HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a career high six goals from sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.), the Hanover women's lacrosse team defeated Franklin in its home and Ohio River Lacrosse Conference opener Friday, 13-5.
Laymon netted six scores on eight total shots, with seven of her attempts coming on goal. The sophomore was also third on the team in groundballs retrieved, four, and was one of five Panthers (2-2, 1-0 ORLC) to record multiple caused turnovers.
Adding three goals, including two during Hanover's 6-0 scoring run to start the game, was senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.). Fogus paced the Panthers with six groundballs and won five of HC's 11 draw controls as well. Combined, Laymon and Fogus recorded nine goals, 13 shots, 10 groundballs and four caused turnovers.
Laymon and Fogus each scored twice and goals from junior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ind.) had the Blue and Red in front, 6-0, just over 15 minutes in. Boomershine assisted on two additional goals in the first half, giving her three points for the match.
After Franklin (0-2, 0-1 ORLC) scored at the 8:21 mark of the opening half, junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) found the back of the net for the first time this season less than two minutes later and HC led 7-1 at the break.
Davis and sophomore Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) each recorded their first assists of the season during the opening half of play Friday. Finn went on to add another helper in the second half as well, and she and senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) each earned three draw controls.
Laymon sparked a 4-0 scoring run to start the second half with back-to-back goals less than seven minutes in. Finn picked up her first goal of the season and Fogus pitched in with her third score of the day to cap the spurt, which put HC in front by its largest margin, 10, at 11-1.
The Grizzlies tallied four goals late, but two more scores from Laymon, including her third free position goal of the game, sent the Blue and Red to their second conference-opening victory in the program's three-plus years of existence.
In goal, senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) returned to action after a brief two-game absence, making nine saves. The senior is averaging 13.0 stops per game after her first two appearances in 2018.
Overall, Hanover enjoyed a 33-17 advantage in shots, including a 29-14 edge on goal. The Panthers also won 11-of-20 draw controls, earned a 27-21 advantage in groundballs and was the more efficient team in clear attempts, converting on 18-of-21 tries.
The Blue and Red, who opened their month-long stretch of home games with Franklin Friday, will now turn their attention to Mt. St. Joseph (Ohio). The Panthers and Lions are set to meet at Alumni Stadium at 4 p.m., Monday, March 12.
Contact: Tyler Jester