Green goal lifts lacrosse to opening win

Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) scored with 1:15 remaining to lift Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 win against Shenandoah University (Va.) in Winchester, Va.

Junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) led Hanover’s offense with five goals, while Green finished the outing with three. Junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) also hit the back of the net for the Panthers (1-0).

Shenandoah (2-1) built a 6-3 lead with fewer than five minutes to play in the second quarter.

Green scored his second goal with 1:45 left before the half. The goal triggered a string of four straight by Hanover.

Cheatle scored early in the third quarter and Hermes followed with a pair of goals which eventually thrust the Panthers ahead 7-6 with 3:55 to go in the frame.

The Hornets tied the contest at 7-7 early in the fourth quarter, but Hermes countered with 10 minutes left to nudge Hanover into an 8-7 lead.

Shenandoah again forged a tie, scoring with 8:26 left to knot the match at 8-8 and set up Green’s late heroics.

Hanover fired 30 shots in the outing, with Green leading the charge with 11 shots and Hermes adding seven.

Junior goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) posted nine saves to key the Panthers’ defense.

Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) collected for ground balls apiece.

Gruber also earned 9-of-21 face-offs.

Hanover at Shenandoah (Va.) statistics