Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to take advantage of its week of preparation as they face off against a pair of opponents this week.
The Panthers will host DePauw (Ind.) at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, to conclude their non-conference slate. Following, the Blue and Red will have a string of five Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference foes, beginning with a contest at Franklin (Ind.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, the final away contest of the regular season schedule.
ENTERING CONFERENCE SEASON: Hanover is currently 3-6 overall, with a 0-1 mark in the HCLC. This squad last took the field on March 27 versus Heidelberg (Ohio), where they suffered a 13-6 defeat. However, this unit is nonetheless one of the best on the defensive side. The Panthers sit among conference leaders with 81 caused turnovers and a scoring defense that allows just 9.78 goals per game. Against Trine (Ind.) on March 20, HC forced 14 giveaways while allowing just five scores in the 10-5 Hanover victory.
SCORING SENSATIONS: Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) has scored in all nine contests of 2019, with six points coming over the last two outings. Most recently against the Student Princes, Davis notched one goal and one assist, while adding a caused turnover and a pair of groundballs. In total, Davis has logged 14 scores, 12 dimes, and 26 points this year. Among HCLC players, her 12 helpers are the third-highest total in the league.
Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) hit the back of the net on three occasions in action with Heidelberg, bringing her season total to 31 goals. Combined with her six dimes, she has 37 points, with her totals in scores and points ranking in the conference top five. Laymon has nine goals over her past three appearances, propelling her up the national leaderboards in scores (37) and goals per game (3.44).
Laymon will look to continue her success against the Grizzlies, as she has converted on eight shots in two career meetings with Franklin. In 2018, Laymon netted six scores as the Panthers came away with a 13-5 triumph.
Junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) has 18 goals and two helpers for 20 points on the year. Boomershine has put points on the board in eight of nine matchups this season, with one score coming in the HC victory over Trine on March 20. Boomershine will also look to improve her totals against the Grizzlies, as she has logged six points over two collegiate matchups with Franklin.
HOLDING DOWN THE FORT: Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) is currently second in the HCLC with 14 caused turnovers and is among the conference leaders with 22 groundballs. Cornacchione has forced seven giveaways over the last two outings, with three coming against the Student Princes. In that game, Cornacchione also corralled four groundballs, with both totals co-leading the squad.
Junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) is pacing the league and is among NCAA Division III leaders in a couple of major goalkeeping statistics. Having a .518 save percentage and 88 saves, Long ranks among the top 50 in DIII and leads the HCLC. Long has made double-digit stops in her last four matchups, with 11 coming versus Heidelberg. The netminder has also been one of the best in ground ball retrieval in 2019, as her 36 grounders top all goalies and rank fourth in the league.
SCOUTING DEPAUW: The DePauw Tigers are 3-6 in 2019, and are coming off of a 20-0 win over Hiram (Ohio) on March 30. Earlier in the campaign, they squared off against Earlham (Ind.), beating them by a score of 17-5. DePauw is led in scoring by freshman Emma Kennedy, who has 23 goals, six assists, and 29 points.
SCOUTING FRANKLIN: The Franklin Grizzlies have an 0-3 record to start the year and will open their HCLC calendar with Hanover. After the Grizzlies took the first two meetings of the series in 2015 and 2016, consecutive victories by the Panthers have the all-time series record knotted at 2-2. In 2018, the Blue and Red cruised to a 13-5 win, led by a six-goal performance from Laymon.
Contact: Tyler Jester