Panthers to host trio of opponents to begin March

Julia Long

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will start the month of March with another stretch of three games in five days, this time all coming from the comforts of Alumni Stadium.

The Panthers will commence their week by playing Muskingum (Ohio) at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, before playing Aurora (Ill.) at the same time on Thursday, March 7. The Blue and Red will conclude the three-contest slate against Alma (Mich.), with game time set for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

LAYMON LAYS IT ON: Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) has started her season with a bang, scoring five or more goals in each of the three matchups thus far. After a pair of five-score statlines, Laymon hit the back of the net on six occasions against N.C. Wesleyan on Feb. 26, to aid in a 17-9 win. In total, she has 16 goals, four assists and 20 points on the year, which are all team-highs.

Among her Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference foes, Laymon sits second in both the goals and total points categories, while slotting sixth in shot percentage at a .696 clip. However, when counting players with multiple shot attempts, Laymon's mark tops the HCLC by over eight percentage points. Nationally, Laymon ranks 13th in goals and 22nd in goals per game, with a 5.33 average.

VISUALIZE AND ATTACK: Junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) was a key component to the Feb. 26 victory against the Battling Bishops, as she notched five scores on seven shots to bolster the offensive attack. Dating back to last season, Boomershine has hit the back of the net in seven of her last eight appearances, with five being multi-goal outings. In the 2019 campaign, Boomershine is tied for the second-most scores on the squad (7) and is third in total points (8).

Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) started off her final year in the Blue and Red by tallying two-plus scores in the first three matchups on the calendar. Her highest scoring totals came against Asbury (Ky.), where Davis had a trio of goals and a dime. Overall, Davis has seven goals and three helpers for 10 points. Going back to the 2018 season, Davis has one point or more in 17 of the last 18 Panther showings.

DEFENDING THE PRIDE: Freshman Emily Christian (Louisville, Ky.) began her collegiate career with a statement, causing three turnovers and gathering five groundballs in the season-opener against the Asbury Eagles. In two games played, Christian is in a stalemate with senior Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio) in caused turnovers, as they have forced four apiece. For Zumvorde, she has two contests with a pair of takeaways, including the triumph over N.C. Wesleyan and the home opener versus Asbury.

In the net, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) has produced some of the best statistics among her league nemeses. Long has made a conference-pacing 26 saves, including 12 in the contest against the Eagles on Feb. 22. Additionally, Long has a 10.77 goals allowed average, which is the third-best mark in the HCLC. In terms of save percentage, her .481 clip is the third-highest in the HCLC among goalies with 120 minutes or more.

SCOUTING MUSKINGUM: The Muskingum Fighting Muskies are 0-3 so far in 2019, including a 16-4 defeat at the hands of HCLC institution Earlham on Feb. 26. The Fighting Muskies were 3-13 in 2018 and following the season lost their three top scorers to graduation. As a result, their highest-scoring returner is sophomore Courtney Hines, who has a pair of goals so far in 2019 and had 12 as a freshman.

SCOUTING AURORA: The Aurora Spartans are 0-1 on the season and play Transylvania at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, prior to their trek to Hanover. The Spartans were 10-8 in 2018 and shared a common opponent with HC in Concordia Chicago. Both the Panthers and Spartans claimed victory by scores of 11-4 and 14-13 (2OT), respectively. Aurora and the Blue and Red have squared off once in program history in 2017, when the Spartans topped Hanover by a score of 16-5.

SCOUTING ALMA: The Alma Scots are currently 3-1 and are on a three-game winning streak after opening their calendar with a loss to Earlham. The Scots have five HCLC schools on their docket and have played three of them already, garnering wins over Franklin and Thomas More. Following their matchup with Hanover, Alma will travel to Mount St. Joseph for their final HCLC opponent. In 2018, the Scots were 5-8, with four triumphs coming in March, including an 8-2 victory over Concordia Chicago.

Contact: Tyler Jester