Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – With the start of the Hanover women's lacrosse 2018 season less than a month away, we begin our three-part preview of this year's team by looking at the team's midfielders.
Following a season that saw the team's first Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament bid, the Blue and Red look to build off these successes and make a deeper run in the tournament in 2018.
Hanover lost one of the team's top midfielders from a year ago to graduation in Isabella Miller. Miller led the team in ground balls (36) and was second in goals (27) and points (37). Despite the loss, this year's group of midfielders remains a viable position on the squad.
Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.), who has led the Panthers in each of the past three seasons in goals scored, will once again be counted on to lead the midfielders. Last season, Fogus posted a career-high 37 goals and added 30 ground balls and four assists for a team-best 41 points. Of players in the ORLC with at least 25 shots last year, she was tied for the third in shots on goal percentage at 83.3% and was named to the All-ORLC First Team.
Also returning will be juniors Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) and Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio), and sophomores Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) and Megan Finn (Newburg, Ind.). Mundt started all 16 matches as a sophomore and tallied five goals, four assists, 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while also posting a shots on goal percentage of 91.7%.
Cornacchione started eight of the nine contests she played. Todd appeared in 16 matches last season with nine starts, while Finn played in 14 contests and started three. Both Todd and Finn registered three goals each in their freshman season.
In addition, Hanover head coach Brandon Alwood, the ORLC's Coach of the Year last year, will also have a pair of freshmen in the mix that will help provide valuable depth in 2018.
Next week we will continue the series with part two as we examine the team's goalkeepers and defenders, with part three looking at the attackers the following week.
Contact: Mike Pritchard