Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The conclusive third part of the Hanover women's lacrosse position preview series will take a peek at the Panther midfield group for 2019.
In 2018, the middies featured both of the top scorers for the Blue and Red and registered 138 of the squad's 214 goals. However, 49 of those scores were by Mallory Fogus, who graduated following her best season in many categories.
Seniors Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) and Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) will look to further their 2018 successes into their final year. Mundt had a junior campaign in which she posted personal-bests in goals, assists and points, finishing with eight scores and nine dimes for 17 total points. Additionally, she scooped up 35 groundballs, which is also her best season stat in the category.
In 2018, Mundt notched three points in a trio of contests, including a consecutive pair against Chatham (Pa.) on April 7 and Westminster (Pa.) on April 15. In the first of those, Mundt hit the back of the net on two occasions and added a helper in the 19-8 victory over the Cougars. In four seasons, Mundt has 29 career points off 14 goals and 15 assists; defensively, she has gathered 80 grounders while forcing 39 turnovers.
Cornacchione perhaps had her best year as a Panther in 2018, appearing in 14 of 18 matchups. While it was her second-most games played, Cornacchione had her lowest turnover total, seven. Cornacchione corralled 12 groundballs and caused six turnovers as well, with the former statistic tying her personal-best from 2016.
Cornacchione had career-bests in groundballs and forced turnovers in a game, while additionally scoring her first goal ever in 2018. On March 9 versus Franklin, Cornacchione collected five groundballs in the 13-5 triumph to set her personal-high mark. In consecutive matchups at Waynesburg (Pa.) and Thomas More (Ky.), she got her first goal followed by a pair of caused turnovers, with both showdowns resulting in HC wins.
Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) brought firepower to this group along with Fogus last season, as she was narrowly the runner-up in team goals with 47. Overall, Laymon had 52 points after tallying 27 as a freshman. Despite the fact that Laymon doubled her shots between year one and year two, her shooting percentage increased to .495 from .476.
Laymon had a penchant for scoring in spurts, as she had nine appearances in which she hit the back of the net three-plus times. After scoring six goals on March 9 against Franklin, Laymon followed it up with seven more in a 12-5 victory over Mount St. Joseph on March 12. Her collegiate totals are 79 points on 67 scores and 12 helpers.
Furthering the middie scoring barrage was junior Meg Finn (Newburgh, Ind.), who found herself knotted in fifth with attacker Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) for fifth on the team's scoring list in the 2018 campaign with 34 points. Finn, one of three Hanover midfielders to break into the top five point totals for HC, had 23 goals and 11 dimes, while pacing all returning Panthers with 43 draw controls. Like Laymon, Finn had a significant bump in her shots yet simultaneously improved her shot percentage, upping it to .354 from a .300 mark her freshman year.
After going scoreless for the first three contests including two scratches, Finn registered one-plus point in 13 of the succeeding 15 matchups. Moreover, she had three-plus in eight of those meetings. Finn hit four shots for her career-high twice, once against Elmhurst (Ill.) and again versus Thomas More. On March 18 when the Blue and Red faced the Blue Jays, Finn had four scores, a trio of grounders, five draw controls, and a forced giveaway as HC garnered a 13-11 win.
Rounding out this returning group is junior Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio), who more than tripled her point total as a sophomore, scoring 14 points as compared to three as a frosh. Her 23 groundballs were an increase from year one as well, while she matched her eight forced giveaways. Todd had her highlight appearance at Thiel (Pa.) on April 22, when she converted on a pair of shots and added a trio of assists as the Panthers cruised to a 21-6 triumph.
Freshman Milah Young (Osceola, Ind.) will look to add to this high-scoring group when HC commences its year with action against Asbury (Ky.) at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.
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