Slow start sinks women's lacrosse at William Peace

Maria Cornacchione

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team found itself in an early three-goal deficit Monday evening and was unable to recover in a 13-8 loss at William Peace (N.C.).

The Pacers, who were competing in their inaugural game as a program, scored four goals in the first eight minutes, while the Panthers (0-2) were only able to find the back of the net once in the same span. Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) scored the first of her team-high five goals at the 24:08 mark of the opening half.

Again, WPU would score four of the next five goals, extending its lead to the largest margin of the night, six, at 8-2, with 15:30 left in the first half. Hanover though, kept the Pacers scoreless for the remainder of the period and two more goals from Laymon made it 8-4 at the intermission. The junior had four of her five scores in the first half.

In the second half, HC was able to close the gap to as little as three on three separate occasions. Laymon's fifth goal came at the 27:55 mark, making the score 8-5 in favor of WPU.

Goals from junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) also had the Panther deficit at three, as their scores at 18:28 and 12:50 made the game 10-7 and 11-8, respectively. The Pacers however, tallied two scores in the final nine minutes to secure their program's first victory.

William Peace enjoyed a 29-13 edge in total shots, including a 23-9 advantage on goal. Hanover made 10 saves in the contest, with eight coming from junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) and two by freshman Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.). Long added four groundballs, while senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the Panthers with five recoveries. Junior Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) won three of HC's six draw controls.

Offensively, five players recorded at least one point in the match. Laymon pitched in with one assist to go along with her five scores. The junior's 10 season goals currently lead the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference.

Davis tallied two goals and one assist, as all of her offensive action came in the second half. Junior Meg Finn (Newburgh, Ind.) picked up an assist on one of Davis' scores, while classmate Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) logged both of her helpers in the first half.

The Panthers will look to bounce back quickly, as they are slated to face N.C. Wesleyan on the road Tuesday, Feb. 26, with a 4 p.m. scheduled start.

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