Second half struggles for women's lacrosse spell defeat against Aurora

Emma Boomershine

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team was unable to take advantage of its first half successes, as they lost to Aurora (Ill.) by a score of 10-9 Thursday evening at Alumni Stadium.

The Panthers (2-3) were the first team on the board less than a minute into the contest after junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) dished a pass to classmate Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) for a goal with 29:33 on the clock. Over the next four minutes, the Blue and Red scored three more times, with junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) being on the receiving end of a pair of assists from senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) that pushed a 4-0 lead for HC.

The Spartans (1-2) responded with a trio of scores, and by 16:50 it was 4-3 in favor of Hanover. Aurora and HC traded two goals apiece between 16:10 and 5:01, with Laymon and Boomershine notching their third scores to help extend a 6-5 lead for the Blue and Red. The Panthers would close the first 30 minutes by outscoring the Spartans 2-1 to take an 8-6 advantage going into halftime.

Aurora had the last goal in the first half and began the second by hitting the back of the net at 28:42 and 27:54 to tie the score at 8-8. After a 15-minute stalemate on the scoreboard, a Hanover turnover sparked a goal by the Spartans, as they went ahead 9-8 with 12:02 on the clock. On the ensuing Panther possession, Boomershine hit a behind-the-back shot to knot the score at nine-all with 10:26 left. However, Janne Brown of Aurora zinged one past the goalkeeper with 9:07 remaining, which would prove to be the game-winner.

Overall, the Blue and Red went the final 6:29 without a shot, and although they got the ball back with less than a minute remaining, were unable to get a clean look at the goal.

As a unit, HC outshot the Spartans 26 to 21, but suffered a 9-7 deficit in the second half. In free position shots, Aurora was three-of-four while Hanover went just one-of-five on such opportunities.

Offensively, Boomershine tallied five goals and one assist, while Laymon added three scores. Junior Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) rounded out scoring for the Panthers with one goal, while Davis dished a quartet of dimes. Atchison assisted on two shots, bumping her season total up to five.

Defensively, freshman Milah Young (Osceola, Ind.) had a caused turnover and three groundballs, while also corralling five draw controls. In the net, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) scooped up four groundballs and made six stops.

The Blue and Red will next take the field against Alma (Mich.), with action slated for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

Contact: Tyler Jester