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Men’s soccer preview: Forwards

Dominic Isadore giving a thumbs up

2017 SCHEDULE

2016 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – With two weeks to go before the Hanover men’s soccer team kicks off its 2017 season, we begin our preview series for this year’s team with the forwards.

Coming off a record-setting season, sixth year head coach Matt Wilkerson and the 2017 team will look to build on that success this fall.

Although the team lost five Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team selections to graduation, the Panthers do return a first team pick at forward in senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio). Isadore, a second team selection as a sophomore, started 17 times a year ago, and was third on the team with 13 points. The senior scored five goals and had three assists, including one game-winning goal.

Classmate Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.) is also back. The senior forward appeared in all 21 contests last year and made 15 starts. Keeney tied for fourth in points in 2016 with 10 on four goals and two assists. Of those four goals, two went for game-winners.

Junior Dean Mock (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Christopher Roe (Louisville, Ky.) will provide valuable depth at the forward position. Mock saw action in 15 matches, while Roe played in 12. Each scored a pair of goals in 2016 with both of Mock’s going for game-winners.

While the team lost a lot of talent to graduation, Hanover should be in good shape at forward. With a pair of seniors leading the way, the Panthers look to remain as one of the top teams in the HCAC.

Hanover will play its season-opener, and home-opener Friday, Sept. 1 against DePauw at 5 p.m. in Hanover, Ind. The next look in our men’s soccer preview series will feature the team’s defenders and goalkeepers.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Football Preview: Defensive Linemen

Zach Dauer jumping off the line

HCAC PRESEASON POLL

2016 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – Our preseason preview of the Hanover football team continues today with a look at the defensive linemen.

In the weeks leading up to the season opener against Centre (Ky.), we will take an in-depth look at each position group, mainly focusing on the key returners. Check out the previous position releases below.

Hanover is coming off a 4-6 season in 2016, including a 4-4 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, its first conference winning percentage of .500 or better since 2013. The Panthers were recently picked by the conference coaches to finish fifth in the HCAC this season after tying for fourth in 2016.

The Panthers return a duo at the defensive end position that will look to cause havoc in the backfield again this fall. For their efforts last season, both senior Layne Harnishfeger (Batesville, Ind.) and junior Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio) were named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention team.

Harnishfeger is the leading returner in tackles for the Panthers, as he recorded 58 total and 31 solo stops last season. His 5.8 tackles per game were also good enough for a top 20 spot in the HCAC. The senior also led the team in forced fumbles a year ago with two, while also recovering one fumble.

Dauer is the leading returner in tackles for loss, as he recorded 11.0 stops in the backfield last fall. The incoming junior and Harnishfeger combined for 21 tackles for loss, as both ranked in the top 15 in the HCAC individually. Dauer also tallied 5.5 sacks in 2016, which was good enough for ninth in the conference.

After a few key losses, returning upperclassmen and newcomers will look to add depth to the defensive line. A pair of seniors return this fall in James Cochran (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Antoine Baldon (Louisville, Ky.). Cochran posted 13 tackles in nine games last year, while Baldon added nine tackles in seven games.

Hanover and Centre will meet at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, for the season opener. The Panthers will also be hosting Football Alumni and Community Day during the first home game.

Preview No. 1: Running Backs and Wide Receivers

Preview No. 2: Defensive Backs

Preview No. 3: Offensive Linemen

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Women’s soccer preview: Backs, Goalkeepers

Katie Workman playing defense on the ball

2017 SCHEDULE

2016 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – With the start of the 2017 season just around the corner, we begin our preview series for this year’s Hanover women’s soccer team with the backs and goalkeepers.

The Panthers impressive run continued last year as the team captured both the regular season and conference tournament championships for the fourth straight year.

Four-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Jim Watts will look to build onto that run this year with a defense that will feature a mix of youth and experience.

The experience will come from seniors Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) and Katie Workman (Lexington, Ky.) as the pair will be expected to anchor the back line in 2017. Shroyer, the two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Year, is one of only two returning players to start all 20 matches a year ago. One of the top defenders in school history, Shroyer, a three-time, first team all-conference selection, a three-time all-region-pick, and a third team All-American as a sophomore will once again serve as one of the team’s leaders this year.

Workman, an HCAC honorable mention pick as a sophomore, also returns after a strong junior campaign in which she was an HCAC first team selection. The senior started 17 matches last year, and along with Shroyer helped lead the defense to nine shutouts in 2016.

In addition to Shroyer and Workman, senior Taylor Browning (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Abby Daley (Franklin, Ohio), and sophomores Kiki Crone (Indianapolis, Ind.), Mikaila Heavrin (Clarksville, Ind.), and Lizzie Matchett (Liberty Township, Ohio) are all back and will provide depth and experience in the backfield.

That experience will be important because there will be plenty of youth at the goalkeeper position this year. Karlee VanDerWeele, a two-year starter for the Panthers graduated leaving sophomore Emma DeBolt (West Chester, Ohio) as the only returning keeper. DeBolt appeared in three matches in 2016, and was part of two of the team’s nine shutouts.

The second-year keeper will be competing with a trio of freshmen this fall to help solidify the team’s defense.

Although there is a lack of experience at goalkeeper, there is still plenty of talent. With two of the top defenders in the league among a talented group of backs, the defense is poised to play a big role in the team’s success in 2017.

Hanover is set to open the season Friday, Sept. 1 against Kalamazoo (Mich.) as part of the Aurora University Chelsea Lloyd Memorial Classic in Aurora, Ill. The next look in our women’s soccer preview series will feature the team’s midfielders.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Volleyball Preview: Defensive Specialists, Setters

Abby Crump setting volleyball

2017 SCHEDULE

2016 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – As the 2017 season nears, we begin our preview series for this year’s Hanover volleyball team with defensive specialists and setters.

The Panthers are coming off a year in which they finished 25-8 overall and undefeated at 9-0 in league play for the second straight season. With most of last year’s, record-setting team back this year, the expectations remain high for head coach Peter Preocanin in his 19th year at the helm of the Hanover volleyball program.

The Panthers led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last year in digs, and senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) was a big reason why. Huynh, an honorable mention all-conference pick last year paced Hanover with 608 digs, which was also good for second in the HCAC.

Huynh also proved to be the team’s best server as the senior tallied a team-best 32 service aces in 115 sets played.

In addition to Huynh, sophomore Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.), along with a pair of freshmen will provide depth on the back row for the Panthers.

Hanover also led the league in assists in 2016 as juniors Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) and Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined to give the Panthers a dynamic duo at the setter position.

As sophomores, they ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the conference and combined for 1203 of the team’s 1432 total assists. Alexander and Crump also combined to tally 419 digs and 37 service aces between the two of them, and will be counted on to provide similar production in 2017.

With the amount of experience returning, these two positions should serve as strengths on this year’s roster as the team prepares to make a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Hanover is set to open the season Friday, Sept. 1 at the Bluffton University Sommer Spiketacular in Bluffton, Ohio. The Panthers are set to play Heidelburg (Ohio) at 4 p.m. and Kalamazoo (Mich.) at 8 p.m. on day one. The second part of our volleyball preview series will take a look at the outside and middle hitters.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Hanover women picked as co-favorite in HCAC preseason poll

Lizzy Matchett kicking soccer ball

HCAC RELEASE

2017 SCHEDULE

HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time since the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference began conducting preseason polls, the Hanover women’s soccer team was chosen as a co-favorite to win the 2017 regular season title.

This year’s poll represents the sixth time since 2010, and the fourth straight year, the Panthers have been picked to win the league. Hanover collected 85 total points to tie Franklin as co-favorites, but received five first place votes to Grizzlies’ four.

It should come as no surprise that the two teams have tied for the top spot since they have tied for the best conference record in each of the last two years (8-1 both years) and have met in the last three HCAC Tournament finals with Hanover winning all three.

In the last four years the Panthers have captured both the regular season and tournament championships. With four all-conference selections back from last year’s team, Hanover will look to earn its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017.

Mount St. Joseph finished third with 72 points. Rose-Hulman was fourth with 69 points, including the final first place vote, and Transylvania rounded out the top five with 58 points.

Anderson (51), Manchester (41), Earlham (39), Defiance (29), and Bluffton (21) followed to complete the poll.

The 2017 season will be the 10th for head coach Jim Watts. Since 2008, Watts’ first year, the Panthers have been picked to finish second or higher eight times, including first six times.

Although it’s a new year and a new team, expectations are high once again this fall. Hanover will look to add to a strong run of years which have seen the Panthers post a 60-9-2 record in league play over the last eight seasons for an .870 winning percentage.

Hanover will open its 2017 campaign the weekend of Sept. 1-3 at the Aurora University Lloyd Memorial Classic in Aurora, Ill. The Panthers will open against Kalamazoo (Mich.) Friday at 3:00 p.m. followed by a match Sunday against Aurora at 3:30 p.m.

2017 HCAC PRESEASON WOMEN'S SOCCER POLL

RANKTEAMPOINTS (1st place)2016 RECORD
1Hanover85 (5)14-6-0 (8-1-0)
2Franklin85 (4)16-4-0 (8-1-0)
3Mount St. Joseph7211-7-1 (7-2-0)
4Rose-Hulman69 (1)11-8-0 (6-3-0)
5Transylvania584-11-2 (4-5-0)
6Anderson518-5-3 (4-4-1)
7Manchester413-11-0 (4-5-0)
8Earlham391-14-1 (1-7-1)
9Defiance292-13-0 (2-7-0)
10Bluffton210-11-0 (0-9-0)

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's Tennis Preview: Doubles

Cami Jones and Lizzy Katzenberger high fiving

2017-18 FALL SCHEDULE

2016-17 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team will open its fall schedule in less than three weeks and in preparation for the season opener we review the team’s doubles performance from the 2016-17 campaign.

Hanover finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-7 overall record, tying the program mark, set the year prior, for victories in a single season. The Panthers also went 8-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to earn their fourth straight regular season championship. The Blue and Red will carry a 33-game HCAC regular season winning streak into this fall.

Overall, Hanover posted a 47-22 record in doubles matches last season, a .681 winning percentage. The team’s double success marked the third straight season they have produced a winning percentage above .680.

The Panthers were dominant in conference action last season, winning 22 of their 24 doubles matches. Hanover swept doubles play in six HCAC regular season matches and conceded three or fewer games in 18 sets.

A trio of all-conference selections return this fall in junior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomores Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.).

Winternheimer earned her second all-HCAC award last fall and teamed with 2016 HCAC Player of the Year Mackenzie Spicer in the No. 2 slot. The duo went 8-0 in conference play last year, giving Winternheimer a career doubles record of 16-0 in the HCAC. She finished last season with an overall doubles mark of 17-6.

Jones and Katzenberger teamed up for most of the 2016-17 season, as the duo posted a 7-1 mark in conference action. During their freshmen campaigns, the two logged a 15-8 overall record together, as they competed mainly in the No. 3 spot.

Sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 14 wins during doubles play, while senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) each won six doubles matches, while going a perfect 2-0 together.

Hanover opens the 2017-18 season on the road, with a contest at IU-Southeast, at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 3.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Fogus travels to Australia with Beyond Sports Tours

Mallory Fogus headshot in front of photo from Australia she took

PHOTO GALLERY

BEYOND SPORTS

HANOVER, Ind. – Current Hanover women’s lacrosse player Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) experienced some international flavor of lacrosse during her recent trip to Australia with Beyond Sports Tours.

Fogus, a three-time all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference selection, participated in Beyond Sports women’s lacrosse trip to Australia this summer, from July 27 through Aug. 7. The incoming senior was one of 39 athletes from colleges and universities around the United States that competed on three separate teams.

During the trip, Fogus was paired with athletes from all three NCAA divisions to compete in three games against regional and club Australian teams. The tour group also traveled to three of the most popular cities in the country, including Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne.

“It was an incredible experience,” stated Fogus about her overall thoughts on the trip, “I am thankful I had the opportunity to go and it was cool to be able to see how the game of lacrosse is growing around the world.”

On the field, Fogus continued to find success just as she does her in the States, totaling seven goals in the three game stretch, as her team also won two of the three contests. With some rule differences between the game in the U.S. and Australia, it took the Hanover athlete some time to adjust.

“Their lacrosse rules are a little different than ours so getting used to those was probably one of the hardest things to adjust to during the trip.”

When asked about adjusting to the culture off the field Fogus added, “It was quite easy due to how welcoming everyone was. The locals that we encountered were excited to chat with us about our experiences not only in Australia, but also to learn which part of the U.S. we were coming from.”

Fogus’ experiences off the lacrosse field included multiple tours, such as the Darling Harbor in Sydney and the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, as well as snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and learning to play Australian football from professional coaches in Cairns.

Beyond Sports was established in 2010 and has grown into one of the world leaders in international sports tours, having over 1,300 athlete alums. They create mutually beneficial opportunities for U.S. student-athletes, international athletes and international youth to enjoy a life-changing cross-cultural experience through sport.

“Being able to play with athletes from around the world has made me a better lacrosse player. We had to adjust to differing levels and styles of play rapidly in order to play well together.”

“Practicing and playing with girls that compete at higher divisions than I do was incredible and the amount of talent out there was astounding. This was definitely a growing experience and although the trip was short, I have become a better player for it.”

To view photos of Fogus’ trip and learn more about Beyond Sports, visit the links above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Football Preview: Offensive Linemen

Offensive linemen set before the snap

HCAC PRESEASON POLL

2016 STATISTICS

HANOVER, Ind. – Today we will take a deeper look at the offensive linemen as we continue our preview series of the Hanover football team leading up to the 2017 opener Sept. 2.

In the weeks leading up to the season opener against Centre (Ky.), we will take an in-depth look at each position group, mainly focusing on the key returners. Check out the previous position releases below.

Hanover is coming off a 4-6 season in 2016, including a 4-4 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, its first conference winning percentage of .500 or better since 2013. The Panthers were recently picked by the conference coaches to finish fifth in the HCAC this season after tying for fourth in 2016.

“The offensive line will be anchored by senior tackle Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.),” stated co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Brown. “Sofronko is entering his third season as a starter for us, making 20 starts in his career, including stops at right tackle and left guard.”

The incoming senior earned his first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honor after the 2016 season, as he was named to the second team all-HCAC.

Junior Brandon Merrick (Mount Vernon, Ind.) made seven starts last year, as he is also entering his third season atop the depth chart. Merrick made six starts at right guard, while also starting one game at left tackle in 2016.

At the center position, the Panthers will have the luxury of returning junior Eli Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.). Smith started all 10 games for the Blue and Red last year.

Payton Fergus (Newburgh, Ind.) and Dylon Neff (Moores Hill, Ind.) will both be in the mix for a starting position this fall. Payton made three starts for us in 2016, while Dylon earned time in the rotation at left guard. Kyle Conrad (Georgetown, Ohio) missed all of the 2016 season with an injury but he’ll also battle for a starting spot after making a number of appearances as a freshman in 2015.”

“We have a number of other guys returning as well, plus a strong group of freshmen coming in that will look to battle for spots in the trenches this season,” added Brown.

After averaging just over 88 yards per game on the ground in 2015, the Panthers returned to the triple digits in 2016, behind its offensive line, chewing up close to 105 yards per contest. Hanover had a pair of 200-plus yard games on the ground last fall, while adding 17 rushing touchdowns for the third time in four seasons.

The offensive line’s pass protection over the final four games of the season came together, as the unit allowed just nine total sacks. With the strong protection, Hanover was able to average over 315 yards per game, in the air, over the final month of the season.

Hanover and Centre are slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff Sept. 2. The Panthers will be hosting Football Alumni and Community Day during the opener as well.

Preview No. 1: Running Backs and Wide Receivers

Preview No. 2: Defensive Backs

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's soccer tabbed third in HCAC Preseason Poll

Thomas Doering running toward ball

HCAC RELEASE

2017 SCHEDULE

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Coming off its second consecutive season with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, the Hanover men’s soccer team has been picked by the league’s head coaches to finish third this fall.

This marks the third time in the past four seasons that the Panthers have been projected to finish in the top three of the HCAC. Hanover totaled 75 points in the 2017 preseason poll.

The Panthers have captured hardware from the HCAC in each of the past two seasons, earning their first conference regular season championship in 2015 and the program’s first HCAC Tournament championship in 2016. Last fall also marked the first time the men’s soccer program qualified for the NCAA National Tournament.

Transylvania was the coaches’ pick to win the HCAC this season, recording 88 points and six first place votes. Rose-Hulman, 2016 HCAC regular season champion, was a tight second with 85 points and four first place votes.

Mount St. Joseph’s 59 points were good enough for fourth, whille Manchester tallied 53 points for the fifth spot in the poll. Rounding out the rest of the preseason rankings were Earlham (47), Anderson (46), Franklin (42), Defiance (31) and Bluffton (24).

Hanover won a program-best 16 contests in 2016, while dropping just five matches, which is the fewest for a single season in the program’s 26-year history. The Blue and Red have also won at least 10 matches in three of the past four seasons.

The Panthers have finished among the top three in the HCAC standings in three of head coach Matt Wilkerson’s five seasons at the helm. Since 2012, when Wilkerson took the reins of the program, Hanover is 26-12-7 in conference matches.

Hanover will open the 2017 regular season with a home contest against DePauw (Ind.) at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. The Tigers were the first team in the receiving votes category for the United Soccer Coaches Preseason National Top 25 Poll.

2017 HCAC PRESEASON MEN'S SOCCER POLL

RANKTEAMPOINTS (1st place)2016 RECORD
1Transylvania88 (6)12-3-3 (7-1-1)
2Rose-Hulman85 (4)14-6-0 (9-0-0)
3Hanover7516-5-0 (7-2-0)
4Mount St. Joseph5910-6-3 (5-3-1)
5Manchester539-6-3 (3-5-1)
6Earlham476-11-0 (2-7-0)
7Anderson469-8-1 (3-5-1)
8Franklin423-10-4 (3-5-1)
9Defiance315-9-4 (2-4-3)
10Bluffton243-15-0 (0-9-0)

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2017-18 schedule released for women's basketball

Women's basketball team breaking out of huddle

2017-18 SCHEDULE

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team has released its schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The Panthers are coming off a 2016-17 campaign which saw a four-win improvement overall and six-win jump in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play from the previous year. In Year Two under head coach John Jones, the Blue and Red posted a 13-13 overall mark and an 11-7 record in conference play, earning the fourth seed in the HCAC Tournament.

Hanover will play seven non-conference games this upcoming winter, with all of them coming in November and December. Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a pair of tournaments in the state of Ohio. The Panthers will compete in the Nan Nichols Classic at the College of Wooster Nov. 18 and 19. The second tournament will be held Dec. 29 and 30 at Wittenberg University.

The Blue and Red will kick off the new season inside Collier Arena Wednesday, Nov. 15, when they welcome Spalding (Ky.) for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Panthers will also host Centre (Ky.) in the non-conference slate.

Conference play begins with four games during the month of December, including home contests with Transylvania on Dec. 6 and Bluffton Dec. 9. The Panthers will also face Franklin and Defiance on the road before the New Year.

Hanover’s first crack at the 2016-17 HCAC regular season and tournament champions, Rose-Hulman, will be Wednesday, Jan. 3, when the team travels to Terre Haute, Ind. for a 7 p.m. contest. The Panthers and Engineers will meet at Hanover on the final day of January, at 7 p.m., as well.

The Panthers home contest with RHIT kicks off a four-game home stand, which is a part of five home games over the final six contests of the regular season. The regular season finale will come against Defiance, at home, Saturday, Feb. 17.

If Hanover finishes in the top six of the conference standings, they will qualify for the HCAC Tournament, which will take place Feb. 20-24.

For the complete 2017-18 women’s basketball schedule, visit the link above.

Gif showing logos of all home opponents for new season

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu