Second-half drought dooms lacrosse

Otterbein University (Ohio) outscored Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team 8-2 in the second half and rolled to a 13-5 win, Saturday, April 7, at L.S. Ayres Field.

Otterbein built a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but Hanover rebounded with two goals in a three-minute span early in the second period to trim the margin to 3-2.

Sophomore attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) scored just 1:16 into the second stanza to get the Panthers on the scoreboard. Freshman midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) converted his 21st goal of the season to pull Hanover within 3-2 with 10:54 left in the half.

The squads alternated goals through the remainder of the half and into the opening minutes of the third quarter. Freshman midfielder Mitchell Miller (Fishers, Ind.) scored late in the second period and freshman attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) hit the back of the net fewer than two minutes into the second half to keep the Panthers within 5-4.

From that point, Otterbein grabbed control of the match. The Cardinals (4-3) reeled off five straight goals during the closing eight minutes of the third quarter to surge ahead 10-4.

Karnick ended Hanover’s scoring drought three minutes into the fourth period off an assist from sophomore midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) to cut the deficit to 10-5.

Otterbein, however, closed with three goals in the final nine minutes to secure the victory.

Hanover (4-8) had 39 shots in the contest, but 12 were turned away. Freshman midfielder Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia,) had nine shots and Karnick eight to lead the offensive effort.

The Panthers converted half of the team’s 24 clears and earned 9-of-22 face-offs. The squad collected 46 ground balls, with Green and freshman goalie Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) leading the way with eight apiece.

Sears posted 12 saves through 60 minutes in Hanover’s goal.

Hanover vs. Otterbein (Ohio) statistics