Aurora pulls away in lacrosse clash

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad lost to Aurora University (Ill.), 13-3, in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference match, Saturday, April 21, at L.S. Ayres Field.

Freshman midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored twice and classmate Nick Piscitelli (Louisville, Ky.) added his first collegiate goal for Hanover, which fell to 4-11 overall and 1-7 in the MLC.

The Panthers remained within striking distance into the second period.

Aurora (10-3; 6-1 MLC) grabbed a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game, but Karnick scored an equalizer off an assist from freshman attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) with 6:39 left in the opening period.

The Spartans pulled ahead 3-1 with a goal late in the first quarter and another five minutes into the second frame.

Just 20 seconds later, Piscitelli netted his first goal to trim the margin to 3-2.

Aurora, however, needed only 15 seconds to hit the back of the net again. The goal jump-started a run of 10 consecutive goals by the Spartans, which propelled the lead to 13-2 with 6:27 left in the contest.

Karnick scored with 1:24 to play for the final margin.

Hanover fired 27 shots and totaled 35 ground balls, but earned just 4-of-19 face-offs, turned the ball over 26 times and converted 18-of-28 clears.

Freshman goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) posted 12 saves, including eight in the first half. He also snatched a team-high seven ground balls.

Hanover vs. Aurora (Ill.) statistics