Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.), 17-4, to tie the four-year-old program’s record for victories in a season.
Eight different Hanover players scored and nine had an assist in the triumph, which lifts the Panthers’ record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The effort matches the 2013 squad’s win total (5-11).
Junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) scored four goals and dished out four assists to spark Hanover to its fourth victory against Milwaukee School of Engineering in four meetings between the teams.
The Raiders (0-2; 0-1 MLC) jumped on the scoreboard with a goal six minutes into the contest. The Panthers, however, responded with 13 consecutive goals to grab control of the battle.
Hermes, senior midfielder Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.), junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) each scored goals to give Hanover a 4-1 lead after the first period.
Green, Baney, Hermes, senior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.), junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and freshman midfielder Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.) each scored in the second quarter to drive the Panthers’ cushion to 10-1 at the half.
Cheatle, who finished with three goals, had two in the third period as Hanover built a 14-2 lead heading into the fourth frame.
Freshman midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) punched in two goals during the fourth quarter.
Vest, along with Green, Baney and Karnick, each capped the match with two goals apiece.
Hanover outshot Milwaukee School of Engineering, 57-21, including a 32-9 margin in the first 30 minutes of action. The Panthers scored on 3-of-4 extra-man chances, with two coming in the first half.
Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) led Hanover with eight ground balls and earned 14-of-24 face-offs.
The Panthers finished with a 52-37 lead in ground balls. Coe and sophomore midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) each collected six ground balls.
Published Saturday, March 15, 2014