Panther comeback falls just short in season-opener against the Eagles

Rachel Davis

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - Despite a pair of hat tricks from senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.), the Hanover women's lacrosse team dropped a competitive 12-10 contest in its season opener against Asbury (Ky.) Friday evening.

Laymon led the way for the Blue and Red in scoring, tallying five goals and a pair of assists. Meanwhile, Davis hit the back of the net on three occasions while also adding two helpers. The duo combined for 12 offensive points Friday. 

The Panthers (0-1) struck first on the scoreboard with just over five minutes elapsed in the first half, as Laymon dished a pass to junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) for an early 1-0 lead. The Eagles (1-0) fought back with four unanswered scores, which HC responded to with a three-goal run of its own. However, Asbury hit the back of the net on a trio of occasions inside the final three minutes to extend to a 7-4 halftime advantage.

Although the Eagles came out of the break with another score to push to a four-goal lead, Laymon hit the back of the net four unanswered times to knot the score at eight apiece with 12:36 remaining in the game. In that series, Laymon converted on three free position shots, while receiving an assist on the second of the string from junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.).

Asbury would strike again less than 30 seconds later, putting them up 9-8 until Davis accomplished her hat trick with 6:11 to play. Following an Eagle score with 3:42 remaining, Laymon scored once more to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:41 on the clock. However, Asbury would win the draw control and score again with 1:30 left to effectively pull away from HC.

Atchison finished with one goal, while Boomershine hit the back of the net in the first half off of a dime from Davis to finish with a score and an assist. Defensively, freshman Emily Christian (Louisville, Ky.) led Hanover with three caused turnovers, while adding five groundballs. Junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the Panthers in grounders with seven while making 12 saves in the net.

The Blue and Red will be on the road for two matchups this upcoming week, with their next coming at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, when they face the William Peace (N.C.) Pacers.

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