Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse position preview series will continue with the second release by taking a glance at the Panther defenders and goalkeepers.
The netminders are headed by junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), who will look to take over starting goalkeeper duties following the graduation of Amanda Mousa. Long made nine appearances in the net last year, including four starts. Over her playing time, Long has a 4.36 goals-allowed-average and a .667 save percentage.
In her first career start against Concordia-Chicago on Feb. 26, 2018, Long made 11 saves with a .733 save percentage to help HC secure an 11-4 victory. In her four headlining appearances, Long allowed just four goals per game while holding opponents under five scores in three outings.
Adding to the goalkeepers is freshman Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.), who will look to gain valuable experience as the lone netminder besides Long.
Junior Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.) is the most experienced of the defenders following the departure of cornerstone Abby Shroyer. Davis accrued 24 groundballs and caused nine turnovers over the course of the 2018 campaign, upping her career totals to 36 and 15 in the respective categories. Davis's most rounded statistical performance came against Olivet (Mich.) on March 23, when she scored a goal, notched an assist, scooped up a groundball, and caused a turnover in the 20-2 victory.
Junior Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio) has played in 23 games over the course of her two seasons, including 15 her sophomore year. In those games, Zumvorde amassed 10 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. Zumvorde's highlight outing came versus Illinois Tech on Feb. 28, when she lead HC with five forced turnovers and three groundballs.
The lone sophomore of this group is Charlotte Verbanic (Columbus, Ind.) who participated in eight games her freshman campaign. In her appearances, Verbanic grabbed seven grounders and caused three turnovers. Her best outing came versus Waynesburg (Pa.), who scooped up a trio of groundballs and forced a giveaway as the Panthers cruised to a 24-1 win.
Freshmen Emily Christian (Louisville, Ky.) and Brittney Hernandez (Louisville, Ky.) will look to gain experience quickly in a group whose returners have combined for 29 career caused turnovers.
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