Defense stymies Defiance in MLC win

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad posted a 20-1 victory against Defiance College (Ohio). The teams met, Wednesday, April 3, in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference tilt at L.S. Ayres Field.

Hanover, now 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the MLC, limited Defiance to just 15 shots and set a school mark for fewest goals allowed in a match.

Meanwhile, Hanover's offense reached the second-highest goal total in the program’s three-year history with the 20-goal outburst. The effort trails only the Panthers' 24-2 triumph against Bethany College (W.Va.), March 9.

Junior Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) each netted five goals to lead Hanover's attack. Sophomore Matt Weber (Centerville, Ohio) and freshman Justin Winkler (Goshen, Ky.) added four goals apiece.

Hermes, Winkler and junior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) had four assists apiece to help ignite the Panthers' offense.

Baney scored four of his goals in the first half as Hanover built an 8-1 lead at the intermission. Hermes had five consecutive goals as the Panthers scored eight times in the third period to boost the cushion to 16-1.

Hanover finished with a 64-15 advantage in shots, including a 26-6 margin in the first half.

Sophomore midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned 13-of-15 face-offs to help the Panthers claim 19-of-23 in the contest.

Hanover had 64 ground balls to 32 for Defiance (0-10; 0-4 MLC). Gruber, Baney and Hermes each collected seven ground balls.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) statistics