Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - With the commencement of the 2020 Hanover women's lacrosse season less than a week away, it is time that we take a look at the key returning players from the 2019 squad and the new additions that will look to aid in the Panthers' success.
THE ATTACK RUNNERS: The returning attackers are led by senior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.), who carved out a major role for herself on offense last year following the graduation of Mallory Fogus. Boomershine slotted third for HC in scoring with 44 points on 41 goals and three assists, helping her to eclipse 100 career points. In each of her three years at Hanover, her totals in points and scores have increased from the prior campaign.
She surpassed the century mark in perhaps her best career game: On April 20, when the Blue and Red hosted Mount St. Joseph, Boomershine hit the back of the net on eight of her ten shot attempts, setting a new program record for goals in a single contest.
Also finding a groove in her third year was senior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.), who racked up 36 points on 17 scores and 19 helpers after totaling 16 points in her freshman and sophomore campaigns. While Atchison did not shoot in great volume, she made it count when she did: she registered just 26 shots, making 17 of them for a .654 shooting percentage that led the league among players with 20-plus attempts. Atchison had her season-high of four goals in a win over Franklin on April 6, and dished out a yearly-best four dimes in a victory over Anderson (Ind.) on April 27.
Adding to the group are a pair of sophomores in Dianet Sanchez-Vega (Louisville, Ky.) and Eme Edman (Niles, Mich.), who both saw fairly limited action in the presence of the starting trio of Atchison, Boomershine, and the now-graduated Rachel Davis. Nonetheless, Sanchez-Vega managed to garner two starts, and over the course of the year totaled nine points on five goals and four assists. Sanchez-Vega put up one score and one helper against Franklin, while corralling a trio of groundballs. Edman, on the other hand, totaled six points on four scores and a pair of dimes in nine appearances.
MAYHEM IN THE MIDDLE: Spearheading this group is senior Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.), who led Hanover in scoring with 51 goals and 62 overall points. Her 141 points is third in Panther history, behind Rachel Davis (163) and Mallory Fogus (176). Additionally, Laymon ranks second in program lore with 118 scores. In 15 games played, Laymon put up five-plus points on six occasions, with nine points coming against Franklin in the form of seven scores and a pair of dimes. For her performances, Laymon was awarded a spot on the HCLC First Team, her first yearly recognition from the conference.
Helping to bolster the group is senior Meg Finn (Newburgh, Ind.), who has totaled 62 points in her three campaigns for the Blue and Red. In 2019, Finn registered 25 points on 16 goals and nine assists. In addition, Finn won 41 draw controls on the year, just shy of her 43 that she totaled in 2018. Finn was a regular on the stat sheet, as she tallied points in 12 of her 16 appearances.
Rounding out the trio of fourth-years in the midfield is senior Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio), who hit the back of the net on 11 occasions to help her to a career total of 28 points. In addition to her scores, Todd caused a career-best 13 turnovers, bringing her collegiate tally of 29 over three seasons. Todd played particularly well in her last four outings, with seven goals over the stretch.
A pair of sophomores in Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) and Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) will look to build off their freshman successes. Young finished the campaign with 15 points on 10 goals and five assists, with four multi-point showings. Additionally, Young led Hanover with 47 draw controls and came runner-up on the squad with 35 groundballs. Additionally, Young had 17 caused turnovers, which leads all returning players. Her best offensive line came versus Franklin, when Young put up four points on two scores and two helpers.
Breeding finished her freshman campaign with five points on three goals and two assists in limited playing time. Her best outing came against Anderson, where Breeding hit her lone shot attempt and distributed a pair of dimes for three points on the afternoon.
PROTECTING THE H: The Blue and Red graduated perhaps their best defensive pieces in Maria Cornacchione and Hannah Mundt, but they also have seven defenders and goalkeepers returning in 2020, along with a pair of new additions.
The group is juiced by senior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio), who enjoyed her first season as the full-time goalkeeper. In this role, Long excelled, helping the squad to a .524 total save percentage, which ranked 20th in NCAA Division III women's lacrosse. Her individual mark of .511 was second in the league, and her 143 saves ranked third in the HCLC. In addition, her 60 groundballs was the third-highest number in the conference and outpaced all other goalies by more than 20. Arguably her best showing came in a come-from-behind victory over Trine (Ind.), as Long held the Thunder scoreless for over 40 minutes, while totaling 14 saves.
Helping out in the net was sophomore Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.), who played 196 minutes in the net and earned one start. Over this time, Benner put up a .583 save percentage, making 35 stops. Perhaps her best outing, though, came against Muskingum (Ohio), where she made eight saves in the second half without letting up a single score, helping HC to complete a shutout of the Fighting Muskies.
The most experienced of the defenders is senior Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.), who over 52 games played has made 46 starts. In her time, Davis has corralled 55 groundballs and caused 23 turnovers. In 2019, Davis corralled 19 groundballs and forced eight errors. Versus the Thunder, Davis aided the defense with six groundballs and two caused turnovers, both of which were season-highs for her.
Davis's classmate, senior Anna Zumvorde (Cincinnati, Ohio), also heavily contributed to the cause, racking up a career-high 15 caused turnovers in 2019. In addition, Zumvorde scooped up eight groundballs. Zumvorde started the campaign on a roll, causing seven turnovers over their first four contests. Versus Muskingum, she forced a trio of Muskie errors for her season-best total.
Also putting up double-digit caused turnovers was sophomore Emily Christian (Louisville, Ky.), who forced 13 giveaways in her first year as a member of the Blue and Red. Additionally, Christian totaled 25 groundballs, which led all players classified as defenders. Versus Asbury (Ky.) in the season opener, Christian corralled five groundballs and three caused turnovers, both of which either marked season-bests or tied for them.
In her second season on the lacrosse squad, junior Charlotte Verbanic (Columbus, Ind.) forced five turnovers and rounded up 13 groundballs, bringing her totals to eight and 20 in the respective categories. Rounding out the returning defenders is sophomore Britney Hernandez (Louisville, Ky.), who quickly became a fixture in the lineup starting in 11 of her 14 appearances. In those appearances, Hernandez totaled eight groundballs and one caused turnover.
The group will be further helped by a pair of freshmen in Faith Fries (Indianapolis, Ind.) and KC Goodin (Martinsville, Ind.), who will look to carve out a role in the deep group of Hanover defenders.
The Panthers will kick off their season when they travel to face Butler (Ind.), with action slated for 1 p.m., Saturday, February 15.