Record effort fuels shutout at Defiance

Junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) scored four goals to set a school single-season record and matched his school single-game mark with seven assists as Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad blanked Defiance College (Ohio), 21-0, in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference battle in Defiance, Ohio.

Senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) and junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) each netted four goals, while junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) added three, to lead Hanover to the second shutout in the program’s four-year history.

The Panthers, which snapped a two-match losing streak, limited Defiance to a team-record-low eight shots, generated 30 turnovers, earned a 43-11 advantage in ground balls and did not commit a penalty.

Baney and Karnick each scored three goals as the Panthers set a team record with 10 goals in the first period. The squad stretched the margin to 16-0 at halftime and led 19-0 after three quarters.

Sophomore midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) led Hanover with seven ground balls and caused a team-season-high five turnovers. He also won 5-of-10 face-offs.

The Panthers, now 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the MLC, converted 18-of-19 clears and were 8-of-8 in the second half while icing the victory.

Junior goalies Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.), Branden Geyer (Centerville, Ohio) and Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) each logged more than 16 minutes in Hanover’s net. Sears had one save, while Czisny posted two.

Hermes’ four goals pushed his season total to a Hanover-season-record 35, eclipsing the mark of 33 that he shared with Karnick and Green. Hermes and Karnick each netted 33 goals during the 2013 campaign, while Green scored 33 in 2012.

The 21-point margin of victory marks the second-largest in school history, falling just short of the 22-point span in the Panthers’ 24-2 win against Bethany College (W.Va.), March 9, 2013.

Hanover blanked Alma College (Mich.), 16-0, March 4, 2012, for the first shutout in school history.

Defiance dipped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference with the setback.

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) statistics