FINAL SCORE: Hanover 16, Earlham 4
LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Darrell Beane Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 11-6 / Hanover 8-8
THE SHORT STORY: Third-seeded Hanover College's eight-goal run in the second half propelled the Panthers past second-seeded Earlham College, 16-4, in a Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinal matchup on Wednesday night at Darrell Beane Stadium. The Quakers trailed by a mere two goals at the intermission, but Hanover managed to extend its lead throughout the second half and earn a berth in the HCLC championship game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Earlham got on the scoreboard first thanks to Claudette Roskamp's goal just 45 seconds into the contest. Hanover answered with the next five scores, including two by Emma Boomershine, to take a 5-1 lead by the 6:00 mark of the opening half.
- Becca Belcher scored for Earlham with 5:26 showing on the first half game clock, and Roskamp added her second of the game with 24 seconds remaining, trimming the Hanover lead to 5-3 at the intermission.
- Hanover put the game effectively out of reach with an eight-goal run in the second half, holding Earlham scoreless for nearly 24 minutes. Boomershine scored three of the eight goals during the Panthers' second-half surge.
- Serena Pisacano snapped Hanover's run with her unassisted goal at the 5:44 mark, cutting the Panthers' lead to 13-4. Boomershine tacked two more goals for the Panthers and Tayla Davis added one for the 16-4 final score.
- Claudette Roskamp finished the season the game with two goals, while Serena Pisacano and Becca Belcher added one each.
- Jordan Blackburned recorded eight stops in the Earlham cage out of 24 shots faced.
- Emma Boomershine tallied seven goals for Hanover, while Sarah Todd and Milah Young had two each. Julia Long started in goal for the Panthers and made eight saves over 58:49 minutes played. Delaney Benner finished out the final 1:11 in the Panthers' cage.
- Earlham was without the services of junior Emma Lady for the second straight game; the Quakers' second-leading scorer was sidelined for the game due to injury.
Earlham women's lacrosse finished the 2019 season with an 11-6 overall record, more than doubling their five-win total from the inaugural 2018 campaign.