Women's lacrosse drops defensive battle at Illinois Tech

Women's lacrosse drops defensive battle at Illinois Tech

CHICAGO – The Hanover women' lacrosse team took a one-goal advantage into the intermission Wednesday evening, but a scoreless second half sent them to a 5-2 setback at Illinois Tech.

­Despite being outshot 11-8 in the opening half, the Panthers (1-2) found themselves on the right end of a 2-1 score 30 minutes in. Sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) tallied the first score of the game a little over five minutes in, which marked her third goal of the season.

Illinois Tech (1-0) tied it at one-all less than 10 minutes later, but a goal from sophomore Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.) at the 11:10 mark of the first half gave HC the lead once again, one they would take into the break.

The Scarlet Hawks outshot the Panthers 13-4 in the second half to enjoy a 24-12 advantage in the game. The flurry of shots led to four second half scores for Illinois Tech and a 5-2 win in its season opener.

Davis led Hanover in shots with three, as she Laymon and junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) combined for six of the team's nine shots on goal. Mundt was also one of four Panthers with at least three groundballs in the contest and the squad was led by sophomore Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) with six.

Defensively, sophomore Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied a career high five caused turnovers. Mundt added multiple caused turnovers as well. In goal, sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made her second consecutive start, making 12 saves on 17 IIT shots on goal. Long has posted a save percentage above .700 in both of her 2018 outings.

Hanover has now concluded its busy stretch of games to open the season and will be off until Friday, March 9. The Panthers will then welcome Franklin for their home opener at 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

Contact: Tyler Jester