Lacrosse clips Fontbonne for seventh win

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to five matches with a 17-3 victory against Fontbonne University (Mo.) in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference clash at L.S. Ayres Field.

Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and freshman midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) scored four goals apiece, while senior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) tallied four assists, to spark Hanover to its first win in four meetings with Fontbonne.

The Panthers’ defense helped force 28 turnovers and the squad collected a 70-43 advantage in ground balls.

Senior defender Sam Kampert (Noblesville, Ind.) and junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) each caused three turnovers. Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up a team-high 11 ground balls.

Green scored all four of his goals in the first half as Hanover built a 11-2 lead at the intermission.

The Panthers shut out the Griffins 4-0 in the third period and increased the lead to 15-2 after goals by junior midfielders Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore attacker Justin Winkler (Crestwood, Ky.) and freshman midfielder Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.).

Vest scored twice early in the fourth quarter to give Hanover a 17-2 cushion.

Fontbonne, now 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the league, scored with 35 seconds left for the final margin.

Hanover matched its season high with 69 shots, including 40 in the first half of action. Green fired a career-high 24 attempts at the net. Karnick, who had three goals, finished with 10 shots.

The Panthers converted 27-of-33 clearing chances and scored on both of the team’s extra-man opportunities.

Gruber claimed 17-of-24 face-offs, falling just one short of his career high.

Junior goalie Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.), the first of four players in Hanover’s net, posted six saves in 30 minutes of work.

Junior Branden Geyer (Centerville, Ohio), classmate Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Adam Anthony (Louisville, Ky.) each logged more than eight minutes in goal.

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