Comeback attempt falls short for men's lacrosse

Alex Eash head shot


SPARKS, Md. – In the first ever NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse game at the new US Lacrosse Headquarters, the Hanover men’s lacrosse team’s furious fourth quarter rally fell just short, losing to Wesley (Del.) 9-7 on Thursday evening.

The Panthers (0-2) scored four of the first five goals in the fourth quarter to pull within one goal, 8-7, but a late Wolverines’ score secured the 9-7 victory for Wesley (3-1).

Freshman Alex Eash (Goshen, Ind.) played a big role in the HC comeback attempt, as all three of his goals were in the fourth quarter. Eash also added an assist late in the third period.

Recording a pair of second half goals was sophomore Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio). Classmate Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) and freshman Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.) each added a goal as well.

Overall, Hanover held a 33-24 edge in shot attempts, including a 17-10 advantage in the second half. The Panthers also won 13-of-19 face-off attempts, with sophomore Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) going 13-for-17.

Junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) paced the Panthers with eight shot attempts. DeLeo, Eash, and senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) fired off four shots. Warner also posted a team high two assists.

Defensively, freshman Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) recorded nine of HC’s 28 ground ball retrievals.

After Wesley scored the opening two goals of the game, DeLeo found the back of the net with an unassisted goal at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter.

The Wolverines scored three of the final four goals in the first half to lead 5-2 at the intermission. Fonner scored the only other HC goal in the first 30 minutes, receiving an assist from freshman Noah King (Lexington, Ky.).

Hanover will look to bounce back at Goucher (Md.) on Saturday, March 4. The Panthers are set for a noon face-off.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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