Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to close out the month of March on a high note as they host Heidelberg (Ohio) at Alumni Stadium, with the contest set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27.
AS IT STANDS: The Panthers are currently 3-5 overall, with a 0-1 slate in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference. Hanover is coming off of a recent victory against Trine (Ind.) on March 20, which they earned by a score of 10-5. After going down 3-0 early, the Blue and Red rallied with a string of nine unanswered goals, which effectively foiled the Thunder.
LONG WINS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For her appearances in the net against Trine and Earlham (Ind.) last week, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) garnered HCLC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Versus the Thunder, Long made 14 total stops, and at one point held Trine scoreless for 40 minutes of game time. On the week, Long made 25 saves with a .641 save percentage.
In 2019, Long leads the league with a .527 save percentage and 77 saves, which each rank among the top 35 in NCAA Division III. Moreover, she holds top five conference numbers in goal against average (9.72) and total groundballs (32).
SIZZLING SCORERS: Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) has seven multi-score outings in the Panthers' eight contests this year, including the Earlham and Trine matchups. Laymon hit the back of the net twice versus the Quakers, and she led the squad with four scores in action with the Thunder. On the season, Laymon has 28 goals, six dimes, and 34 points. Her scoring and point totals each lead HC and are among the top five in the HCLC.
Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) co-led Hanover with four points in their meeting with Trine, as she notched a trio of scores and added a helper near the end of the first quarter. After six outings of two-plus goals in 2018, Davis has five to start 2019. In total, she has 13 goals and 11 dimes for 24 points. Davis tallied a career-best 22 scores last year, and just over halfway into this campaign, she is on pace to break that mark.
Junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) has registered one goal in all eight tilts of 2019 and 12 of the last 13 dating back to last season. She has four scores in her last three appearances, with two coming versus the Quakers. Overall, Boomershine has hit the back of the net 18 times and has dished two dimes for 20 points. This year, she has been one of the most accurate shooters in the HCLC, as her .563 shot percentage is ninth, but is third among players with 10 or more shots.
DISRUPTIVE DEFENDERS: Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) has a personal-best 11 caused turnovers in 2019, topping her previous high of seven. Her caused turnover total is not only her best in a year, but is among the top three in the league. On the campaign, Cornacchione has four showings of multiple caused turnovers, with two coming in her last three. Versus Trine, she forced four giveaways while scooping up five groundballs, both of which are among her best numbers in a single contest.
Junior Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio) is one of the players that is tied with Cornacchione at 11 caused turnovers. Zumvorde also has four outings with two or more forced errors, and in seven games has already tied her total in the category from 2018. In recent action against Albion (Mich.), she had two caused turnovers to co-pace the Panthers.
SCOUTING HEIDELBERG: The Heidelberg Student Princes are 5-3 this year, with triumphs over Trine and HCLC institution Anderson (Ind.). The Student Princes are currently riding a win streak of four matchups, with sophomore Angela Lulejian leading them in scoring with 30 goals and 31 points.
UP NEXT: Hanover will round out their non-conference schedule by hosting the DePauw Tigers at Alumni Stadium at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3.
Contact: Tyler Jester