Slow starts dooms Panthers in setback

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad lost a non-conference clash with Transylvania University (Ky.), 14-8, Wednesday, April 10, at L.S. Ayres Field.

Hanover outshot Transylvania, 49-47, earned 15-of-25 face-offs, had a 47-37 edge in ground balls and committed just 17 turnovers, but could not overcome a slow start in the first meeting between the schools.

Transylvania (9-5) led 3-1 after the first period and stretched the margin to 5-1midway through the second quarter.

Junior midfielders Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) scored within 24 seconds of each other to trim the deficit to 5-3 with 6:35 to play in the half.

The Pioneers, however, scored twice in the final 1:17 of the half to build a 7-3 cushion at the break.

Weber scored three goals in the third period, but Transylvania countered each and the teams headed to the fourth quarter with the Pioneers holding a 10-6 lead.

Weber scored twice in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter to get Hanover (3-8) within 10-8.

Transylvania reeled off four unanswered goals down the stretch to lock up the triumph.

Weber matched his career high with five goals to lead the Panthers’ attack. Cheatle and sophomore midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) each tallied a goal and two assists.

Junior defender Devon Kondaki (Coral Springs, Fla.) led Hanover with seven ground balls. Freshman attacker Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) and Coe had five apiece.

Sophomore goalies Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) and Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) each played 30 minutes in the net and allowed seven goals. Sears posted six first-half saves, while Czisny had two in the second half.

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