Long leads defensive effort in 11-4 win for women's lacrosse

Julia Long

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team held Concordia-Chicago scoreless over the final 40 minutes en route to its first win of the season, 11-4, Monday afternoon.

After falling behind 2-1 just over eight minutes in, the Panthers (1-1) outscored the Cougars (0-1) 7-2 in remainder of the first half and posted the game's only three second half goals as well.

Leading Hanover's first double-digit scoring total of the season was senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) and sophomore Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.), who had three goals apiece. The pair also posted four shots each with a combined seven coming on goal. Fogus added a second half assist, caused turnover and draw control as well.

Junior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) added a pair of two-goal performances, with both Panthers scoring once in each half. Rounding out the scoring for HC was sophomore Jillian Church (Goshen, Ky.), who tallied her first goal of the season with less than one minute remaining in the opening half.

Highlighting the strong defensive effort was sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), who posted double-digit saves for just the second time in her collegiate career. Long denied all six CUC shots on goal in the second half, including three free position attempts for the Cougars. The sophomore also paced the Panthers in groundballs with four, as HC held a 20-17 edge over CUC.

Senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) led the Panthers in draw controls, six, as the Panthers also enjoyed a statistical advantage there, 9-8. Sophomore Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) added a pair of draw controls as well.

Boomershine scored all three of her goals in the first 30 minutes of play, two of which came during the 7-2 scoring run to close the first half. Hanover tallied three straight scores for a 4-2 advantage and followed it up with four of the final five goals of the half as well. Todd and junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) both picked up assists during the first half run.

Davis, Fogus and Laymon all recorded scores in the first 12-plus minutes of the second half to extend the advantage to seven, 11-4.

Hanover will look to build off its performance Monday when they travel to face Illinois Tech at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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