HANOVER, Ind. – Our No. 5 moment from the 2016-17 athletic year comes from the Hanover women's lacrosse team, as they scored an overtime victory at Franklin to help secure their first Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Tournament appearance.
The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the fifth and sixth best moments.
After a 5-1 scoring spurt to end the first half, the Hanover women's lacrosse team took a two-goal lead into the intermission at 8-6. The Grizzlies however, were able to regain the lead at 11-10 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
The Panthers tallied the next two goals to take a goal-advantage, but Franklin score with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 12-all. Both sides recorded one shot over the final 2:17 of the second half, but they were saved, forcing overtime, marking just the second time in the Panthers' three-year history that extra time was needed.
Just over two minutes into the extra session, junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) found the back of the net on a free position shot to secure the victory for Hanover, 13-12. Fogus finished the game with three goals.
Overall, there were six lead changes and seven ties in the contest. The back-and-forth second half alone, included four lead changes and five ties.
Junior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) made 12 saves in the game, including four stops in the final five minutes of regulation and the two-plus minutes of overtime. Offensively, freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) added three goals to tie Fogus for the team high.
The win moved the Panthers into a two-tie for fourth place in the ORLC standings with just one game remaining in the regular season. After defeating Waynesburg (Pa.) on the road the following Saturday, the Blue and Red earned their first trip to the ORLC Tournament.
The Top 10 Moments countdown from the year that was will continue next week with the third and fourth ranked moments. The No. 4 ranking will be announced Monday, July 10.
Contact: Tyler Jester