GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team set a new program record for most goals and total points in a game as they cruised to a 21-6 win at Thiel (Pa.) Sunday afternoon in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference action.
Hanover tied its program record with 20 goals in a non-conference game earlier this season against Olivet (Mich.), but behind scoring halves of 13 and eight Sunday, they set a new single-game high. The 35 total points, 21 goals and 14 assists, also broke the program record for a single outing, which was previously set against Olivet at 30.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in ORLC play. The Blue and Red need to win just one of their three remaining games to earn their second straight appearance in the league's postseason tournament. Thiel falls to 4-9 overall and 4-6 in the ORLC after suffering the loss.
Seven different Panther players tallied three or more points in the game and were led by junior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.), who posted five goals and three assists for eight points. Davis did most of her damage in the opening half, where she recorded three goals and two helpers. The five goals and eight points both set new career highs for the junior.
Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) added two goals in each half and two first-half assists for a total of six points. Fogus' last score came at the 1:38 mark of the second half, which was the goal to break the program's single game scoring record.
Adding five points apiece were sophomores Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) and Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio). Boomershine was a part of the final three first-half scores for Hanover, one goal and two assists, as she finished with three goals and the two helpers. Todd scored the game's first goal 50 seconds in, which came during her four-point 30-minute sessions. Both of Todd's goals came in the first half, with two of her three helpers also coming in the first period.
Sophomores Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) and Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) each logged multiple goals in the contest, while classmate Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) tied Davis for the team high in assists with three.
Leading the defensive efforts was senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.). Shroyer retrieved a team-high four groundballs, while also setting the single-game school record in draw controls won with 12. Classmate Cassidy Coates (Evansville, Ind.) and junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) paced the Panthers with two caused turnovers each. Mundt also added one second half goal.
Senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) and sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) each played one half in goal, making a combined 12 saves. Mousa made five stops in the first half with Long turning away seven shots in the second stanza.
Just over five minutes in, Hanover saw its advantage on the scoreboard grow to three, scoring four of the contest's first five goals. Still leading by three mid-way through the opening period, HC closed the final 14 minutes on a 7-2 run, taking a 13-5 lead into the intermission. Davis and Laymon each scored twice during the half-ending scoring spurt.
Hanover went on to outscore the Tomcats 8-1 in the second half and kept Thiel scoreless over the final 27 minutes of play. Six different players scored for HC in the second half, including sophomore Jillian Church (Goshen, Ky.), who had her only goal on four shots at the 13:20 mark.
The Panthers will cap a stretch of three games in three days when they travel to face Waynesburg (Pa.) at 3 p.m., Monday, April 23.
Contact: Tyler Jester