Lacrosse drops league opener at Aurora

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad kicked off its Midwest Lacrosse Conference slate with a 23-3 loss on the road at Aurora University (Ill.). The match was held Saturday, March 16, in Aurora, Ill.

Aurora (3-3; 2-0 MLC) built a 10-1 lead at the half and blew the contest open with 11 goals in the third period.

Sophomore midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored two goals to lead Hanover’s attack. Sophomore attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) added a goal and an assist for the Panthers (1-4; 0-1 MLC).

Aurora outshot Hanover by a 65-20 margin. The Spartans had a 33-8 advantage in the first half and a 24-2 cushion in the third quarter.

Sophomore goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) posted 12 saves, but allowed 14 goals in 31 minutes in the Panthers’ net.

Aurora earned 17-of-30 face-offs, converted 31-of-34 clears and had 69 ground balls to 40 for Hanover.

The Panthers also turned the ball over 45 times.

Freshman midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) captured 8-of-16 face-offs and had four ground balls. Junior defender Adrian Mohnacs (Woodbridge, Va.) led Hanover with five ground balls.

Hanover at Aurora (Ill.) statistics