Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to start its conference season on a high note as it hosts a pair of contests against Franklin and Mount St. Joseph.
The Panthers will square off against the Grizzlies at 4 p.m. Friday, March 9, in their home opener, before facing the Lions at 4 p.m., Monday, March 12.
THE COMPETITION: Franklin College (Ind.) and Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The Grizzlies of Franklin currently sit at 0-1, with the loss coming against Albion (Mich.) this past Saturday. Last season, Franklin finished 6-7 overall, including a 4-5 record against Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) opponents. The last time the Blue and Red faced the Grizzlies, it was a thrilling 13-12 overtime victory for HC that was decided by a free position goal from current senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile. Mich.).
The Lions of Mount St. Joseph suffered a season-opening loss at Wilmington (Ohio) Wednesday evening, 13-5. Last season, MSJ finished at 5-9 overall including a 5-4 mark in the ORLC. In the Panthers' meeting with the Lions last season, Hanover managed a 9-6 victory in which they outscored MSJ 5-2 in the second half after being tied going into halftime break.
WINTER BREAK TRIP: On their winter break trip from February 25-28, the Hanover women played three contests, all on the road, accruing a 1-2 record. A day following a defeat against Albion (Mich.), on Feb. 25, the Blue and Red captured their first victory of the season against Concordia-Chicago by a score of 11-4. Their third contest was a defensive battle that ended as a 5-2 loss in which Hanover was unable to capitalize on a 2-2 stalemate at halftime.
THE STORY SO FAR: For the fledgling season, senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) leads the Panthers in goals and overall points, with four and five respectively. Of her four scores, three came in the win against Concordia-Chicago, which also improved her program-leading career total to 102 goals. Also, among the squad leaders in goals are sophomores Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) and Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.), who each have three each.
On defense, sophomore Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio) has five caused turnovers, which ranks first on the team and sixth in the ORLC. Junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) is close behind with four caused turnovers while also being second in groundballs with seven. The leader in the groundballs category is sophomore Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) who has seven on the year.
LONG PRODUCING IN NET: Sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) has produced conference-leading statistics in her two starts since sitting out the inaugural contest against Albion. Long currently leads the ORLC in saves (23), save percentage (71.9%), and goals against average (4.50). Particularly in save percentage and goals against average (GAA), Long leads these categories by wide margins, with a 17-percent cushion in save percentage and a GAA that more than doubles the runner-up.
Contact: Tyler Jester