The Hanover College men’s lacrosse team’s record-setting season came to a close with an 11-7 loss to Carthage College (Wis.) in a Senior Day clash at L.S. Ayres Field.
Junior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and junior midfielder Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) each scored three goals, while junior attacker Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) added three assists to fuel Hanover’s offense.
Carthage led 2-1 after the first period. The Red Men outscored the Panthers 4-0 in the second quarter and led 8-1 early in the third frame.
Green, the first player in school history to net more than 40 goals in a season (48), scored twice and Cheatle netted a goal to help Hanover trim the margin to 9-4 late in the third period.
Carthage held an 11-4 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Panthers rallied with three goals in a four-minute stretch.
Cheatle scored two unassisted goals in an 83-second span to cut the deficit to 11-6. Baney, off an assist from Hermes, hit the back of the net with 2:44 left for the final tally.
The battle marks the final appearance for Hanover seniors Chris Baney (Lexington, Ky.), Derek Coe (Lake Orion, Mich.), Sam Kampert (Noblesville, Ind.), Devon Kondaki (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Adrian Mohnacs (Woodbridge, Va.). The quintet is the first senior class in the four-year history of the Panthers’ program.
Hanover finishes the campaign with a school-record nine wins (9-7). The Panthers placed sixth in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference standings with a 5-5 mark.
Carthage raises its record to 14-5 overall and in the 8-2 MLC.
Published Saturday, April 26, 2014