NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – A 4-0 second half scoring spurt and a career-high 18 saves from senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) helped engineer a 12-8 win for the Hanover women's lacrosse team Sunday at Westminster (Pa.).
Mousa made 11 of her career-high save total in the first half as Hanover led 5-4 at the intermission. The senior also tied for the team high with three groundballs.
Hanover (8-4, 5-1 ORLC) got off to a fast start with goals from juniors Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) giving HC a 2-0 advantage just over 10 minutes in. Both players finished the contest with three points, as Davis tallied two goals and one assist, while Mundt recorded the one goal and two helpers.
The Panthers saw their lead expand to three, 5-2, after scores from senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) and sophomores Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) and Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio). Westminster (3-6, 3-3 ORLC) though, added two goals in the final seven minutes of the half to cut its deficit to one, 5-4, at the break.
Fogus added two of her team-high five goals over the opening seven minutes of the second stanza to push the Panther advantage back to three. Sophomore Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) added her only score of the contest at the 22:48 mark, giving HC an 8-4 lead. Boomershine also assisted on a first half goal.
The Titans, as they did all afternoon, responded with a scoring run of their own, as three unanswered goals brought them back within one, 8-7, with just over 16 minutes left to play. Hanover though, took the next draw control and just over 30 seconds later, Fogus found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.). The Fogus goal sparked what would be four straight scores for the Blue and Red, which opened their largest lead of the game to five goals, 12-7.
The Titans could only get one more shot past Mousa, who made five saves after WC close the HC advantage to one goal. The win gave Hanover its fourth victory in the past five outings.
The Panthers used a 20-11 second half shot advantage to hold a 33-28 edge for the game. Davis, Fogus and Laymon combine for 22 shots in the contest, with 15 coming on goal.
Sophomore Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.) tied Mousa for the top groundball total Sunday with three. Fellow defender, senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.), paced the Panthers with four draw controls and had one of HC's six caused turnovers.
The Blue and Red will return to action next weekend when they travel to face Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), who they are currently tied with for third place in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference standings. The Panthers and Presidents are slated for a 1 p.m. start, Saturday, April 21.
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