Panthers head east for three conference matchups in three days

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Written by Sports Information Student Assistant Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's lacrosse team will look to garner a trio of wins in the midst of a six-game road stretch as they travel to face conference rivals Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), Thiel (Pa.), and Waynesburg (Pa.).

The Panthers will play the Presidents of W&J at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21 before squaring off against the Thiel Tomcats at the same start time on Sunday, April 22. They will then turn around to face Waynesburg at 3 p.m., Monday, April 23.

THE COMPETITION: Washington & Jefferson currently has a 9-2 overall record including a 6-1 slate in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. After a season-opening loss to Frostburg State (Md.), W&J has won five straight in Washington by an average margin that exceeds 11 goals per game. Meanwhile, Thiel sits at 4-8 on the campaign, with a 4-5 mark in the conference. In HC's 2017 matchup against the Tomcats, the Blue and Red came out with a 14-5 victory. Waynesburg currently has an 0-11 overall record including 0-7 in the ORLC. 

LAYMON LAYING IT ON: Sophomore Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) continues to pile on the scoring, as she currently leads the team with 35 goals while co-heading the squad with 40 points. After her one-goal, two-assist performance in last Sunday's win over Westminster (Pa.), Laymon only has one game without a goal this season. Further, her two helpers marks the second straight performance in which she's had a pair of assists. 

MAD MAL: Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) has been on fire as of late, posting three games of five-plus goals and one-plus assists in her last four outings. This includes a five-goal, one-assist performance in the 12-8 victory over the Westminster Titans last Sunday. For the campaign, Fogus is tied for the squad-high in points (40) while being second for Hanover in goals (34). Fogus has also been highly proficient in draw controls this year, as she leads the team and ranks 11th in the ORLC with 48.

DAVIS'S DAZZLING DIMES: Sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) continues to post impressive season totals, particularly in the assists category. On the year, Davis's 18 dishes rank tops for the Panthers and fifth in the league. In her last showing against the Titans, Davis hit the back of the net twice while adding a helper to make it nine straight games in which she's registered a point.

SHROYER'S DEFENSIVE STAND: Senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has anchored the Hanover defense, which has been one of the top units in the country this season. Shroyer's 25 caused turnovers position her fifth in the conference, while her 39 groundballs rank seventh. Shroyer has forced a giveaway in eight of her last nine contests, and in seven of those she has caused two or more.

NET MINDING NATIONALLY RANKED: The goalkeeping unit, led by senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) has been one of the best in the nation, as they are 11th in NCAA Division III in save percentage at a .557 clip. For Mousa, her .520 mark ranks second in the ORLC, while her goal against average of 9.85 is good for third. In her most recent outing, Mousa made a career-high 18 saves, allowing just one goal in the final 15 minutes to hold off a potential comeback by Westminster.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu