Women’s lacrosse prepares for conference clash with Mount St. Joseph

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Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to continue its hot start to conference season with action against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).

The Panthers will host the Lions at Alumni Stadium in the first game of a men's and women's doubleheader, with the first draw control set for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 20.

COMING DOWN THE STRETCH: The Blue and Red are currently 5-8 overall, having amassed a 2-2 record in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference. They have been victorious in two of their last three contests, with wins coming at the hands of Franklin (Ind.) and Thomas More (Ky.) on April 6 and 13.

In their most recent action against the Saints on Senior Day, HC came away with a 20-2 triumph. The fourth-years stole the show, led by senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) who notched eight points on a pair of goals and a whopping six assists. Senior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) had a career-best three scores while pacing the team in groundballs (5) and caused turnovers (3).

HEATING UP: Junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) and freshman Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) have each played some of their best lacrosse as of late. For Atchison, she has 12 points over her last three outings after having 13 in all of 2018. She followed a career-high six point showing versus Franklin by tallying five more against Thomas More. Over those clashes, Atchison shot seven-for-nine, and hit all three attempts versus the Saints.

In 2019, Atchison has totaled 11 scores and 12 dimes for 23 points. On the year, Atchison is 11-of-16 shooting for a .688 percentage, which leads the HCLC when counting players with 10 or more shots.

As for Young, she has seven points in her three most recent games. Versus the Grizzlies, Young hit the back of the net twice and contributed a pair of helpers, while accruing five groundballs and five draw controls. For the year, Young has seven goals and four assists for 11 points.

Young has proved herself to be quite versatile, as she has quietly grabbed 28 grounders and won 39 draw controls. Among her HCLC rivals, her 39 draw controls are seventh in the league, while her ground ball total is top 15 in the conference and third on the squad.

SCORING SPECIALISTS: Davis, along with junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) are second and third on the Hanover all-time scoring list, respectively, with 148 and 132 points. They are both chasing the total of 176 that Mallory Fogus tallied in her four years. In 2019, the duo is leading the squad in scoring; Davis has the team lead in assists, while Laymon has spearheaded goal-scoring.

This year, Davis has found the net 18 times while distributing 24 helpers for 42 points. Davis is currently third in the HCLC in assists, and is among NCAA Division III leaders with 1.85 assists per game. Prior to her Senior Day appearance, Davis had six points versus Franklin, with each of her six shots either getting to or past the goalkeeper.

Laymon, for her part, has taken it to the net 45 times, while adding eight helpers for 53 points. In recent memory, Laymon had a collegiate-best nine points against Franklin while tying her career-high with seven scores. Additionally, Laymon has three caused turnovers over the past three, with two coming versus Thomas More.

Layman is closing in on the single season points mark set by Mallory Fogus in 2018, when she totaled 62 points on 49 goals and 13 assists. Additionally, the goals record is within reach, as Laymon needs just four more to tie Fogus.

DASTARDLY DEFENDERS: Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) is currently second in the HCLC with 22 caused turnovers, while also being top 10 in groundballs with 32. Against the Grizzlies, Cornacchione scored her second career goal, while causing two turnovers. Versus Thomas More on Senior Day, she had four grounders and a pair of forced giveaways to help the HC defense. Cornacchione has been a model of consistency, as she has a groundball in 12 consecutive contests while having a takeaway in six straight.

Junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been one of the leading netminders in the league, headlined by her conference-pacing 121 saves, which outdoes the next-highest total by almost 30. As a consequence, Long has a .502 save percentage that is second in the HCLC and is 39th in DIII. Moreover, Long averages 9.31 saves per game, ranking among national leaders.

Impressively, Long ranks second in the conference with 54 groundballs, which is over 20 more than the next-closest goalkeeper. Against Transylvania on April 10, Long stopped 12 shots and led HC with eight groundballs.

SCOUTING MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: The Lions of Mount St. Joseph are 3-7 in 2019 with a 2-2 slate in the HCLC. Freshman Megan Dancer currently leads the Lions with 27 points. These squads have split the all-time series 2-2, with Hanover on the winning end of the last two. The Blue and Red gained a 12-5 victory over MSJ last year, led by seven goals from Laymon.

Contact: Tyler Jester