash with Adrian (Mich.), he dished four helpers and hit the back of the net twice for a career-best six points in a 19-8 win. In 2020, Boylston started all seven contests after combining for 14 starts over the previous three seasons.
Playing the role of long stick midfielder, Eric Clay gathered 316 groundballs and caused 63 turnovers over his four years at Hanover. In addition, he totaled six points on four goals and two assists. In 2019, Clay corralled 152 groundballs, breaking the record set by faceoff specialist Sam Green in 2016. In addition, he forced 32 giveaways, en route to an HCLC First Team selection. During the campaign, Clay set his single-game highs of 21 groundballs and seven caused turnovers in successive outings. Clay's play garnered him two HCLC Defensive Player of the Week awards, pushing his career total to three weekly awards. Prior to the end of 2020, Clay amassed 36 groundballs and eight forced errors, along with one goal and one assist.
In the goal, Dubrava set himself apart from the pack quickly, as he earned conference honors in each of his three seasons as a member of the Blue and Red. Over four seasons, he made 622 saves for a .579 save percentage and a 9.39 goal against average. In both 2018 and 2019, Dubrava was named to the league's First Team for his performances. In 2019, Dubrava garnered three HCLC Defensive Player of the Week nods, aiding him to six in his career. Last year in Hanover's HCLC Championship appearance versus Transylvania, Dubrava made a collegiate-best 25 stops. During 2020, he earned one HCLC Defensive Player of the Week award while making 64 saves over six games played.
Over six collegiate appearances, Gabe Dzienny corralled three groundballs and forced one turnover, with much of his statistics coming in 2018, when he played four games. He had two groundballs against Bethany (WV) and forced a turnover versus Mount St. Joseph during the campaign.
Cracking the century mark in career points just prior to his shortened senior season was Dallas Fonner, who found the net 60 times and distributed 40 helpers for 100 points over four years. Fonner was a two-time conference honoree, making the honorable mention squad in 2018 and the second team in 2019. In a stretch spanning his sophomore and junior seasons, Fonner registered one or more points in 24 consecutive clashes. During 2019, Fonner had statistical highs in goals (28), assists (20), points (48), and shot percentage (.378) to aid an offense with a number of capable scorers. Among his college highlights was his performance against Westminster in 2019, where he tallied three scores and three assists en route to a 14-13 victory in triple overtime.
During his tenure at Hanover, Noah King racked up 78 scores and 81 dimes for 159 total points, with 88 of them coming in 2019, when he led the league in both points and assists. In that junior campaign, King had a .425 shot percentage and a .736 shot on goal percentage. His penchant for scoring in bunches earned him two HCLC Offensive Player of the Week awards and an HCLC First Team selection. King set a career-best in points twice during 2019, going for 10 points in a pair of games versus MSJ and Earlham. In the latter, King's involvement helped HC to a 22-6 win in the HCLC Tournament Semifinals.
Rounding out the group is defender Andrew Trachtman, who was named to the HCLC Second Team defense in each of his three campaigns. In 57 games played, Trachtman made 55 starts, compiling 109 groundballs and 84 caused turnovers. In 2018, Trachtman had a collegiate-best 27 forced errors. He set a single-game best of four caused turnovers on a multitude of occasions, most recently on March 8 versus Albion (Mich.). Before the end of 2020, Trachtman had 14 caused turnovers to go along with eight groundballs.