HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal fourth quarter deficit and capped the comeback with a game-winning goal by senior Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) in a 14-13, triple overtime thriller at home against Westminster (Pa.) Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers (6-3), who have now tied their longest winning streak of the season at three games, trailed 13-8 with 12:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. Junior Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) began the rally with three straight points, two goals and an assist on a score by freshman Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.). Hanover trailed 13-11 with 7:21 showing on the clock.
Sophomore Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) had two goals late to tie the game at 13-all. The sophomore scored one of his team-high five goals at 1:25 and then added another goal with 4.6 seconds remaining. Junior Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) retrieved one of his 10 groundballs with 15 seconds remaining and went the length of the field before passing off to Kimmins for the game-tying score. Clay also tallied four caused turnovers, running his team-high season total to 16.
In the first four-minute overtime period, both sides were given man-up opportunities but neither the Panthers or Titans (3-4) could capitalize. Hanover's man-down defense was a perfect eight-for-eight in the contest.
The second overtime session started with two saves by junior Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio). Dubrava made seven of his 15 stops in the fourth quarter and first two overtime periods. The junior was one of four players for HC with at least five groundballs as well.
The stalemate continued in the second extra session but a Westminster penalty with 12 seconds remaining gave HC a man-up opportunity to start the third overtime. Hanover started with possession in what would be the final period. Kimmins launched a pass across the offensive zone over to junior Patrick Boylston (Boca Raton, Fla.), who dropped in a pass to Schell for the game-winning goal just 21 seconds into the period.
Boylston finished with three assists in the game, two of which came on the game-ending 6-0 scoring run for the Blue and Red. All three of Schell's goals came after the start of the fourth quarter. The senior also had a team-best 11 groundballs and was 15-23 in face-offs.
Kimmins paced the Panthers with eight points in the contest, including five goals and three assists. The sophomore also tallied a team-high 17 shots. Fonner added three goals and three assists for six total points. Rounding out the scoring for HC was Meinhart, two goals and one assist, and sophomore Jackson Wheeler (Indianapolis, Ind.), one goal.
The Panthers got off to a fast start, scoring the game's first three goals over the opening six minutes of play. Kimmins scored twice and Fonner also found the back of the net during the game-opening spurt. Another Kimmins goal helped lead HC to a 4-3 edge after one period.
Westminster outscored HC 7-2 in the second quarter to capture a 10-6 advantage at halftime. The Panthers were outshot 11-6 in the second stanza.
A low-scoring third quarter saw just two goals, one for each team. Hanover and Westminster both scored early in the frame, with the Panther goal coming from Schell off a pass by Fonner. The Titans scored two of the first three goals in the fourth to take the aforementioned five-goal lead.
Overall, Hanover enjoyed a 48-39 edge in total shots, including a 24-13 advantage from the fourth quarter on. The Panthers also caused 11 of WC's 26 turnovers, while only giving away possession 15 times themselves.
Hanover will look to continue its winning ways when the team travels to Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, Ind. for its next contest. The Panthers will face North Central (Ill.) in the neutral-site contest at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 30.
Contact: Tyler Jester