RECORD-SETTING: Hanover College Nick Hermes (center) has just Bethany goalkeeper Devyn Bellerive (5) to beat while attacking the goal during Saturday’s 24-2 rout of the Bisons at L.S. Ayres Field in Hanover. Hermes had a school-record eight goals in the home-opening win. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
RECORD-SETTING: Hanover College Nick Hermes (center) has just Bethany goalkeeper Devyn Bellerive (5) to beat while attacking the goal during Saturday’s 24-2 rout of the Bisons at L.S. Ayres Field in Hanover. Hermes had a school-record eight goals in the home-opening win. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Nick Hermes scored a school-record eight goals and Luke Karnick added a personal-best six to lead Hanover to a 24-2 lacrosse victory over Bethany (W.Va.) Saturday in the Panthers' home opener.

Hanover set school single-game records for goals (24), shots (64), shots on goal (46) and ground balls (55) while posting the most-lopsided victory in the three-year history of the program (22 goals).

The Panthers (1-3) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of action. The margin increased to 12-1 at halftime and jumped to 19-1 after three quarters.

Hanover outshot Bethany 64-27 including a 42-13 margin in the decisive first half.

Karnick led Hanover's offensive outburst with 16 shots. He scored twice in the first four minutes of play, added three goals in the second quarter and one late in the third period.

Hermes, who had 13 shots, netted his first goal of the contest with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. He added two in the second period, three in the third and two more early in the fourth frame.

Matt Weber and Chris Baney had four goals each for the Panthers, which edged Bethany 8-7 early in the 2012 season.

Weber, Derek Coe and Justin Winkler combined to set up nine of the Panthers' goals with three assists each.

Hanover converted 28-of-35 clearing opportunities, won 20-of-30 face-offs and earned a 55-36 advantage in ground balls. Tim Gruber won 12-of-15 face-offs.

Winkler and Angelo Butturi each collected six ground balls to lead the squad. Butturi also earned eight face-offs.

Goalies Addison Sears, Austin Czisny and Branden Geyer combined to turn away eight shots. Sears led the trio with five saves.

Kyle Arrington scored both goals for Bethany (0-3). He scored 21 seconds into the second quarter to get the Bison on the scoreboard and added another goal early in the fourth period.

Hanover visits Aurora (Ill.) on Saturday.

Baseball drops twinbill

Hanover's baseball team dropped two non-conference games on the road at Centre (Ky.) College Saturday in Danville, Ky.

Hanover's three-game winning streak came to a halt with a 2-1 setback in the opener. The Panthers fell 11-6 in the second game.

Mitch Hunnicutt took the loss in the first game despite limiting Centre to just three hits through six and one-third innings.

Kevin Sears led off the game with a double and later scored on a two-base hit by Ryan Johns to give Hanover an early 1-0 lead.

Hunnicutt (1-1) allowed only two hits and kept the Colonels off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. A lead-off double, followed by a sacrifice and an infield grounder, eventually pushed the game-tying run across the plate.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hunnicutt issued a walk to lead off the inning. The runner eventually moved to third after a sacrifice and a wild pitch.

Closer Chip Hockenbury, who entered with the bases loaded, induced an infield grounder, but it was enough to force home the game-winning run.

The Panthers' offense generated nine hits, but stranded seven base runners and hit into two double plays.

Sears, Johns and Kolton Chapman each had two hits to lead Hanover's effort at the plate.

Centre (7-4) grabbed control of the second game with an eight-run first inning. Hanover countered with five runs in the second inning to slice the deficit, but the Colonels added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to thwart the comeback.

The Panthers scored five runs on three hits, three walks and an error in the second inning to get back in the contest.

Matt Brooks had a run-scoring single in the inning, while Cam Ginder and Chris Ares each pushed runs across the plate with bases-loaded walks.

Sears led off the fifth inning with a two-base hit and scored on a single by Matt Newman.

Sears, Newman and Zach Shultz collected two hits each for the Panthers (5-5).

Andrew Roby was tagged with the loss after lasting two-thirds of an inning. Roby (2-1) surrendered four hits and eight runs with three walks.

Hanover travels to Thomas More (Ky.) on Tuesday.