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Panthers host Mount St. Joseph for Homecoming

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Women's soccer's match at Spalding postponed

HANOVER, Ind. --The Hanover women's soccer match at Spalding (Ky.) has been postponed due to field conditions.

The Panthers and Golden Eagles were scheduled to play at Spalding at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, but due to weather, the field conditions are unplayable.

No decision has been made yet on whether or not the contest will be made up.

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Women's tennis reschedules match at Transylvania

HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover women's tennis team has postponed its away match with Transylvania.

The match, originally scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, has been postponed due to weather conflicts.

The PanthersandPioneershave rescheduled the match to take place at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Transylvania.

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Volleyball hosts Manchester in lone match this week

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team will open up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend when they host Manchester on Saturday during Homecoming weekend.

The Panthers (10-7) will cap a busy day for Hanover Athletics at home with a 5 p.m. match against the Spartans.

Hanover is coming off a 3-2 week, which saw them win at Thomas More (Ky.) before splitting four contests when they hosted the HCAC/OAC Crossover.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a strong performance in the back line for the Panthers as she was named to the HCAC/OAC Crossover all-tournament team. Huynh finished the five-match week with 6.15 digs per set and a team high six serving aces. The junior has 337 digs this season, which is eighth best in the NCAA Division III.

Classmate Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with 46 kills last week, and is currently second on the squad with 175 kills this season. Brandvik is averaging 2.40 kills per set.

With a combined 41 blocks in five matches last week, sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) continued to climb up the national leaderboard in rejections. Dennis posted 20 blocks a week ago, and now ranks second in the NCAA with 79 total blocks this season. The sophomore added 32 kills and 50 digs over the five-match span as well.

Crawford now has 63 total blocks this season as she is also in the top 15 nationally in rejections. Her 289 career blocks are also flirting with the top 25 nationally among active players. The junior has a career hitting percentage of .363, ranking sixth among active Division III athletes and 24th across all NCAA divisions.

As a team, the Panthers are among the nation’s best in defensive categories. Hanover is the top team in NCAA Division III with 162 total blocks, and also ranks 23rd nationally with 2.19 per set.

The team is second in the country in total digs with 1,230, and offensively HC ranks second nationally in kills (874) and assists (807).

It has been tough to win inside Collier Arena over the past two seasons as well, with the team currently holding a 6-2 home record this season, with an average attendance number which ranks among the top 50 in the country. Hanover is a combined 18-3 at home over the past two seasons.

Manchester will enter the weekend with a 9-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the HCAC. The Spartans dropped their conference opener to Rose-Hulman, 3-0, before picking up a 3-1 victory over Franklin last week.

Manchester has been riding a hot streak as of late, winning eight of its last nine matches. The Spartans are 2-0 in true road matches this season and 4-3 overall away from home.

The series has been one-sided leaning toward Hanover, as the Panthers have won the past 12 meetings by a combined score of 36-5. Hanover has won each of the past four, and six of the last seven meetings in straight sets.

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Men's soccer blanks Wilmington at home


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team continued its strong play at home on Tuesday evening, defeating Wilmington (Ohio), 3-0.

The Panthers (7-2) have now won all four of their home matches this season by a combined score of 22-4, including two shutouts.

Three different Panthers scored in the contest, while senior Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) totaled both assists for HC.

Senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) picked up his third individual shutout of the season. A defensive unit led by Di Maio and classmate Alex McSweeney (Louisville, Ky.) has now blanked four opponents this season.

Hanover outshot the Quakers 11-4 in the opening half and after a scoreless 30 minutes to open the contest, the Panthers found the back of the net with a goal from junior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.). Childers found the ball just outside the 18-yard box and passed it through the WC backline, giving Doering a clean look at the goal.

The first 45 minutes were played physically on both sides, as there were 10 total fouls called, and one yellow card was given to each team.

In the second half, Childers sent his corner kick back to senior Matthew Hand (Auckland, New Zealand) in the 54th minute, as Hand then ripped a shot from 30 yards out past the Wilmington (3-4-2) keeper, giving HC a 2-0 advantage.

At 80:00, senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was fouled in the attacking box, and he then capitalized on the penalty kick, scoring his ninth goal of the season to give Hanover a 3-0 edge.

For the match, Hanover held a 15-10 advantage in shot. Despite conceding 10 shots to the Quakers, Di Maio was only called on to make two saves. The Panthers recorded six shots on goal in the contest.

Franchini and senior Walker Goodbub (Prospect, Ky.) paced the Panthers with four shots apiece.

Hanover has now won seven of its last eight matches, and will look to run its home winning streak to five on Saturday, Oct. 1, when Manchester comes to the Panther Athletic Complex for a 3:30 p.m. match.

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Panthers control own destiny for fourth consecutive HCAC title

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team will wrap up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this week in part of four matches in five days.

The Panthers, who have won 30 consecutive regular season conference matches dating back to the 2012 season, will look for their fourth consecutive HCAC regular season title with matches against Transylvania, Manchester, and Franklin this week. Hanover will round out the jam-packed week with a non-conference match against IU-Southeast.

Hanover will first travel to Transylvania for a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday, before making a trip to Manchester for a 10 a.m. start on Saturday. The week will be come to an end on Sunday when the Panthers host Franklin at 10 a.m. and IU-Southeast at 4 p.m., as part of a tri-match.

Two members of the Panther squad have posted unblemished 5-0 records in singles play, including senior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.). Spicer has won all five of her conference tilts in the top spot, while Katzenberger has been dominant in the bottom half of singles competition.

Freshman Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) is 4-1 in HCAC singles play, while classmate Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) are 3-0 in conference action.

Overall, in 30 singles matches in the HCAC this season, the Panthers have posted a 27-3 record. Hanover has also gotten off to a fast start in each conference match, posting a combined record of 13-2 in doubles play.

The duo of Spicer and sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) are 8-2 overall in doubles matches and are a perfect 5-0 against HCAC foes.

The other pair that has competed in each conference match is Jones and Katzenberger, as they hold a 4-1 mark in the HCAC. Farrell and sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) are 3-1 as a group in conference action.

Hanover has won the past two meetings against Transylvania by scores of 8-1 and 7-2. Against Manchester, the Panthers have won the past two encounters by a combined total of 17-1.

The Panthers and Grizzlies will meet for the fifth time in the past three seasons, after competing against one another three times in 2015. Hanover and Franklin met in the HCAC championship last season, where the Panthers won 5-4.

The Blue and Red have split the last two meetings with IU-Southeast, picking up a 6-3 win to open the 2015 campaign, but the team dropped a 6-3 decision the season prior.

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Hanover women look to add to recent success this week

HANOVER, Ind. – Winners of its last two matches, the Hanover women’s soccer team will look to continue its recent success this week with a non-conference match at Spalding Wednesday followed by its HCAC opener at home against Manchester Saturday.

The Panthers remained unbeaten at home with a big win over visiting Capital Saturday. The contest featured a rematch of a first round NCAA Tournament game last year in which the Crusaders won 1-0.

Hanover exacted a bit of revenge as senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice and assisted on two other goals for a 4-2 win as the Panthers improved to 3-4 on the season.

For her efforts Cornacchione was named the HCAC player of the week for the fifth time in her career. Entering the week, she ranks third in the league in points (15) and is tied for second in goals with six.

A final non-conference tune-up is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., against Spalding. The Golden Eagles, currently 4-4-1 overall, have gone 0-4-1 since opening the season 4-0. Four of its nine matches have come against HCAC schools. Spalding defeated Defiance 5-0 before falling 3-0 to Mount St. Joseph, 2-0 to Franklin, and 2-1 to Anderson.

The Golden Eagles are led by Senior Dee Dee Sliter. In seven matches, Sliter has posted a team-high 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Senior Kelsey Kaiser has served as the team’s primary goalkeeper. Kaiser will enter Wednesday’s contest with a 4-3 record, and has 23 saves and a 1.36 goals against average.

The two teams have met in each of the last five years with Hanover winning all five by a combined score of 27-0.

The Panthers will then open league play Saturday, Oct. 1 when they host Manchester as part of Homecoming Weekend. The Spartans are winless in six matches this season and have been out-scored 27-8 in those six losses.

Junior Courtney Hersick and sophomore Maranda Birmingham have combined to score all eight of the team’s goals so far. Hersick has four scores and two assists for 10 points, while Birmingham has scored four times for eight points.

Manchester has used four different goalkeepers, including three that have seen action in three matches. The four of them have combined to stop 66 shots and own a 4.50 goals against average.

In the previous seven meetings, Hanover has won all seven, including a conference tournament match in 2014, by a combined score of 17-3.

Saturday’s contest is set for a 1 p.m. first kick.

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Conners rushing performance leads to HCAC Player of the Week award


GREENWOOD, Ind. – Junior running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) has recently been announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance this past Saturday.

Conners led a rushing attack which outgained Anderson 244-11 on the ground, as the Panthers (1-3) picked up their first win under new head coach Matt Theobald, 49-25.

The junior rushed for 122 yards on 27 carries, scoring three touchdowns against the Ravens. The 122 rushing yards was the highest total of any player in the conference last week.

With his three rushing touchdowns, Conners became the first player in the conference to score three times on the ground this season. Conners was also the first player for HC to rush in for that many scores since he did so against Earlham back on Oct. 31, 2015. That performance also earned Conners his only other HCAC player of the week award.

The junior averaged 4.5 yards per carry, and also caught four passes for 28 yards. The Harrison, Ohio native totaled 150 all-purpose yards in the victory.

For the season, Conners has rushed for 299 yards, averaging 74.8 yards per game. His rushing total is good enough for fourth best in the conference.

Conners has five rushing scores this season, ranking him second in the conference in scoring per game, as he is averaging 7.5 points scored per contest.

With the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Conners ranks seventh in the HCAC in all-purpose yards at 95.5 per game.

The Panthers will look for their second consecutive conference victory when they welcome Mount St. Joseph for Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Cornacchione picks up fifth career HCAC weekly honor


GREENWOOD, Ind. – After accounting for all four scores in Hanover women’s soccer’s victory over Capital this past Saturday, senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The senior has now won five HCAC player of the week awards in her career as Hanover now has a total of 12 weekly honors over the past five seasons.

Cornacchione scored two goals and added two assists in the Panthers (3-4) lone match of the week. The senior helped HC avenge last season’s NCAA tournament loss to Capital (Ohio), as the Blue and Red won by a score of 4-2.

Riding a hot streak offensively, Cornacchione has scored two goals in each of the past two matches. She has three matches this season with at least two scores.

With the two assists against Capital, the senior set a personal and team high this season for the Panthers.

On the year, Cornacchione leads the Panthers and ranks second in the conference in goals scored with six. The senior also has three assists giving her a team high 15 points in 2016. Her point total is currently third best in the HCAC this season.

Cornacchione has been a key factor as Hanover has won each of its last two matches, both of which were at home. The senior scored the game-tying and game-winning goals against Sewanee (Tenn.) back on Sept. 18, and then accounted for each score in the victory over Capital.

The Panthers will look to run their winning streak to three when they hit the road for a 5:30 p.m. match at Spalding (Ky.) on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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Panthers back in action with two home matches this week

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a pair of home victories last week, the Hanover men’s soccer team will play its final non-conference tune-up Tuesday and then open its 2016 HCAC season Saturday as part of Homecoming Weekend.

The Panthers posted a pair of impressive victories last week with a 5-0 win over Berea and a 7-2 victory over Georgetown, both on their home field.

Four different players scored at least two goals led by seniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.). Franchini had a big week as he scored three goals and added three assists in the two wins. He is now leading the HCAC in points (23) and assists (7) and is tied for the league lead in goals (8).

Eldridge also scored three goals and had an assist, and is now third in the conference in points (15) and goals (7). Another senior, Jace Gentil (Wadesville, Ind.) scored a pair of goals against Georgetown, and junior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) added two scores against Berea.

The shutout against Berea was Rafael Di Maio’s (Sao Paulo, Brazil) third of the season. He currently ranks third in the conference in goals against average (0.73) and fifth in goals against (6).

Before opening conference play, Hanover will host Wilmington at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Quakers will arrive on campus having lost their last two matches by the same 1-0 score. Through eight contests, Wilmington is 3-3-2 overall, but 0-2 on the road.

Freshman Carl Bergstrom and sophomore Niklas Martensson lead the Quakers in points. Bergstron has scored two goals to go along with two assists for eight points, while Martensson has tallied three goals and an assist for seven points. Senior goalkeeper Nick Baker has made 28 saves on the year and brings a 1.54 goals against average to Hanover.

After finishing the 2015 season with a 4-8-6 overall record and 1-4-4 mark in the HCAC, Manchester is off to a 6-0-2 start this year. The Spartans will look to build on a three-match winning streak Wednesday at Ohio Northern prior to Saturday’s match-up against the Panthers at 3:30 p.m.

Sophomore Ben Niederhelman and senior Ola Ladapo have scored four goals apiece to pace Manchester. Niederhelman also has two assists for a team-best 10 points. Sophomore Ryan Morely is second on the team with nine points on three goals and three assists. Junior Brady Forman has been strong in goal having allowed just under one goal per match with 19 saves and two shutouts.

The contest against Manchester will pit two of the top three defensive teams in the conference against each other. Hanover has a 0.94 goals against average, while Manchester owns a 0.95 goals against average.

The Panthers won last year’s meeting 3-0 and will look to win for the third time in four years against the Spartans.

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