Trio of contests including conference opener on Panthers weekly slate

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Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - After winning two of its last three matchups, the Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to continue its positive momentum, with three games on the horizon.

The Panthers will begin the stretch by hosting Albion (Mich.) at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 17 at Alumni Stadium. The following day, they will travel for their conference-opening showdown against Earlham (Ind.) at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18. To conclude, the Blue and Red will return to their home turf for a competition against Trine (Ind.) at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 20.

PANTHERS AS A UNIT: Hanover has a record of 2-3 in 2019, with a pair of triumphs over Muskingum (Ohio) and N.C. Wesleyan on their slate.

Hanover has fared well in scoring against opponents this year, outdoing them 58 to 44, while holding a 25 to 17 margin in assists. Helping to halt the opponent offensive attack is junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the net. Long has made 33 saves this season with a 9.27 goal against average, both ranking among the conference's best.

In shooting, HC has outshot their foes by a gap of 147 to 114, with a 108 to 88 advantage in shots on goal. The squad has also been careful with the ball, as they have turned it over 99 times to 109 for their opponents.

THE BOOMSTICK: Junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) has continued her recent string of offensive success, scoring 12 goals in her past three appearances. On two of those occassions, Boomershine registered five scores, including their most recent head-to-head against Aurora (Ill.). In all three, Boomershine had multiple goals, which is just one away from tying her four-game streak of multi-goal efforts in 2018.

In 2019, Boomershine has hit the back of the net 14 times while adding two assists for 16 points. On the squad, she has the second-highest total in goals and third-loftiest in points. Boomershine has been quite efficient getting to the goal, as she has 21 of her 23 shots on goal for a .913 clip that ranks third among Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference foes with 20-plus attempts.

REMARKABLE RACHEL: Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) has scored one point or more in 19 of her last 20 showings dating back to 2018, encompassing all five thus far. Thus far, Davis has a balanced statline of nine goals and nine dimes for 18 points. Amongst her peers, her nine helpers rank among the top five in the HCLC and among national leaders.

Davis has had a particular penchant for assists, as she's racked up 60 assists, with 47 coming from this year and 2018. On her stretch of scoring, Davis has had an assist or more in 17 of the 20 contests it encapsulates.

LAYMON LIGHTING IT UP: Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) has been one of the biggest volume scorers in the conference, as her 22 goals and 28 points both sit among the league leaders, as do her 41 shots. With just five matchups in the 2019 campaign, Laymon is almost halfway towards her 2018 scoring total of 47 goals and is just one away from her season-high seven assists that she accumulated in 2017.

The volume for Laymon has paid dividends, as she's notched one-plus scores in 21 of the last 22 outings for HC dating back to last year. In 2019, she's hit the back of the net multiple times in each game, including three times in both of her most recent appearances. Against Muskingum (Ohio) on March 5, Laymon had three goals and two assists as the Blue and Red cruised to their first shutout ever with a 14-0 triumph.

SCOUTING ALBION: The Albion Brits are 3-2 in 2019 and are coming off of a recent victory against Ohio Northern. The Brits and the Panthers squared off in Hanover's 2018 season opener, with HC on the losing end of a 15-1 final. Freshman Chrystelle Lopez paces Albion in scoring with 17 scores and six dimes for 23 points.

SCOUTING EARLHAM: The Earlham Quakers are 4-2 overall in 2019 and are coming off of their first year as a program. The Quakers have played Muskingum and Trine this year, garnering a triumph over the Fighting Muskies while taking a loss to Trine (Ind.) on March 2. In scoring, freshman Claudette Roskamp leads the Quakers and the HCLC with 35 goals and 37 points.

Last season, the Panthers edged Earlham in a 13-2 contest on March 28 at Alumni Stadium. For the game, Mallory Fogus hit the back of the net five times to lead the Blue and Red, while Laymon and Davis tacked on two and three, respectively.

SCOUTING TRINE: The Trine Thunder are 3-1 to start 2019, with three consecutive victories, two of which are HCLC institutions. After their triumph over the Quakers on March 2, the Thunder took a 14-8 final over the Anderson (Ind.) Ravens. Prior to facing Hanover, Trine will travel to face Heidelberg (Ohio) at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16.

The Thunder and HC have met once in 2016, when the Panthers were able to capture a 12-8 win. On the afternoon, Davis lead the Blue and Red with five scores.

UP NEXT: Following their week of action, Hanover will take the field against Heidelberg, with action set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester