KEEPER: Centre College goalkeeper Bryce McCoy (18) puts his body between the goal and a shot by Hanover’s Sam Kampert Saturday at L.S. Ayres Field. McCoy had seven saves as Centre defeated Hanover 11-3 in the Panthers’ lacrosse home opener. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
KEEPER: Centre College goalkeeper Bryce McCoy (18) puts his body between the goal and a shot by Hanover’s Sam Kampert Saturday at L.S. Ayres Field. McCoy had seven saves as Centre defeated Hanover 11-3 in the Panthers’ lacrosse home opener. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Hanover dropped its lacrosse home opener 11-3 to Centre (Ky.) at L.S. Ayres Field on Saturday.

Nick Hermes scored two goals to raise his team-leading total to 12 on the season. Chris Baney also added a goal for Hanover.

Centre led 2-0 after the first period. Hermes scored two and one-half minutes into the second frame to cut the deficit in half, but the Colonels followed with five straight goals to extend the margin to 7-1 at the intermission.

Centre (1-1) scored three times in the third period to build a 10-1 advantage.

Baney hit the back of the net five minutes into the fourth quarter and, after the Colonels scored with two minutes to play, Hermes added his second goal in the last minute for the final tally.

Hanover was outshot 51-40. Josh Green led the Panthers with 15 shots and Baney had 10. Addison Sears posted a season-high 18 saves, falling just short of his career high (20).

Baney led Hanover with five ground balls, while Tim Gruber won 10-of-17 face-offs.

Hanover, now 2-1, hosts Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on March 10.