Women's lacrosse sets single season win record with 24-1 triumph at Waynesburg

Meg Finn

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – One day after setting a new program mark for goals in a game, the Hanover women's lacrosse team reset the record during a 24-1 win at Waynesburg (Pa.) Monday afternoon.

During the offensive explosion, 15 different players scored for Hanover (10-5, 7-2 ORLC), with seven Panthers logging multiple goals. Sophomores Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) and Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) both tallied a team-high three goals, while classmate Jillian Church (Goshen, Ky.) paced the Panthers with five total points. Church scored two goals while dishing out a team-best three assists.

Senior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio), who usually spends her time in goal, appeared on the offensive attack Monday, recording her first career goals and assists. Mousa logged two goals and two assists, with three of her points coming on consecutive scores in the first half.

The senior's defensive classmate, Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.), also got in on the offensive action, posting her first two goals of the season, both coming in the second half. The third senior completing the trifecta for the usual defense is Cassidy Coates (Evansville, Ind.), who added her first career goal and assist Monday.

Additional multi-goal efforts came from sophomores Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) and Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio). Junior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) added one goal and two assists, all of which came in the first half of play.

Finn and Laymon got the Panthers off to a fast start scoring five of the first seven goals for the Blue and Red, all of which came during the opening 11 minutes of action. Overall, 10 Hanover players scored in the first half, including junior Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio), who recorded her first career goal at the 5:39 mark.

Hanover led 14-0 at the intermission, thanks in large part to a 39-1 advantage in total shot attempts. The Panthers would go on to finish the 60-minute contest with a 54-3 edge in shots, including a 34-2 mark in attempts on goal. Laymon guided HC with eight shots, including four on goal.

The second half saw HC score the opening eight goals, extending its lead to 22-0, with 7:59 showing on the clock. The Yellow Jackets (0-13, 0-9 ORLC) were able to get a shot past goalkeeper Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) late, but that would be the only goal Waynesburg could score on the sophomore. Long has played the last 90 minutes in goal for HC, allowing just two goals, while making eight saves.

Staying with the defensive theme, both Shroyer and Coates recorded multiple caused turnovers in the contest, as the Panthers forced the Yellow Jackets into 10 of their 24 giveaways. Shroyer also tied Davis for the team high in groundballs with five. With her defensive statistics, Shroyer now has over 200 groundballs and 100 caused turnovers for her career.

Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) and junior Kori Lowes (Clarkston, Mich.) accumulated a combined 13 draw controls Monday, with Fogus notching a team-best seven. Overall, HC enjoyed a 23-3 edge in draw controls, including a 15-0 advantage in the first half.

Monday's win was also a momentous one for the Hanover women's lacrosse program, as it sets a new program record for wins in a single season. The Panthers also secured a spot in their second consecutive Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament, which will take place next Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

The regular season for HC will wrap up later this week with contests at Thomas More (Ky.) Wednesday, April 25, and home versus Saint Vincent (Pa.) Saturday, April 28. The Panthers and Saints are slated to meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Contact: Tyler Jester