Athletics hosts end-of-year awards ceremony

Anna Cornacchione, Enrico Franchini, & Gabby Ritchey standing with awards

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) hosted its annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening, May 24.

For the second consecutive year the SAAB awards were presented in an “ESPY-style” format, with Rob Connett, WORX 96.7 FM radio personality and Hanover athletics public address announcer, as the host and emcee.

The athletic department handed out its annual honors, including the Dean’s and Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) awards. The Dean’s award goes to the team with the highest cumulative grade-point average, while the FAR award goes to the team with the most improved GPA. Women’s soccer won the Dean’s award for the second straight year, while women’s basketball earned the FAR honor.

Earning the Most Outstanding Senior Male and Female awards were Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.).

Franchini, a second team all-HCAC selection, got off to a strong start during the 2016 soccer campaign, recording nine goals and seven assists, over the first 10 games, totaling 25 points. After suffering a severe leg injury, Franchini returned for the final three games of the season, where he scored the game-winning goal against Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament Championship, giving the program its first ever bid into the NCAA National Tournament. He leaves Hanover as one of the top goal scorers in program history. The senior also competed on the track and field squad, where he earned conference honorable mention accolades in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Cornacchione and Hubbard were both named Most Outstanding Female Senior athletes, and rightfully so, after great careers at the College. Cornacchione, a two-time All-American, earned her second national award this season after posting 47 points, 16 goals and 15 assists. She also earned academic All-American honors this year, and became the first player to earn four first team all-region selections. Cornacchione added two HCAC Offensive Player of the Year awards and four first team all-conference selections, as she leaves HC atop the career goal, assist and points leaderboard.

Hubbard’s senior campaign was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, a program first, while also earning the HCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honor. The senior tied for at least a share of the high point scorer in both conference meets this season, earning two all-conference honors, while also leading the team to indoor and outdoor HCAC titles. A two-time academic All-American, Hubbard ranks among the top five in school history in a combined 19 indoor and outdoor events.

The athletic department also handed out its annual Bill Griffin and Mildred E. Lemen Mental Attitude awards Wednesday evening. The Griffin award went to senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) of the cross country and track and field teams, while softball senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) was the selected as the Lemen award winner.

Below is the “End of Year” highlight video that premiered during the awards ceremony.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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