Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) tied the Hanover College men’s lacrosse team’s single-match scoring record to fuel the Panthers to a 17-9 victory against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at L.S. Ayres Field.
Green scored eight goals to lead Hanover to a triumph in its Midwest Lacrosse Conference opener. The Panthers are now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MLC.
The eight-goal effort matches the output by junior attacker Nick Hermes, who netted eight goals in a 24-2 win against Bethany College (W.Va.), March 9, 2013.
Mount St. Joseph (1-5; 0-1 MLC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead four minutes into the battle. Green scored the next three goals, all in a four-minute span, to thrust Hanover into a 3-2 lead. The Panthers pushed the margin to 5-2 by the end of the first quarter.
Green scored just 65 seconds into the second period to bump the lead to 6-2 and, eventually, added a goal with 2:26 left in the half to give Hanover an 8-4 advantage at the intermission.
The Panthers led 9-4 after a Green goal two and one-half minutes into the third quarter. Mount St. Joseph, however, countered with a pair of goals to pull within 9-6 with 5:39 to play in the frame.
Green, senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) and junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) each scored in the final 1:38 of the period to give the Panthers a 12-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The final period opened with a Green goal and Hermes hit the back of the net four times in the final 5:03 to seal Hanover’s first win in four matches against the Lions.
The Panthers finished with 43-38 edge in shots. Green led the attack with a season-high 18 attempts.
Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned 18-of-29 face-offs and also led the Panthers with nine ground balls.
Junior goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) totaled seven saves through 45 minutes in Hanover’s net. Sophomore Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) had five saves in the fourth quarter.
Published Monday, March 10, 2014