Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's lacrosse team garnered its first Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference victory Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium with an 18-4 decision over Earlham.
The Panthers (4-3, 1-1 HCLC) were the first squad on the board as junior Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) hit the back of the net with 11:49 remaining in the first period. The Quakers (1-4, 1-1 HCLC) responded on their ensuing possession and at 11:22 the score was 1-1. At 9:52 and 9:49, HC tallied a pair of scores from sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) and senior Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.), respectively, to put them up 3-1.
Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) and senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) added goals at the 9:04 and 5:32 marks, which extended a 5-1 Hanover advantage. The Quakers answered with 32 seconds left in the frame, but a second goal from King would help the Blue and Red to a 6-2 lead at the end of one quarter of play.
After a high scoring first period, the game slowed down in the second, as King and Fonner were the lone players to hit the back of the net for either team at 5:55 and 3:19 left in the half. By the time the second frame was over, Hanover led Earlham by a score of 8-2.
The Panthers' three consecutive scores to close the half were the first of 11 unanswered makes between the end of the first frame and 10:49 in the fourth. Sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.) kicked off the second half by hitting the back of the net with 12:31 on the clock. At 12:24, Schell followed with his second goal of the afternoon to take a 10-2 upper hand.
Hanover took one of its two largest leads with 10:49 in the contest, as freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) tallied the first of his two scores on the afternoon to push a 16-2 Panther advantage. From that point forward, each side would trade two scores as HC held their ground.
King had a career-high five goals and three points to tie his single-game high of eight points that he accomplished in 2018. Schell had a quartet of assists and a pair of scores to tie his personal-best of six points in a contest. Schell also led the squad with 10 groundballs, while going 18-of-19 in faceoffs. Kimmins, Fonner and junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.) each hit the back of the net twice, as did Wheeler while dishing one dime.
Defensively, Fonner, along with juniors Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) and Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) had a pair of caused turnovers, with Clay grabbing eight groundballs. In goal, junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) had six saves.
As a unit, Hanover was 23-for-25 from the faceoff "x," leading to a 44-27 margin in groundballs and a 56-22 gap in shots. On their crucial run in the second and third frames, the Blue and Red had 29 shot attempts to 7 for Earlham, while being an unblemished eight-of-eight in faceoffs.
Hanover will next take the field when it hosts the Fontbonne (Mo.) Griffins, with action set for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23.
Contact: Tyler Jester