Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team will open up its schedule with a trio of non-conference opponents, with the set of games beginning Sunday, Feb. 25 and ending Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The Panthers will play Albion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, before turning around to face Concordia-Chicago at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26. The squad will get a day of rest before concluding the adventure with a contest against Illinois Tech at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.
THE COMPETITION: Albion (Mich.), Concordia Chicago (Ill.) and Illinois Tech (Ill.). Last season Albion went 5-10, Concordia Chicago was 6-11, and Illinois Tech posted a mark of 15-2. Each team faced two common opponents last year, with Albion going 2-0 against Kalamazoo (Mich.) and Franklin, CUC splitting matches with Elmhurst (Ill.) and Aurora (Ill.), and IIT posting an unblemished mark against Kalamazoo and Aurora.
CONNECTIONS TO THE COMPETITION: Prior to receiving his head coaching job at Hanover College, second-year coach Brandon Allwood graduated from Albion College and was a part of their coaching staff as an assistant and goalkeeper coach. In his two seasons on the staff, the Britons posted a 25-10 overall record. He was also named ORLC Coach of the Year in his first go-around with the Blue and Red.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Hanover is fortunate to have three seniors that lead their respective sides of the ball. On offense, senior midfielder Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) will look to start her final year on a high note after leading the unit in goals in each of her three seasons at HC. Her 37 goals last season was best on the team and top 12 in the conference.
On defense, senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference All-Conference selection in each of her first three seasons. Last year, she was one of the best defenders in the conference, ranking seventh in caused turnovers with 28, third with 51 groundballs, and first in draw controls with 80. Joining Shroyer in the backline of defense is senior net minder Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio), who was third in the ORLC in goals against average at 9.26.
LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON 2017: Hanover will be looking to improve upon their best season in program history in 2017, as the then third year program went 9-8 overall, 6-3 in ORLC play and made its first appearance in the conference tournament. The Panthers were recently picked by the league's head coaches to finish among the top four in the ORLC again this year, and have improved upon their overall win total in each of their first three seasons.
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