Women’s lacrosse prepares for conference action against Transylvania, Thomas More

Julia Long

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to build off its recent successes with Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference action against Transylvania (Ky.) and Thomas More (Ky.) this week.

The Panthers will begin their slate in by hosting the Pioneers at Alumni Stadium at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10. Over the weekend, the Blue and Red will tackle the Saints, with the contest scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: Hanover holds a 4-7 overall record with a 1-1 mark in the HCLC. The course of last week saw HC go 1-1, as they garnered their first league win of the year over Franklin (Ind.) on April 6. In the 23-4 triumph, a pair of juniors in Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) and Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) notched career highs in points with nine and six, respectively. For Atchison, it was also a collegiate-best in single game goals with four. As for Laymon, her seven scores tied her career-high, which she previously attained against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in 2018.

The Blue and Red had a bevy of impressive performances at the hands of the Grizzlies. Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) racked up six points as she hit the back of the net twice and added four dimes. In addition, junior Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) and freshman Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) each had four points; Finn had a trio of helpers to highlight her day, while Young tallied pairs in the scores and assists categories. Defensively, Young and senior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) co-led the squad with five groundballs, while Mundt paced the Panthers with three caused turnovers.

HEATING UP ON OFFENSE: Laymon totaled nine points over the last two matchups, bringing her season totals to 40 goals, eight assists and 48 points. In 11 appearances, Laymon is just four points shy of her sophomore total of 52 that was reached in 18 games played. Across the conference, her numbers are proving to be some of the elite: in goals, Laymon sits second in the HCLC, while her points total qualifies her for third in the league.

Atchison now has nine points over her last four outings, including the six against Franklin. With that, Atchison has now totaled a collegiate-best of 17 season points on eight goals and nine assists. Although Atchison does not have a lot of shot volume with a yearly total of 13, her .615 percentage nearly doubles any of her previous season marks. The clash with the Grizzlies was one of two multi-score statlines for Atchison in 2019, as she found the net on a pair of occasions while distributing a helper in HC's 14-0 win over Muskingum (Ohio) on March 5.

Davis put up a combined seven points against DePauw (Ind.) and the Grizzlies this past week, with six coming to help the Hanover win over Franklin. Her four dimes is tied for her best total in 2019, when she assisted on a quartet of scores against Aurora (Ill.) on March 7. On the year, Davis has scored 16 times and added 17 dimes for 33 points. Her scoring total is the best since her junior season, when she hit the back of the net 22 times. On the other hand, her assist totals lead the Panthers and sit fourth in the HCLC.

ON THE BACK END: Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) totaled five forced giveaways last week and is now second in league rankings with 19 caused turnovers. In addition, she is among the top 10 in groundballs, having corralled 26 thus far. Versus the Tigers, Cornacchione scooped up a trio of grounders while causing three turnovers. In the following matchup against Franklin, she registered her second career goal and added a pair of forced errors.

Mundt in her own right has come on strong particularly over the past few contests. Over the last two, she has caused five turnovers and come up with five groundballs, bringing her season totals to eight and 22 in the respective categories.

Junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) continues her run as one of the best statistical goalkeepers in the HCLC, highlighted by a league-leading 105 saves. In addition, Long has a .512 save percentage and a 10.45 goal against average, both of which rank second against HCLC foes. In action with DePauw, Long made 12 stops while co-leading HC with four groundballs.

SCOUTING TRANSYLVANIA: The Transylvania Pioneers are currently 8-4 with a 1-0 record in the HCLC. They have been led in scoring by sophomore Courtney Pontious, who has registered 40 goals and 58 points this year. Hanover has never beaten the Pioneers in the program's five years of existence, most recently losing in the 2018 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (league) semifinals.

SCOUTING THOMAS MORE: The Thomas More Saints have accrued a 1-5 mark with a 0-1 conference slate. The Saints recently opened their league action against Mount St. Joseph, losing by a score of 16-3. The Blue and Red have come out with triumphs in their four all-time meetings, most recently by a score of 20-2 in 2018. In that contest, Davis led all scorers with seven points, while current junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) added six.

Contact: Tyler Jester