RECORD SETTER: Hanover’s Nick Hermes, a junior attacker from Grayslake, Ill., scored four goals on Wednesday at Defiance to break the Panthers’ record for goals scored in a season with 35 with five games to play. Hermes had tied the old mark of 33 goals in 2013. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
RECORD SETTER: Hanover’s Nick Hermes, a junior attacker from Grayslake, Ill., scored four goals on Wednesday at Defiance to break the Panthers’ record for goals scored in a season with 35 with five games to play. Hermes had tied the old mark of 33 goals in 2013. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Junior attacker Nick Hermes scored four goals to set a school single-season record and matched his school single-game mark with seven assists as Hanover's men's lacrosse squad blanked winless Defiance 21-0 in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference battle Wednesday in Defiance, Ohio.

Chris Baney and Luke Karnick each netted four goals, while Josh Green added three, to lead Hanover to the second shutout in the program's four-year history.

The Panthers, who snapped a two-match losing streak with the win, limited Defiance (0-9, 0-4 MLC) to a team-record-low eight shots, generated 30 turnovers, earned a 43-11 advantage in ground balls and did not commit a penalty.

Baney and Karnick each scored three goals as the Panthers set a team record with 10 goals in the first period. The squad stretched the margin to 16-0 at halftime and led 19-0 after three quarters.

Angelo Butturi led Hanover with seven ground balls and caused a team-season-high five turnovers. He also won 5-of-10 face-offs.

The Panthers converted 18-of-19 clears and were 8-of-8 in the second half while icing the victory.

Junior goalies Addison Sears, Branden Geyer and Austin Czisny each logged more than 16 minutes in Hanover's net. Sears had one save while Czisny posted two.

Hermes' four goals pushed his season total to a Hanover-season-record 35, eclipsing the mark of 33 that he shared with Karnick and Green. Hermes and Karnick each netted 33 goals during the 2013 campaign, while Green scored 33 in 2012.

The 21-point margin of victory marks the second-largest in school history, falling just short of the 22-point-gap in the Panthers' 24-2 win over Bethany (W.Va.) last season. Hanover blanked Alma (Mich.) 16-0 two years ago for the first shutout in school history.

Hanover, now 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the MLC, hosts Elmhurst (Ill.) on Saturday.