Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - After a 2019 campaign that saw the Hanover women's lacrosse team make their first foray into the conference tournament finals, six Panthers garnered honors from the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference.
Four women were named to the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference first team, with three of them being seniors. On the offensive side of the ball, senior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned her inaugural selection to the first team after scoring 57 points on 24 goals and 33 assists. On April 13 versus Thomas More (Ky.), Davis had one of her best statistical performances of the year, as she notched eight points on a pair of scores and six dimes. This was Davis's third outing of six or more points in 2019, with all of them coming on a four-game string between April 6 and April 20.
Her season totals mark the second straight time that she scored 50-plus points, as she had 60 points in 2018. In helpers, her total ranked third in the HCLC, while her 1.94 assists per game were among the top 100 in NCAA Division III. Davis leaves HC as the second leading point scorer in Panther history (163), while her 84 dimes are tops in the record books for the Blue and Red.
Junior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) was the other Hanover attacker named to the first team, after a year in which she finished third in the conference in goals (51) and sixth in points (62). Both were collegiate-bests for Laymon, which helped her to become the third player in program history to record 100 points, joining Davis and Mallory Fogus. As of now, Laymon has 118 scores and 141 points in her three-year career. Laymon cemented a place in Panther lore on April 6 at Franklin (Ind.), when she tied the highest single contest point total of nine on seven scores and a pair of dimes. This was the first time that any player had reached nine points since Cassie Hendrickson did so in 2016 against Trine (Ind.); moreover, it was the the first instance of seven-plus scores for HC since she did so in 2018 against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).
A pair of senior defenders, Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.), also made their initial appearances onto the HCLC first team. Cornacchione played in every matchup on the schedule for the first time since her freshman campaign. Her presence proved to be critical, as she was fourth in the league with 24 caused turnovers. In addition, she slotted among the top 20 in the conference with 43 groundballs. In both cases, Cornacchione recorded personal-highs for a season. Cornacchione had an impressive showing versus the Thunder on March 20, when she corralled five groundballs and precipitated four Trine giveaways. This began a stretch of three games in which Cornacchione tallied at least three grounders and three forced errors. Cornacchione finishes her collegiate career with 75 groundballs and 41 caused turnovers. Additionally, Cornacchione hit the back of the net on a pair of occasions over her four-year stint as a member of the Blue and Red.
Mundt, on the other hand, posted career-bests in groundballs (46) and caused turnovers (21), both of which were among the top 10 in the conference. On top of that, Mundt hit the back of the net on six instances and dished one dime for seven points. In both grounders and forced errors, Mundt increased her totals over each successive season. Mundt was the recipient of two straight HCLC Defensive Player of the Week awards for performances against Thomas More, MSJ, and Anderson (Ind.) in the month of April. Versus the Saints, Mundt scored three times, corralled five groundballs, and forced three Saints errors. Against the Ravens on April 27, Mundt had one goal, seven grounders, and five caused turnovers. Over this three-contest stretch, Mundt grabbed 17 groundballs and forced 12 giveaways. At the conclusion of her Hanover career, Mundt finishes with 20 goals and 16 assists for 36 points on offense; defensively, she totaled 126 groundballs and 60 caused turnovers.
The lone second-teamer for this squad is junior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), who anchored a netminding unit that ranked 22nd in Division III in save percentage (.524) in 2019. Individually, Long slotted second in the league with a .511 clip, while finishing third in the HCLC with 143 saves. Also of note are Long's 60 groundballs, which is the third-highest total in the conference and leads all goalkeepers by more than 20. Versus the Thunder, Long recorded a .737 save percentage, allowing just five goals while stopping 14 Trine shots. At one point during the comeback win for HC, Long held the Thunder without a score for 40 minutes of game time. In addition, Long led the Blue and Red on the afternoon with seven groundballs.
The Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship award for Hanover was handed to junior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.), whose .654 shot percentage finished as the best mark in the HCLC among players with more than 10 shots. In scoring, her 17 goals, 19 dimes and 36 points were all career-bests as a member of the Blue and Red. Atchison bolstered her scoring totals with four appearances of five-plus points in a five contest span during the month of April. Atchison had a collegiate-high four scores at Franklin before notching seven points on three goals and four dimes against the Ravens. During the stretch, Atchison had 23 points, while shooting 12-of-17 (.706) from the field.
As a unit, the Panthers went 8-9 overall with a 4-2 slate in HCLC play. The Blue and Red made program history by making their first appearance in the HCLC Tournament Finals against Transylvania (Ky.). In conjunction, they earned their highest seeding out of their three tournament berths by grabbing the second seed in the final HCLC regular season standings.
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