Athletics News
Panthers shut out Earlham, 2-0

The Hanover College men’s soccer team pushed its winning streak to three matches with a 2-0 victory against Earlham College at the Panther Athletic Complex.

Juniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) each scored goals to help Hanover improve to 2-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and even the Panthers' overall mark at 6-6.

Franchini scored in the 23rd minute to get Hanover on the scoreboard. Junior midfielder Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) assisted on the goal, which was Franchini’s team-leading seventh of the season.

Eldridge, who netted his second goal of the season, nudged the Panthers' lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute. Sophomore midfielder Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) fed the ball to Eldridge on the left side of the six-yard-box for the insurance goal.

Earlham, now 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC, totaled 17 shots in the match. Most of the Quakers attempts, however, were from 20 yards or farther and off the mark. Junior goalie Rafael DiMaio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) did post six saves through 90 minutes in Hanover’s net.

The Panthers had 11 shots in the contest, with nine coming in the first period. Franchini and Eldridge each fired three shots to lead the attack.

Hanover vs. Earlham statistics

Hanover continues Heartland Conference action Saturday, Oct. 10, on the road against Manchester University. The HCAC tilt is set for a 3:30 p.m. start in North Manchester, Ind.

Three snag league player-of-the-week honors

Sophomore Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and junior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) have been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s athletes of the week in their respective sports.

Isadore was tabbed the Heartland Conference’s men’s soccer player of the week after scoring three goals to lead Hanover (5-6; 1-0 HCAC) to a pair of victories.

Isadore, a forward, netted a goal late in the 17th minute to ultimately lift the Panthers to a 1-0 win against Asbury University (Ky.), Sept. 29, at the Panther Athletic Complex. He scored a goal in each half to spark the squad’s 3-0 victory at Bluffton University (Ohio), Oct. 3, in the squad’s Heartland Conference opener in Bluffton, Ohio.

Shepherd was named the HCAC’s women’s golfer of the week after posting a first- and second-place finish to lead Hanover’s women’s golf team to a pair of second-place finishes.

Shepherd, the league’s golfer of the week three times this fall, earned medalist honors at Franklin College’s Lady Grizzly Invitational, Oct. 3, at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. She fired a 78 to win by two strokes.

Earlier in the week, Shepherd fired an 82 to land second overall at the Oakland City Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind.

Vidal was named the Heartland Conference’s men’s golfer of the week for the second time in the past three weeks.

Vidal set a school 18-hole record to lead Hanover to an 11-stroke victory at the Oakland City Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Club, Sept. 29. He fired a four-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors and break the school mark by one stroke. His round included six birdies, eight pars and just four bogies.

Fall season ends with loss to IUS

Hanover College’s men’s tennis squad capped its fall season with an 8-1 loss to Indiana University Southeast at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Hanover (3-1) was swept in doubles, but pushed four of the six singles matches into a third set.

The Panthers picked up a victory at No. 2 singles as freshman Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) recorded a win after his competitor, Jonathan James, retired in the third set.

Sophomore Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) lost at No. 1 singles to Indiana Southeast’s Nick Roby, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) fell to Trent Wallace, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5. Freshman Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) was edged at No. 6 by the Grenadiers’ Chris Braun, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Indiana Southeast raised its fall record to 2-1 with the triumph.

Hanover vs. Indiana Southeast results

Hanover will start its spring season Tuesday, March 8, on the road against Oakland City University. The match will begin at 3 p.m. (CT) in Oakland City, Ind.

Football suffers Homecoming setback

The Hanover College football team lost to Bluffton University (Ohio), 56-10, in the program’s 88th-annual Homecoming game. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt was played at Alumni Stadium.

Junior receiver Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Zachary Donan (New Albany, Ind.) to tie the game at 7-7 early in the first period.

Bluffton pulled ahead 28-7 in the opening seconds of the second quarter. Hanover, however, trimmed the margin to 28-10 when junior placekicker Ben Wheeler (Greenwood, Ind.) booted a career-long 39-yard field goal with 11:51 left in the half.

The Beavers added two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to build a 42-10 lead at halftime. Two third-quarter scores bumped the final margin to 56-10.

The Panthers finished with 171 yards of offense. Donan completed 6-of-22 passes for 104 yards with the touchdown and one interception. Windell had three catches for 69 yards and sophomore running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) tallied 68 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Junior linebacker Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) led Hanover’s defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Sophomore defensive back Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) swiped his team-leading second interception of the season and also blocked a 38-yard field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter.

Senior Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) punted seven times for an average of 45.1 yards per kick.

Bluffton (2-2; 1-1 HCAC) notched 579 yards of offense, including 306 yards on the ground. The Beavers had possession of the ball for nearly 38 minutes in the 60-minute contest.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

Hanover continues Heartland Conference play Saturday, Oct. 10, against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Delhi, Ohio.

Shepherd first, Panthers second at Lady Grizzly

Senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) earned medalist honors to lead Hanover College’s women’s golf squad to a second-place finish at the Lady Grizzly Invitational. The 18-hole tournament, hosted by Franklin College, was held at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind.

Shepherd, who has captured medalist honors four times this fall, posted a 78 to post a two-stroke victory. Junior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) placed fifth in the 50-golfer field with an 81. Seniors Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had a 92 to share 19th place.

Hanover totaled 343 strokes to land in second place. The Panthers finished just four strokes behind Rend Lake College (Ill.), which claimed the team crown with 339. Host Franklin was third in the six-team field with 347.

Lady Grizzly Invitational results

Hanover will close the fall season, Oct. 10-11, in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The 36-hole event will be played at Ashton Oaks Golf Club in North Bend, Ohio. The Panthers are the two-time defending league champions.

Volleyball tops Manchester

Freshman setters Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) and Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 27 assists as the Hanover College volleyball team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-rival Manchester University, 25-21, 25-14, 25-19, in North Manchester, Ind.

Sophomore hitters Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) both tallied 10 kills, while Crawford added seven blocks.

Senior defensive specialist Maddie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) notched 10 digs and two assists, while classmate Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) had five kills and eight digs.

The Panthers totaled 40 kills to accompany 33 assists and 36 digs.

Hanover improves to 12-7 overall and 2-0 in the HCAC, while Manchester falls to 6-11 and 1-3 the league.

Hanover @ Manchester statistics

The Panthers are next in action Wednesday, Oct. 7, versus Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The match starts at 7:00 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Isadore, Doering goals lead Hanover past Bluffton

Sophomore forward Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored two goals and classmate Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) added another as the Hanover College men’s soccer team opened the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season with a 3-0 victory at Bluffton University (Ohio).

The Panthers controlled the offensive tempo from the start, holding the Beavers to zero first half-shots while shooting seven of their own.

Isadore followed a game-winner earlier this week with an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute to secure an early Panther lead. He extended the lead at the 71:34 mark, corralling a Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) assist to position Hanover ahead 2-0.

Doering put the game out of reach with the first goal of his career at the 74:06 mark.

Hanover enjoyed a 9-1 corner advantage and outshot the Beavers, 14-4. Panther goalkeeper Rafael DiMaio (Sao Paolo, Brazil) collected two saves in goal.

The win improves the Hanover record to 5-6 overall and in the 1-0 HCAC, while Bluffton remains winless on the season (0-9; 0-1 HCAC).

Hanover @ Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

The Panthers host Earlham College Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 4:00 p.m.

Koopman powers shutout at Bluffton

Sophomore Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) doubled her career goal total, scoring twice to lead the Hanover College women’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory against Bluffton University in their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener in Bluffton, Ohio.

The Panthers quickly set the offensive pace, as collected a pass from freshman midfielder Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) and scored just 1:59 into the match.

Hanover never lacked for shots, firing 17 shots in the first half, but after the first goal the Panthers' offense was thwarted for almost 30 minutes.

Junior forward Chandler Turner (Indianapolis, Ind.) assisted classmate Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) in the 31st minute to break the drought and give Hanover a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Panthers opened the second half with freshman midfielder Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) scoring her first career goal after converting a Jessica Comorosky (Loveland, Ohio) corner kick at the 57:40 mark.

Seven minutes later, senior midfielder Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) assisted junior forward Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) on her team-leading seventh goal in the 64th minute.

Koopman collected her final goal in the 75th minute, as freshman Maddie Binion (Carmel, Ind.) notched her first career assist.

Hanover outshot Bluffton, 25-2, with Panther goalkeeper Morgan Cole (Mason, Ohio) securing two saves.

Beaver goalie Brittany Huff collected 11 saves as Bluffton falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the HCAC.

Hanover @ Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

Hanover improves to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in the HCAC with the victory. The Panthers host Earlham College in a Heartland Conference matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in their next outing.

Rector's all-meet honors lead harriers

Sophomore Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) earned all-meet honors to pace the Hanover College men’s cross country team at the Greater Louisville Classic. The meet was held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

Rector covered the eight-kilometer course in a season-best 26:31.05 to place 21st in the silver division.

The Panthers totaled 386 points to finish 14th out of 34 teams.

Freshman Jacob Hedrick (Henryville, Ind.) ran 27:29.68 to place 62, while senior Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) finished three spots back in 27:33.75.

Junior Frank Baracani-Thomas (Vincennes, Ind.) placed 105th in 28:11.43, while classmate Jake Hally (Indianapolis, Ind.) completed the scoring with a 29:01.07 (171st) effort.

Greater Louisville Classic results

The Panthers return to action Friday, Oct. 17, at the #JennaStrong Wilmington Invitational in Wilmington, Ohio.

Seniors lead cross country at Louisville

Senior Teresa Wiczynski (Columbus, Ind.) earned all-meet honors and moved into a tie for seventh in school history to lead the Hanover College women’s cross country team to a 10th-place finish in the silver division of the Greater Louisville Classic. The meet was held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

Wiczynski covered the five-kilometer course in a career-best 19:12.49 and was the top NCAA Division III finisher in a race including NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions.

Classmate Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) also ran a life-time best (19:54.05) to place 43rd.

Senior Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) placed 51st, running 20:01.10, while Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) finished four spots behind in 20:05.56.

Freshman Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) ran a collegiate-best 21:24.99 to place 177th and complete the Panther scoring.

Alabama State won the race with 68 points. The Panthers totaled 234 points to place 10th in the 17-team meet.

Greater Louisville Classic results

The Panthers return to action Friday, Oct. 17th at the #JennaStrong Wilmington Invitational.