Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to regain momentum this weekend as they host Olivet (Mich.) at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 23. The women will then have a quick turnaround, starting a series of nine conference matchups with Saturday's matchup against Waynesburg (Pa.) at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24.
OFFENSE REMAINS HOT: Throughout the season, the offensive attack has remained strong. Sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) has continued to produce, such her four-goal performance in a recent 13-11 victory over Elmhurst (Ill.) this past Sunday. In the contest, Laymon also registered her first assist of the season. For the year, Laymon leads the Panthers in goals (23) and total points (24)
Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) has also been solid in the past two contests, scoring six goals and adding an assist of her own. For the campaign, Fogus now has 14 goals and 16 total points, which each qualify for second on the squad.
Sophomore Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) has come on strong the past two contests as well, producing five of her seven season goals including a four-goal performance on five shots in the recent win against Elmhurst. All of her recent scores have come during free position attempts. Her 10 total points rank third for the Blue and Red, while her three assists are also third on the squad.
DEFENSE & GOALKEEPING STRENGTH: Senior defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has played impressive, all-conference defense this season, as she places in the top five of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in groundballs, draw controls and caused turnovers. Her 16 groundballs rank fifth for the ORLC as do her 23 draw controls. The senior's 11 caused turnovers, however, qualify her runner-up in the conference.
Senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) and sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) have continued consistent play in split time in goal this season. Long and Mousa each hold top five save percentages in the conference, with Long's .667 save percentage topping the ORLC. Mousa ranks fifth in the conference with 40 total saves. Both net minders also rank in the top five in goals-against-average (GAA).
THE COMPETITION: The Olivet Comets are currently 0-3 on the season after a recent 17-3 loss to Cornell (Iowa). Saturday's opponent, the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets, sit at 0-1 on the season following a 23-0 loss against West Virginia Wesleyan and they will travel to face Franklin Friday before heading to Hanover. The last time HC and the Waynesburg met, the Panthers won the contest 16-6 which included a trio of three-goal performances and five mutli-goal showings.
Contact: Tyler Jester