Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – After beginning our three-part series of the Hanover women's lacrosse team by looking at the group of attackers, we will now move on to the team's goalkeepers and defenders.
The goalkeepers are led by senior Amanda Moussa (Springboro, Ohio) who posted a .480 save percentage and a 9.26 goals against average, both of which ranked third in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. For her performance, Moussa was an ORLC Honorable Mention selection last year.
The defense will be anchored by senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.), who led the team and the ORLC with 80 draw controls. Shroyer also led the squad with 28 caused turnovers, which tied for seventh in the conference, and tied for third in the league with 51 groundballs. For her stellar season, Shroyer earned her second ORLC All-Conference first team honor and her third overall ORLC All-Conference selection.
Fellow classmate Cassidy Coates (Evansville, Ind.) was also a key contributor last season, registering 18 caused turnovers, good for third on the team. Her 26 groundballs ranked fifth among Hanover players and second amongst defenders.
The Panthers will also rely on key contributions from underclassmen this year including sophomore Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.) who started 16 of 17 matches for Hanover last season. She posted 12 groundballs and six caused turnovers while getting acclimated to the college game, and looks to improve even more in her second season.
With one of the best defenders in the conference in Shroyer and a seasoned goalkeeper in Moussa, the defense looks to continue to be a strength in 2018.
We will conclude our three-part preview of this year's Hanover women's lacrosse team next week when we look at the Panther attackers.
Contact: Mike Pritchard