Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) scored 1:35 into overtime to lift Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse squad to a 9-8 victory against Elmhurst College (Ill.) in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference tilt.
Green finished with three goals to lead Hanover, now 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the league. Senior attacker Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.) and junior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) added two goals apiece.
Hanover jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter as Green, Baney, Karnick and junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) each scored. Baney added his second goal just 42 seconds into the second frame to boost the margin to 5-0.
Elmhurst worked its way back into the match. The Blue Jays scored six of the next seven goals to eventually knot the contest at 6-6 with four minutes to play in the third period.
Green scored with 2:23 left in the third to give the Panthers a 7-6 edge and set up a see-saw fourth quarter.
Elmhurst tied the match at 7-7 with 9:05 remaining int the match. Karnick scored at the 6:50 mark to nudge Hanover ahead 8-7, but the Blue Jays countered with an equalizer in the final minute of regulation to force the extra session.
Elmhurst had first possession of the overtime, but came up empty.
Hanover worked the ball around the perimeter of the attack zone before Green launched the game-winner from 20 yards out.
Elmhurst posted a 40-36 advantage in shots, including a 19-5 margin the fourth quarter. Junior goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) collected 11 saves, with six coming in the fourth.
Junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) picked up a season-high seven ground balls. Green had a season-best six ground balls, while junior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio) added five to go along with wins in 12-of-21 face-offs.
Elmhurst slipped to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference with the setback.
Published Saturday, April 5, 2014