Senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) scored a career-high six goals and set a school mark as Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad posted a 20-2 victory at Bethany College (W.Va.).
Baney became the first player in the four-year history of the Hanover’s program to score six goals in a quarter, with all six of his coming in the second period.
The Panthers totaled a season-high 69 shots, which ranks as the second-highest single-match total in school history. The effort falls just short of the 75 attempts fired at the net in a 19-8 win against the Milwaukee School of Engineering last season.
Hanover, off to a 2-0 start, built an 11-0 lead at the intermission and cruised to its third straight win against Bethany (0-2).
The Panthers earned a 37-3 advantage in shots during the decisive first half. The squad scored three goals on 14 cracks at the net in the first quarter, then scored eight times in the second frame on 23 attempts.
Junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) netted five goals and had two assists. Junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) scored four goals in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter.
Hermes hit the back of the net twice in the first and second quarters. He also added a tally in the third period.
Freshmen midfielders Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.) and Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) each netted their first collegiate goals.
Kwasny scored twice, along with junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia).
Senior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) led the Panthers with three assists.
Hanover earned a 51-26 edge in ground balls. Cheatle led the effort with seven ground balls, while Green and Hermes collected five apiece.
Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 17-of-21 face-offs in the match.
The Panthers were 36-of-38 on clearing opportunities in the contest, including 21-of-21 in the first half.
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014