McCulloch, Walsh headline all-HCAC selections

Senior Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year for the second season in a row. McCulloch headlines five members of Hanover College’s women’s soccer team who earned all-conference honors.

McCulloch was joined on the HCAC’s first team by sophomore forward Tricia Walsh (Amelia, Ohio), who earned all-league honors for the first time.

Senior defender Shannon Grueter (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman midfielder Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) were second-team honorees, while senior midfielder Jennie Dumaine (California, Ky.) was named to the Heartland Conference’s all-sportsmanship team.

McCulloch was named to the all-conference team for the fourth consecutive season. She was the league’s newcomer of the year in 2009 and a first-team honoree after each of the past three seasons.

McCulloch and Grueter anchored Hanover’s defensive unit. The Panthers posted 10 shutouts in 19 matches during the season and tied the 2009 team’s school record by allowing only 10 goals.

In addition to her defense, Grueter, a two-time all-HCAC selection, also scored one goal and added an assist.

Walsh led Hanover's offensive attack with 15 points, including a team-high seven goals and one assist.

Alvis was second on the squad with 14 points. She scored six goals and had a pair of assists in her first collegiate season.

Dumaine netted a career-high four goals and also had one assist.

Hanover capped the season 13-4-2 overall. The effort matches the second-highest victory total in school history (13-5-1 in 2009). The Panthers were third in the Heartland Conference with a 6-2-1 mark.