Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Milah Young (Osceola, Ind.) each forced three turnovers, but the Hanover women's lacrosse team fell to Heidelberg (Ohio) by a score of 13-6 at Alumni Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
With her trio of forced errors, Cornacchione has now caused two-plus giveaways in five contests during 2019, with three coming in her last four outings. As for Young, it is the most caused turnovers she has recorded in a game, and her six draw controls are tied for her collegiate-best.
After going down 1-0 early, the Panthers (3-6) got a score from junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) off a pass from senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) to tie it at 1-1 with 26:39 left in the first half. The Student Princes (6-3) took a 2-1 lead with 23:55, but Laymon responded by hitting a free position shot with 20:34 on the clock to knot the score at 2-2.
Heidelberg registered a go-ahead score with 15:43 to go in the first half, but soon after that Davis converted on a dish from junior Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) to make it 3-3 with 15:12 remaining in the half. However, the Student Princes roared back with a quartet of unanswered scores to make it a 7-3 Hanover deficit at halftime.
The late half run by Heidelberg continued into the second half, as they scored three times to open the half before Young notched a goal with 21:02 left in the contest. Down the stretch, junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) and Laymon zinged shots past the goalkeeper, but HC could not overcome the run by the Student Princes.
In the net, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) had 11 saves for her fourth straight effort of double digit stops. Laymon contributed two caused turnovers and a pair of groundballs to the defense along with her team-lead three scores. Young, Long, and Cornacchione all paced the Panthers with four grounders.
As a squad, Hanover corralled 24 groundballs to 22 for Heidelberg, while mustering the same amount of converted clears on one less attempt. However, HC lost the turnover battle 26 to 21, while being outshot 31 to 23, including an 18-12 shooting gap in the first half.
The Blue and Red will close its out of conference season when they host the DePauw Tigers at Alumni Stadium at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3.
Contact: Tyler Jester