Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. – In a back and forth affair that included multi-score runs from each squad in the second half, the Hanover women's lacrosse team suffered an 11-9 defeat at Heidelberg (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon.
The Student Princes (3-0 overall) notched the first two scores of the afternoon at the 29:39 and 28:16 marks to put the Panthers (3-overall) in an early 2-0 hole. The Blue and Red fired back with a score from sophomore Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) at 20:04 thanks to an assist from senior Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) that cut their deficit in half. At 14:47, sophomore Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) made a free position shot that tied it at a 2-2 tally. Minutes later, Heidelberg would respond with a free position goal of their own, which gave them a 3-2 advantage that they carried into halftime.
The second half started off with a bang from HC, as senior Kinna Balasko (Fishers, Ind.) found the back of the net at 27:51 to tie it up at a 3-3 margin. Less than 20 seconds later, Young would connect for the second time of the afternoon to put HC ahead 4-3 with 27:32 to go. Though the Student Princes knotted the score, the Blue and Red went on a three-goal run thanks to a trio of scores from Balasko to take a 7-4 lead. Heidelberg rallied for two quick scores at 21:54 and 19:14 that cut Hanover's advantage to 7-6, but Boomershine and Breeding would cancel these out by finding the back of the net to extend a 9-6 upper hand. This would not down the Student Princes, though, as they would come back to rifle off five consecutive scores between 13:08 and 1:12, which ultimately turned the tide against the Blue and Red.
Individually, Balasko had four goals to lead the Panthers. Young tied her in total points thanks to a pair of scores and assists, with both dimes going to Balasko on her second half string. Breeding would end the afternoon with two goals, while Boomershine hit the back of the net once and dished one helper. Defensively, senior Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made 17 saves, marking her fifth straight appearance with double digit stops.
Collectively, HC put up a .346 shot percentage while allowing just a .275 clip to the Student Princes. On goal, the squads were neck-and-neck, with the Blue and Red putting 69 percent of their attempts on goal. In addition, Hanover went 6-for-13 on free position shots, while allowing just a 1-of-11 finish for Heidelberg. In the net, the Panthers had a .607 save percentage, while the Student Princes completed the game with a .500 efficiency in stops.
The Blue and Red will look to rebound at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, when they travel to Franklin for their Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference opener.