Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad was edged by Benedictine University (Ill.), 8-7, in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference tilt in Lisle, Ill.
Benedictine raced to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 7-2 lead midway through the third period before Hanover mounted a rally.
The Panthers reeled off four consecutive goals to pull within 7-6 four minutes into the final quarter.
Junior attackers Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.), along with junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.), each scored goals during a seven-minute span to get Hanover back into the contest.
Benedictine eased ahead 8-6 on a goal with 7:40 left. Junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) scored with 4:39 to go for the final margin.
The Panthers fired four shots in the closing minutes, including three saved attempts in the final 33 seconds, but could not net the equalizer.
Hanover, now 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the league, posted a 36-33 advantage in shots, won 13-of-19 face-offs and collected 50 ground balls.
Karnick matched his season high with three goals to lead the Panthers’ offensive attack. Butturi’s goal was his first of the season and fifth in his career.
Senior midfielder Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.) had a pair of assists.
Junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore defender Stephen Farrow (Lagrange, Ky.) picked up a team-best nine ground balls apiece.
Junior goalie Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) notched 11 saves to register his third double-digit outing of the season.
Benedictine raised its record to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014