Hanover caps season with loss in St. Louis

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team closed its 2012 season with a 17-3 loss at Fontbonne University (Mo.). The Midwest Lacrosse Conference battle was held Wednesday, April 25, in St. Louis, Mo.

Fontbonne led 7-0 at the intermission and stretched the margin to 11-0 before Hanover scored late in the third period.

Freshman attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) converted his 10th goal of the season off an assist from freshman midfielder Nick Piscitelli (Louisville, Ky.) with 4:05 left in the quarter.

Fontbonne (7-8; 3-5 MLC) bumped the lead to 12-1 with a goal in the final minute of the stanza.

Freshman midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored an unassisted goal just 31 seconds into the fourth quarter. The goal was his 27th of the season.

The Griffins countered with two goals in the next three minutes to push the cushion to 14-2 with more than 11 minutes left in the match.

The Panthers’ Mitchell Miller (Fishers, Ind.), a freshman midfielder, hit the back of the net with 10 minutes to play, but Fontbonne closed with four goals in the final eight minutes to post the 17-3 win.

The Griffins outshot Hanover by a 64-16 margin, including a 35-7 advantage in the second half. Karnick led the Panthers with five shots.

Freshman midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned 7-of-15 face-offs, while sophomore midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) won 6-of-8.

Gruber also led the squad with five ground balls.

Freshman goalie Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) worked the first 38 minutes in the Panthers’ net. He allowed 10 goals and tallied 11 saves.

Hanover capped its season with a 4-12 overall record. The Panthers finished ninth in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference with a 1-8 mark.

Hanover at Fontbonne (Mo.) statistics