Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
INDIANAPOLIS - The Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference has announced junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) as its defensive player of the week for her performances against Trine (Ind.) and Earlham (Ind.) on March 18 and 20.
The junior tallied 14 saves as the Blue and Red rallied with nine unanswered goals to beat the Thunder 10-5 at Alumni Stadium, while logging 11 in away action against the Quakers. Versus the Thunder, Long made seven stops in each half, and after the Panthers trailed 3-0 early, she turned away 12 consecutive shots on goal over 40 minutes of clock time. Moreover, she had a game-high seven groundballs on the afternoon.
Long has stopped 10-plus shots in each of her past three outings and has done so four times in 2019. Against Albion (Mich.) on March 17, Long made 19 stops, just one short of tying her career high of 20 set at Hendrix (Ark.) her freshman season.
On the year, Long has a .527 save percentage with a total of 77 saves, both of which lead the HCLC and rank among the top 35 in NCAA Division III. Additionally, Long is second in the league with a 9.72 goal against average, which is within one goal of the conference lead. Amongst all her HCLC foes, her 32 groundballs leads the goalkeepers and is fifth across the entire league.
Hanover will look to end the month of March on another high note as the team hosts Heidelberg (Ohio) at Alumni Stadium, with game time set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27.
Contact: Tyler Jester