Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - Behind a school record eight goals from junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.), the Hanover women's lacrosse team gained a 20-5 victory over the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. This is the third win in the last four matchups for HC, with all of them coming against Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference foes.
The Panthers (6-8, 3-2 HCLC) struck three times inside the game's first 10 minutes, as Boomershine opened scoring with a pair of makes at the 27:27 and 22:01 marks. After junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) hit the back of the net at 19:58, the Blue and Red held an early 3-0 lead. The Lions (3-9, 2-2 HCLC) went on a 2-1 run in just over five minutes, making it a 4-2 contest with 14:36 remaining in the half.
The Blue and Red responded with a 6-1 tear to end the half, with Boomershine and classmate Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) each contributing two goals on the string. Meanwhile, senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) added a score and a pair of assists for three of her four first half points. At the break, HC was ahead by a score of 10-3.
After halftime, Hanover outscored the Lions 10-2, highlighted by an 8-1 run that took up over 25 minutes of clock. At 19:36, senior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) dished her first dime of 2019 to Davis, putting the Panthers up by a score of 14-4. Also of note, freshman Eme Edman (Niles, Mich.) tallied her second collegiate goal with 5:59, as HC never surrendered their double digit advantage.
Boomershine led all scoring with eight points by hitting the back of the net on the same amount of occasions. Davis had seven points on a trio of goals and four helpers, while Finn had five points on four scores and an assist. Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) and Atchison each had four points; Laymon co-led the squad with four caused turnovers, while Atchison did the saem in draw controls, collecting five on the day.
Defensively, Mundt was tied for the team high with four forced giveaways and five groundballs, while senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) corralled five grounders and added a pair of caused turnovers. In the net, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made eight saves and scooped up a quintet of groundballs.
As a unit, the Panther defense held the Lions to just 60 percent on clear attempts, while winning the turnover battle by a margin of 24 to 17. Offensively, they outshot MSJ 40 to 21, including a 21 to 8 gap in the second half.
The Blue and Red will close the regular season when they host the Anderson Ravens at Alumni Stadium, with action slated for 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27.
Contact: Tyler Jester