Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team defeated Baldwin-Wallace University (Ohio), 13-7, to set a school single-season record for victories and also register the four-year-old program’s first four-match winning streak.
Hanover, now 6-1 overall, outscored Baldwin-Wallace 9-3 in the second half to pull away for the triumph in the first meeting between the squads.
Senior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) scored three goals and added a pair of assists, while junior attackers Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) each netted three goals, to fuel the win.
Coe and junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) each scored in the opening seven minutes to give the Panthers an early two-goal lead.
Baldwin-Wallace (3-1) answered with four consecutive goals to eventually build a 4-2 cushion one minute into the second period.
Green scored with 11:19 left in the half and Hermes followed nearly five minutes later with a goal off a Coe pass to knot the match at 4-4 heading into the break.
Hanover claimed control of the match in the third stanza. The Panthers’ defense held the Yellow Jackets scoreless, while the offense got two goals from Coe and another by junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) to gain a 7-4 advantage.
Green nudged Hanover’s lead to 8-4 with a goal three minutes into the fourth quarter. Baldwin-Wallace countered with a goal less than one minute later to trim the margin to 8-5.
Freshman midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) and Cheatle each hit the back of the net within a 60-second span to increase the Panthers’ lead to 10-5 midway through the fourth frame.
Hanover outscored the Yellow Jackets 3-2 in the final six minute to lock up the victory.
The Panthers posted a 52-30 advantage in shots. Green led the assault with 16 shots. The squad scored the three key third-period goals on just eight attempts.
Hanover converted 21-of-23 clears and won 11-of-22 face-offs.
The Panthers had a 45-40 edge in ground balls. Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the squad with six ground balls. Cheatle and senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) had five apiece.
Junior goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) turned away 10 shots.
Published Sunday, March 16, 2014