Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will cap the regular season portion of its schedule with games against Thomas More (Ky.) and Saint Vincent (Pa.) this week.
The Panthers will travel to face the Thomas More Saints at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, before coming home for a matchup against the Saint Vincent Bearcats at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 28.
THE COMPETITION: Thomas More sits at 1-8 on the season, with all of their matchups being within the confines of the ORLC. Saint Vincent currently boasts a 10-3 overall record, including a 7-2 league mark with an upcoming matchup against Westminster (Pa.) Tuesday, April 24. The Bearcats have one of the most potent offensive attacks in NCAA Division III this year, as their scoring offense ranks 12th in the nation.
FOGUS ON FIRE: Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) has now posted her best statistical season in many categories. For the season, she's scored 40 goals which ranks second for the squad, while her 49 total points top the team. Additionally, her nine helpers put her in a third-place tie on the campaign with junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.). For Fogus, the 40 scores, 9 assists, and 49 total points all mark career-highs. She's registered a goal in 13 games, and in nine of those has hit the back of the net three-plus times. Her 61 draw controls also mark a season-best and are fourth-best in the conference.
DAVIS DOES IT ALL: Sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been dishing out assists rapidly, as her 25 dimes lead HC and are good for fourth in the conference. Her 20 goals and 45 points rank third on the team. In her most recent outing against Waynesburg (Pa.), Davis recorded one goal and two assists as the Blue and Red won handily by a score of 24-1.
SHROYER'S SUCCESS: Senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been the anchor of the defense all year long, proving herself once again as one of the premier defenders in the conference. Her 60 draw controls rank fifth in the ORLC, as do her 29 caused turnovers. Against the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets on Monday, April 23, Shroyer logged her first two goals since her freshman season. Meanwhile, she recorded a team-record 12 draw controls in the 21-6 win over Thiel (Pa.). The weekend stretch of games also saw Shroyer tally her 200th and 100th career groundballs and caused turnovers, respectively.
NET MINDING - BEYOND THE NET: The net minders, led by senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) have been one of the top units in the nation throughout the 2018 campaign. Mousa has the fourth-best goal against average in the league at 10.21, while her .522 save percentage slots her third. Her save percentage mark combined with that of sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), a .564 clip, ranks eighth in the nation.
TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS: The Panthers look to have clinched a berth for the second consecutive year after recent victories over Thiel and Waynesburg. If HC and SVC both win earlier in the week, Saturday's game will be for the No. 3 seed in the conference's postseason event. While the Panthers could theoretically attain the second slot with a pair of wins this week, they would need Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) to lose to Waynesburg and Mount St. Joseph, as Hanover does not hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Presidents.
Contact: Tyler Jester