First half foray sends women's lacrosse past N.C. Wesleyan

Meg Finn

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team secured its first victory of the season Tuesday evening with a 17-9 win over North Carolina Wesleyan.

The Battling Bishops (0-1) grabbed the lead to begin the game with a pair of goals at the 27:56 and 24:30 marks. The Panthers (1-2) struck back though at 18:17 off of a score from junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.), which was one of three consecutive goals for the Blue and Red. Classmates Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) and Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) also hit the back of the net between 18:17 and 16:57 to help HC take a 3-2 lead.

N.C. Wesleyan notched another goal at 14:36 for a 3-3 tie, but Finn tallied her second score to break the stalemate with 12:33 on the clock. This precipitated a string of eight unanswered goals for HC, with six of them coming in the final 12 minutes of the frame. By halftime, Hanover was on top 9-3. In the second half, the Panthers outscored the Battling Bishops 8-6, which would effectively put them away.

Individually, Laymon led the way for the Blue and Red with six goals and seven points, while Boomershine registered five goals. Further, senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) added a pair of first half goals on the eight-score barrage. In the realm of milestones, freshman Dianet Sanchez-Vega (Louisville, Ky.) scored her first collegiate goal in the second half, while classmate Milah Young (Osceola, Ind.) got her first career assist on a goal for junior Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio).

As a squad, Hanover had stark statistical advantages in the shot and turnover columns. In shots, HC held a 41-22 margin while recording at least nine more attempts than the Battling Bishops in each half. In turnovers, the Blue and Red had 11 to 18 for N.C. Wesleyan.

The Panthers finalized their winter break trip with the triumph and will have more than a week off until they host Muskingum (Ohio) at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 5.

Contact: Tyler Jester