Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - In the home opener of the 2020 campaign, the Hanover women's lacrosse team garnered a 20-6 win over Bethel (Ind.), aided my multi-point showings from six Panther players.
The Blue and Red opened up scoring at 26:43, when senior Laurel Atchison (Florence, Ky.) received a pass from senior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky) and cashed in on the score to give HC a 1-0 lead. At 25:36, Bethel answered with a goal from Becca Broadwick to knot the score at 1-1. On Hanover's next possession, senior Kinna Balasko (Fishers, Ind.) put one in the back of the net to give the Panthers the 2-1 advantage at 24:49. Between this point and 20:49, Boomershine and Balasko alternated on a series of three goals, with the latter two assisted by senior Meg Finn (Newburgh, Ind.), helping HC to a 5-1 upper hand.
At 20:17, the Pilots answered by finding the net for the second time, but Hanover fired back with a string of seven unanswered scores between 19:04 and 5:45 on the clock. Boomershine scored two unassisted goals, sandwiching a pair of conversions that were helped by sophomore Milah Young (Granger, Ind.), who dished one to Balasko before registering a score at 14:23. HC made their first of three free position shots on the day when senior Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) knocked it home at 9:31. Finn notched her first goal a minute later, before sophomore Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) rounded off the run with 5:45 until halftime. At 4:53, Broadwick netted her second score to cut the deficit to 12-3, which they entered the half with.
Following the break, Balasko scored on a free position attempt at 28:57, followed closely by a goal from Boomershine with 26:09 to play. The Pilots hit at 24:28 to make it a 14-4 Panther advantage, before Bommershine assisted Balasko to put HC ahead by a 15-4 margin. Broadwick hit the back of the net for the third time with just over 17 minutes remaining, before Hanover started a three-goal run. In the middle of the string, sophomore Eme Edman (Niles, Mich.) dished a dime to Balasko for a goal that gave Hanover a 17-5 lead. Bethel would score once more via Sarah Konecny at 8:40, but the Blue and Red rounded off the afternoon with two more for the final.
Balasko and Boomershine each finished with eight total points. Balasko tied her career-best with seven goals, adding one assist for the eighth point. Boomershine notched six scores and a pair of dimes to reach the total. Finn tallied two goals and two assists for four points, Atchison and Young each finished with three points, with Young hitting the back of the net twice. On the other hand, Atchison dished a pair of helpers and added one score. Todd had one goal and one assist, while Edman distributed one dime.
Defensively, senior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made 13 saves and corralled three groundballs in 30 minutes of action. Sophomore Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.) made three more saves in the second half in relief of Long. The squad caused 12 turnovers, led by three from Balasko. Todd led the team with 11 groundballs.
Hanover will next take the field when they travel to Trine (Ind.), with action slated for 1 p.m., Saturday, February 29.