FINAL SCORE: Earlham 9, Hanover 8
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Darrell Beane Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 6-2, 1-0 HCLC / Hanover 2-5, 0-1 HCLC
THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College women's lacrosse rallied from a 6-3 halftime deficit to post a 9-8 triumph over Heartland College Lacrosse Conference-rival Hanover College, Monday evening at Darrell Beane Stadium. Junior Emma Lady, who just hours earlier was named HCLC Offensive Player of the Week, notched the game winner with a mere 1:32 showing on the game clock.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Earlham took a 2-1 lead at the 21:19 mark of the opening half thanks to a pair of Claudette Roskamp goals.
- Hanover regained the lead with three straight scores – including two by Emma Boomershine – before Earlham ended the run on Serena Pisacano's strike off an assist from Roskamp with 5:51 to play in the frame. That cut the Hanover lead to one, 4-3.
- The Panthers' Meg Finn and Sarah Todd tacked on two more goals before the end of the frame, giving Hanover a 6-3 lead at the half.
- Earlham knotted the game at 6-6 in the first eight minutes of the second half, with three straight goals by Roskamp. Hanover finally broke the Quakers' scoring streak and regained a 7-6 lead on Kinna Laymon's score with 18:06 to play.
- Roskamp and Pisacano each scored in the span of 23 seconds, putting Earlham back in front, 8-7, with 12:15 remaining. Hanover's Laymon again beat Quaker goalie Jordan Blackburne with 6:26 showing on the game clock, tying things up at 8-8.
- Lady scored her only goal of the night with 1:32 left in the game, giving Earlham a 9-8 lead. The Quakers won the ensuing draw and maintained possession, clinching the win.
- The win improved Earlham's record to 6-2, surpassing the program's tally of five wins during its first season of reinstatement in 2018. It was also the program's first one-goal victory.
- Roskamp, who began the night ranked second among NCAA Division III leaders in total goals, finished the night with six goals and one assist for seven points. Pisacano charted two goals and one assist, while Lady recorded one goal and one assist. Krista Kirk was also credited with one assist in the win.
- Quaker goalie Jordan Blackburne tallied 14 saves on the night on 22 shots faced, while Hanover's Julia Long charted 11 stops in the Panthers' cage.
- Hanover narrowly outshot Earlham, 26-25, and the teams were even in ground balls with 23 each. The Quakers dominated on draw controls, winning 16 of them.
Earlham women's lacrosse remains at home for its next contest on Saturday, March 23, when it hosts the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) at Darrell Beane Stadium. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m.