Men’s lacrosse upended in HCLC semis by Hanover

Josh Perkins

FINAL SCORE: Hanover 22, Earlham 6
LOCATION: Hanover, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 4-12 / Hanover 12-5

THE SHORT STORY: The Earlham College men's lacrosse team saw its 2019 come to a close with a 22-6 loss to Hanover College, in Wednesday's semifinal game of the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament at Hanover's Alumni Stadium. The host Panthers scored 10 straight goals to open the game, and the Quakers were unable to keep pace with Hanover's offensive juggernaut.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hanover opened the game with 10 straight goals over the first two quarters, including a pair of Noah King in the opening frame. Dirk Meinhart scored twice in the second quarter for the Panthers.
  • Earlham senior Joe Enwright finally broke the Hanover shutout with an unassisted strike with 1:25 remaining in the second quarter.
  • The Panthers extended their lead to 13-1 with three quick scores to open the third quarter, before Josh Perkins beat Hanover goalie Noah Dubrava with 11:44 left in the period. Perkins struck again later in the third quarter, cutting the Hanover led to 18-3, but the Panthers scored two more times and held a 20-3 lead after 45 minutes.
  • Earlham scored three straight goals to open the fourth quarter, with Anthony Boutwell, Cole Burrell, and Joel Dominguez all finding the back of the Hanover cage to trim the Panthers' lead to 20-6. Hanover tacked on two late goals for the 22-6 final score.

QUICK FACTS

  • With the victory, Hanover advances to Saturday's HCLC Men's Lacrosse Tournament game against Transylvania University.
  • Josh Perkins led Earlham with two goals, while four other players had one goal each. Perkins played the first half in goal for the Quakers, charting eight saves.
  • Blake Francis went into the goal in place of Perkins for the second half, and also tallied eight saves.
  • Hanover's Ian Kimmins paced the Panthers with six goals and one assist for seven points, while Dirk Meinhart had four goals and two assists for six points. Starting goalie Noah Dubrava recorded two saves.

WHAT'S NEXT

Earlham men's lacrosse closed out its 2019 season with a 4-12 overall record, after posting a 4-4 mark in HCLC regular season play.