Sophomore attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) scored a school-record eight goals and sophomore midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) added a personal-best six to lead Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad to a 24-2 victory against Bethany College (W.Va.). The Panthers’ home-opener was played Saturday, March 9, at L.S. Ayres Field.
Hanover set school single-game records for goals (24), shots (64), shots on goal (46) and ground balls (55) while posting the most-lopsided victory in the three-year history of the program (22 goals).
The Panthers, now 1-3 this season, jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of action. The margin increased to 12-1 at halftime and jumped to 19-1 after three quarters.
Hanover outshot Bethany, 64-27, including a 42-13 margin in the decisive first half.
Karnick led Hanover's offensive outburst with 16 shots. He scored twice in the first four minutes of play, added three goals in the second quarter and one late in the third period.
Hermes, who had 13 shots, netted his first goal of the contest with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. He added two in the second period, three in the third and two more early in the fourth frame.
Sophomore attacker Matt Weber (Centerville, Ohio) and junior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) each added four goals for the Panthers, which edged Bethany, 8-7, early in the 2012 season.
Weber, junior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) and freshman attacker Justin Winkler (Goshen, Ky.) combined to set up nine of the Panthers’ goals with three assists apiece.
Hanover converted 28-of-35 clearing opportunities, won 20-of-30 face-offs and earned a 55-36 advantage in ground balls.
Sophomore midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 12-of-15 face-offs.
Winkler and freshman midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) each collected six ground balls to lead the squad. Butturi also earned eight face-offs.
Sophomore goalies Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.), Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) and Branden Geyer (Centerville, Ohio) combined to turn away eight shots. Sears led the trio with five saves.
Kyle Arrington scored both goals for Bethany, which slipped to 0-3 this season. He scored 21 seconds into the second quarter to get the Bison on the scoreboard and added another goal early in the fourth period.
Published Saturday, March 9, 2013