Hanover’s terrific men’s soccer season ended in the NCAA Division III Tournament’s Round of 16 on a 3-1 loss to eighth-ranked Messiah on Saturday in Lexington, Virginia.

The Panthers, making their first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16, took an early 1-0 lead just seconds into the contest when senior Carlos Schryver collected a loose ball in front of the net and fired it into the goal.

Messiah tied the match in the 31st minute on a goal by Luke Brautigam then went ahead in the 42nd minute on a marker by Cole Christian. The Falcons fnished off the scoring with a goal by Lucas Kokolios in the 58th minute.

Shots were relatively even with Messiah holding a 10-8 overall advantage and 7-4 on goal. Goalie Lucas Salemi had four saves for the Panthers.

Messiah then lost to top-ranked Washington & Lee 3-1 in the round of eight on Sunday.

Hanover finished the year with a 16-5-1 record.

Women split two at Wooster

Hanover women’s basketball split a pair of games in Wooster, Ohio, over the weekend.

The Panthers dropped an 84-61 decision to Otterbein on Saturday then posted a 70-40 win over Westminster on Sunday.

Hanover played from behind virtually the entire way against Otterbein, trailing 21-11 after the first quarter a 51-25 at halftime. Callie Wilder had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers, Taylor Heath had eight points, and Liz Tynan, Keaton Chastain, Addie Gardner, and Grace Bezold each scored six.

Hanover had a much better time on Sunday, jumping out to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter and never looking back. Gardner had 17 points to lead the way, Heath had 11 points and eight assists, and Katherine Benter had 11 points for the Panthers.

Hanover, now 2-1 on the season, hosts Centre on Sunday in its home opener.