Women's lacrosse falls in its first HCLC Championship appearance

Milah Young

LEXINGTON, Ky. – On a wet and gloomy day, the Hanover College women's lacrosse team could not get its offensive attack going, falling in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Championship game at Transylvania, 20-0.

The Panthers were afforded five shots in the match, with four coming on goal. Freshman Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) paced the attack with two attempts. Senior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.), along with freshmen Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) and Dianet Sanchez-Vega (Louisville, Ky.) each recorded one shot.

In net, junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.) saw Transylvania (15-4) fire off 47 total shots and combined for 14 saves. Benner, who played a season-high 49 minutes, accumulated 11 stops.

Freshman Emily Christian (Louisville, Ky.) tallied a team-best four groundballs, while Mundt added three. Senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) had multiple retrievals as well.

Transylvania scored six times in the first 10 minutes of action to jump out to a 6-0 lead. The Pioneers eventually led 14-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, Transy did most of its offensive damage early on, tallying four of its six goals in the first 16 minutes of play. Hanover had arguably its best opportunity on offense near the eight-minute mark, but both of its shots were saved.

The Panthers finished the season winners in five of their last six games to finish with an 8-9 overall record. Hanover compiled a 4-2 HCAC mark to earn the tournament's No. 3 seed. The Blue and Red defeated No. 2 Earlham in the semifinal round, 16-4, to secure the program's first conference tournament championship appearance.

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