Panthers ride offensive momentum to third straight win

Rachel Davis

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – For the third consecutive game, the Hanover women's lacrosse team scored 20 or more goals on the road, as they defeated Thomas More (Ky.) Wednesday afternoon, 20-2.

A trio of Panthers (11-5, 8-2 ORLC) tallied at least four goals Wednesday, including sophomore Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.), who paced the squad with five. The sophomore added a first half assist to give her a season-high six points in the game.

Adding four goals apiece were sophomores Meg Finn (Newburg, Ind.) and Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.). Finn did most of her damage in the second half, scoring three times, while Laymon tallied four goals during HC's 6-0 spurt to close the first half.

Leading by three goals after a Thomas More (1-8, 1-8 ORLC) score at the 13:01 mark of the opening half, Laymon's first goal ignited the scoring spurt. Hanover would take an 11-2 lead into the intermission.

Sophomore Julia Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made five of her six saves in the second half, keeping the Saints off the board. Long has only allowed four goals over the last 150 minutes of action.

Behind the efforts of Boomershine and Finn, who combined for six second half goals, Hanover outscored TMC 9-0 over the final 30 minutes. Sophomore Jillian Church (Goshen, Ky.) added two goals late and junior Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) had one of her two goals in the second half. Davis also assisted on five goals, including the final three HC scores, giving her a team-high seven points.

Senior Mallory Fogus (Grosse, Ile, Mich.) got the Panther offense going, as she was a part of the first three goals for HC. Fogus found the back of the net twice before assisting on a Sarah Todd (Columbus, Ohio) goal, which put the Blue and Red in front 3-0 just over two minutes in. The senior finished with the two goals, three assists and a team-high nine draw controls.

Classmate Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) added four draw controls as HC enjoyed a 17-7 edge in the statistical category. Junior Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) totaled three of Hanover's nine caused turnovers to pace the defensive effort. Her classmate, Maria Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio), also forced multiple Saint giveaways.

The Panthers would finish the contest with a 29-12 advantage in total shot attempts, which was led by Boomershine, Finn and Laymon, who all posted five tries. Almost all of HC's attempts were quality looks as the squad finished with 27 shots on goal.

With just one game remaining in the regular season, Hanover will host Saint Vincent (Pa.) at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 28, in what will be for third place in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference standings. The winner will also be the No. 3 seed in next week's tournament, which will be held at Transylvania (Ky.).

Contact: Tyler Jester