Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to carry its positive momentum into the weekend as they host Anderson in the 2019 regular season finale.
The Panthers will meet with the Ravens in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader, with action slated for 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at Alumni Stadium.
COMING DOWN THE PIPE: The Blue and Red are currently 6-8 overall with a 3-2 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference. With wins in three of its last four, all over HCLC foes, HC sits in a tie for third in the conference standings with Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) entering the final weekend prior to the postseason. With either a Hanover victory Saturday or a Lion loss to Transylvania (Ky.) that same afternoon, the squad can secure the third seed entering the conference tournament. This campaign will mark the third consecutive that the team has appeared in the league tourney after achieving its first ever berth in 2017 as a then third-year program.
MUNDT WINS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) received HCLC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career following her performance on April 20 versus Mount St. Joseph. In the 20-5 triumph, Mundt forced four Lions errors and corralled five groundballs, both of which co-led the Blue and Red. This improved her 2019 totals to 32 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers, both of which are approaching her collegiate-bests of 35 and 18 in their respective categories.
Mundt is having a successful month, as she has scooped up 18 grounders and forced 11 giveaways in the month of April. She has also added on the offensive end, scoring four goals and one assist, with three scores coming on four shots against Thomas More (Ky.) on April 13; her outing against the Saints was fruitful on both ends, as she grabbed five groundballs and caused a trio of turnovers.
CORNACCHIONE LEAVING CLAWMARKS: Senior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been a problem for opposing offenses this year, causing 24 turnovers to rank second in the HCLC. She is also among the top 20 in groundballs, having corralled 37. In her last two showings, Cornacchione has nine groundballs and four forced errors. On Senior Day against Thomas More, she scooped up four grounders and caused a pair of giveaways.
BOOMERSHINE MAKES HISTORY: Junior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) made Hanover history versus MSJ by registering eight goals to the program mark of seven. In addition to scoring, she forced a pair of Lions giveaways. Boomershine has 11 points over her last two outings, bringing her to 32 scores, three dimes, and 35 points. This effectively helped Boomershine achieve her seasonal bests in both points and goals.
PANTHERS ON THE PROWL: Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) currently leads the HCLC with an average of two assists per game, and is second in totals helpers with 28 this year. In addition to her penchant for dishing dimes, Davis has 21 scores this season, which is just one shy of her collegiate-high set in 2018. In the last two contests, Davis has 15 points on five scores and 10 helpers; versus MSJ, Davis hit the back of the net on three instances while dishing four assists. Davis has had three multi-point performances in the last four clashes, all resulting in HC victories.
Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) leads the Blue and Red in goals and total scoring, having notched 47 scores, 10 helpers, and 57 points. Among her conference foes, Laymon ranks third in goals scored and fifth in total points. In action with the Lions on April 20, Laymon hit the back of the net twice, dished two dimes, won four draw controls, and caused a trio of MSJ giveaways. She has 17 points in the last three Panther wins, including a personal-best seven goals on April 6 versus Franklin (Ind.).
Junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) has nine points in her last two appearances, with two scores and two assists coming against Mount St. Joseph. That afternoon, Atchison also tallied five draw controls, her most since the HC triumph over Trine (Ind.) earlier this year. In the past three HC wins, all in interconference action, Atchison has tallied four-plus points on 50 percent shooting, with a career-best six coming on April 6 at the hands of the Grizzlies. In 2019, Atchison has 13 scores and 14 dimes for 27 points at a .667 shooting clip.
SCOUTING ANDERSON: The Anderson Ravens are 2-7 on the season with a 2-3 slate in the HCLC. The Ravens have been the victors in two of their past three, with triumphs coming over Franklin and Thomas More. Freshman Samantha Huber leads Anderson with 28 points, with 15 coming in the Ravens' two wins this year.
Contact: Tyler Jester