FINAL SCORE: Hanover 18, Earlham 4
LOCATION: Hanover, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 1-4, 1-1 HCLC / Hanover 4-3, 1-1 HCLC
THE SHORT STORY: Hanover College built up a six-goal lead in the first half and was able to add onto it in the second, as the Earlham College men's lacrosse team fell to Hanover, 18-4, on Sunday afternoon in Hanover, Ind.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Earlham and Hanover traded goals over the early minutes of the first quarter, with the Panthers striking first and the Quakers' Anthony Boutwell responding with an unassisted strike at the 11:22 mark of the opening frame.
- Hanover rattled off four straight goals to extend its lead to 5-1, before Boutwell again struck with 32 seconds left in the first quarter to keep the Quakers to within three.
- The Panthers added one more goal in the waning seconds of the first quarter and netted a pair of goals in the second quarter for an 8-2 halftime lead.
- Hanover scored the next eight goals – four in the third quarter and four more in the fourth – before Earlham again found the back of the Panthers' cage. Joel Dominguez beat reserve goalie Sean O'Meara with 7:07 remaining, and Logan Reihing added another score for the Quakers just over a minute later, trimming the Panthers' lead to 16-4.
- The Panthers added two more goals in the waning minutes for the final 18-4 score.
- Hanover outshot Earlham, 56-22, and had a 44-27 advantage in ground balls.
- Quaker goalie Blake Francis charted 19 saves over his 60 minutes in the Earlham cage, while the Panthers' Noah Dubrava and Sean O'Meara shared the duties in goal and combined to make 11 stops.
Earlham men's lacrosse returns to action on Wednesday, March 20, when it makes its 2019 home debut against Transylvania. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.