The Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team's shot at its first berth in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference's post-season tournament was dealt a severe blow with a 29-5 loss to Aurora University (Ill.) in Aurora, Ill.
Hanover, in a four-team bout for a playoff spot, fell behind 14-2 by halftime and allowed nine goals in a decisive third period.
Juniors Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, (Ind.) accounted for all five of the Panthers’ goals. Green scored three times, while Karnick added two goals.
Green scored to give Hanover a 1-0 lead two and one-half minutes into the contest. Aurora countered with seven straight goals and led 7-2 after the first 15 minutes.
The Spartans, with an 11-match winning streak, tacked on seven goals in the second period to lead 14-2 at the break.
Green and Karnick each scored in the third stanza, but Aurora netted nine goals to drive the Panthers’ deficit to 23-4 heading into the fourth frame.
Hanover (9-6; 5-4 MLC) was limited to a season-low 23 shots. Green and Karnich combined for 13 of the Panthers' attempts at the net.
Aurora (11-3; 8-0 MLC), totaled 68 shots, earned 31-of-37 face-offs and had a 70-29 advantage in ground balls.
Junior goaltender Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) allowed 14 goals and had 10 saves through 30 minutes in Hanover's net.
Published Saturday, April 19, 2014