Panthers to host Elmhurst and Carroll on consecutive days


Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team will continue the non-conference portion of its schedule with back-to-back home games this Sunday and Monday.

The Panthers will square off against Elmhurst (Ill.) at 1 p.m., March 18, before quickly turning around to host Carroll (Wis.) at 4 p.m., Monday, March 19.

MOUSA WINS ORLC POTW: Senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) garnered her second career Ohio River Lacrosse Conference player of the week award for her performance in a 13-5 win over Franklin on March 9. For the contest, Mousa posted a .643 save percentage and recorded eight saves, with six coming in the second half.

STRONG GOALKEEPING: Mousa and her fellow net minder, sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), currently boast the top two save percentages in the ORLC. Mousa's .576 percentage is ranked 20th in NCAA Division III. The duo also holds the top two goals-against-averages in the conference, with Mousa's 8.33 GAA good for 45th in the nation.

As a unit, the Panther goalkeepers rank eighth nationally in team save percentage, .626. Hanover's scoring defense average of 6.80 is also 26th in NCAA Division III.

KINNA LAYMON LEADS BALANCED ATTACK: Sophomore midfielder Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) has been heating up this season, scoring 16 times to lead the Blue and Red in goals and points thus far. The past two games have been especially impressive, as Laymon has amassed 13 goals with a .684 shot percentage and a .813 shot-on-goal percentage.

Hanover has also seen strong play from senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) who is second on the squad in goals and points with eight and nine respectively. Additionally, Fogus has 7 caused turnovers to lead the Panthers and is tied for the groundball lead (12) along with junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.).

In assists, Mundt and sophomore Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) sit atop the squad having registered three apiece.

THE COMPETITION: The first of HC's opponents, Elmhurst College, currently sits at 3-1 on their season after a win at home over Trine (Ind.) Thursday evening. In last season's meeting against the Blue Jays, the Blue and Red came away with an 11-3 victory that saw the Panthers score 11 of the game's first 12 goals.

Their second opponent, the Carroll Pioneers, currently sport a 4-0 record, which includes a recent 14-8 victory over Loras College (Iowa). The Panthers and Pioneers have not faced any common opponents yet this season, but both sides did square off with Elmhurst last year, with Carroll dropping their conference contest, 8-7.

Contact: Tyler Jester