Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad set a school mark for wins in a season with a 7-2 victory at Alma College (Mich.). The non-conference battle was held Friday, April 26, in Alma, Mich.
Hanover, in its third season as an intercollegiate program, is now 5-10 overall. The win total improves upon last year’s 4-12 mark.
Sophomore midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied three goals and an assist to lead the Panthers to the squad’s second win in its last three contests.
Alma grabbed a 1-0 lead fewer than two minutes into the match. The Scots held the one-goal advantage until Karnick scored with 1:24 left in the half to pull Hanover even at the break.
The Panthers outscored Alma 6-1 in the second half to pull away for the team's second win in two meetings with the Scots (3-12).
Karnick, who has 30 goals this season, put a pair into the net in the first six minutes of the third period to drive the margin to 3-1.
Junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) scored with 24 seconds left in the third frame to nudge the cushion to 4-1.
Freshman attacker Justin Winkler (Goshen, Ky.) and sophomore attacker Matt Weber (Centerville, Ohio) each scored within a 20-second span early in the fourth quarter to give Hanover a 6-1 lead.
Alma scored with 12:51 left in the match to cut the margin to 6-2, but Hanover’s defense shut out the Scots down the stretch.
Junior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) added an unassisted goal with 5:31 left for the final margin.
Hanover out-shot Alma, 42-18, but only by a 17-9 margin in the decisive second half.
Sophomore midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 10-of-13 face-offs for the Panthers, which also converted 18-of-23 clears.
Freshman defender Stephen Farrow (Bickner, Ky.) collected a season-high seven ground balls, while Baney added six.
Sophomore goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) had eight saves in more than 43 minutes in the Panthers’ net.
Published Friday, April 26, 2013