First-half surge sparks win at Wilmington

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-2 first-half lead and rolled to a 15-7 victory against Wilmington College (Ohio) in a non-conference clash in Wilmington, Ohio.

Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) tallied four goals and two assists, while classmate Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) scored four times, to lead Hanover to a triumph in the first meeting between the programs.

Freshman Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) totaled three goals and added a pair of assists for the Panthers, now 4-1 overall this season.

Hanover out-shot Wilmington by a 56-28 margin, including a 34-12 advantage in the decisive first half. Green (15) and Hermes (13) combined for half of the Panthers attempts at the net.

Vest scored just 17 seconds into the contest and then followed with assists on goals by junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and Green as Hanover bolted to a 3-0 lead fewer than two minutes into the tilt.

The Quakers trailed 4-2 with two minutes to play in the first frame. Green, however, scored with two seconds to play as Hanover capped the opening 15 minutes of action with a 5-2 lead.

Junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.), Hermes and Cheatle each scored during the second quarter to drive the Panthers’ cushion to 9-2 at the intermission.

Hanover, spurred two Hermes’ goals early in the third period, eventually increased the lead to 13-2 with seven minutes left in the frame.

Wilmington (0-3) outscored the Panthers 5-2 the remainder of the contest for the final margin. Each team hit the back of the net just once in the fourth quarter.

Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) led Hanover with 10 ground balls and also captured 17-of-23 face-offs.

The Panthers had a 36-21 edge in ground balls and converted 18-of-21 clearing opportunites.

Junior goalie Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) posted 10 saves and allowed seven goals.

Hanover at Wilmington (Ohio) statistics