Athletics News
Rushing attack leads football to first win in Theobald era

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team used six rushing touchdowns and 244 yards on the ground to pick up its first win of the season, defeating Anderson 49-25 on the road Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) have now won seven of the last eight meetings with Anderson (1-3, 1-1 HCAC). Head Coach Matthew Theobald recorded his first career coaching victory with the win.

Hanover held a substantial advantage in the ground game, outgaining the Ravens 244-11. For the contest, HC ran a season high 96 total plays, while AU posted just 51. The Blue and Red finished with a 39:27-20:33 time of possession advantage.

Leading the way in the rushing attack was junior Justin Connors (Harrison, Ohio). Connors rushed 27 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. His three rushing scores marked the first time a player scored three touchdowns on the ground since October 31, 2015, when Connors did so against Earlham.

Senior quarterback Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) posted a season high, 199 yards passing, completing 22 of his 39 passes, while adding one throwing touchdown. Gutermuth pitched in a rushing score as well.

Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) saw his first extended action of his career, rushing for 75 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Junior Nate Hein (Tipton, Ind.) scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive week, as his lone rushing attempt went for 40 yards and a score.

Senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) caught his second touchdown of the season, making two catches for 37 yards in the game. Classmate Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.) paced the Panther receivers with six receptions for 49 yards.

The Panthers capitalized on an AU fumble deep in their own territory, as Connors scored his first rushing touchdown at the 7:31 mark of the first quarter. The Panthers used their next drive to go eight plays and 71 yards to take a 14-0 advantage. Hart rushed into the end zone from 18 yards out.

After the Ravens rallied for a touchdown of their own HC responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Gutermuth to Windell, giving the Panthers a 21-7 edge with 12:21 left in the first half.

Hanover scored on its next possession with a three-yard rush from Gutermuth and led 28-17 at halftime.

The lone score of the third quarter came from the Panthers. A six-play, 52-yard drive was capped by a 29-yard rushing touchdown from Connors.

Connors and Hein added rushing scores in the fourth quarter as the Panthers secured their first win in 2016, 49-25.

Sophomore Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the defense in tackles with 6.5. Dauer added 1.5 tackles for loss. Senior Riley Deckard (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble as well.

For the game, Hanover held a 443-384 advantage in total offense. The Panthers also recorded 29 first downs, marking the first time HC has had at least 25 first downs in a game since Nov. 15, 2014, against Franklin.

Hanover will look to win its second consecutive game when they welcome Mount St. Joseph next Saturday, Oct. 1. The Panthers will host the Lions for Homecoming, with a 1:30 p.m. kick off.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Strong second half sends men's soccer over Georgetown

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team scored at least five goals for the third consecutive home match, defeating Georgetown (Ky.) in the process, at home on Saturday, 7-2.

The Panthers (6-2) have now won all three of their home matches, and have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 19-4.

Seniors Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) and Jace Gentil (Wadesville, Ind.) each scored a pair of goals to lead the offensive attack. Eldridge also added an assist for five total points in the contest.

Fellow senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added one score and two assists. Classmate Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) and sophomore Dean Mock (Louisville, Ky.) each pitched in with a score as well.

The Panthers outshot the Tigers 25-8 in the contest, while also holding a 14-4 edge in shots on goal. Gentil lead the team with five shot attempts.

It did not take long for HC to find the back of the net, as Eldridge received a cross from Franchini in the eighth minute, as he put a strike past the GC keeper.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Tigers (2-4-2) scored twice in a span of 2:31, to take a 2-1 lead with just over 25 minutes remaining in the first half.

Gentil scored the equalizer near the end of the opening 45 minutes, as he received an assist from sophomore Michael Dumaine (California, Ky.). The match was tied at 2-apiece at the intermission.

In the second half, Hanover scored two goals over the first 13 minutes to gain control of the contest at 4-2. A Franchini goal in the 50th minute and an Eldridge score in the 58th minute gave the Panthers the advantage. Eldridge and senior Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) recorded the assists.

Cam Childers scored in the 69th minute, while Gentil and Mock added goals in the final 15 minutes to send HC to the 7-2 win.

Hanover has now won two of its last three home matches by a count of 7-2.

The Panthers will stay at home when they welcome Wilmington (Ohio) for a 5 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Panthers drop one, win one in volleyball action

As was the case on day one, the Hanover volleyball team split a pair of matches on day two of the HCAC/OAC Crossover as the Panthers fell 3-1 to Baldwin Wallace, but bounced back to defeat Muskingum 3-1.

Junior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied a team-high 18 kills in the two matches. Fellow junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) had 16 kills and added 6.5 blocks. Sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) posted a team high 44 assists, and junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) notched 47 digs.

In four weekend matches, Huynh finished with 86 total digs and was named to the all-tournament team.

BALDWIN WALLACE

The Panthers opened strong against Baldwin Wallace as they scored the first five points and led by as many as 10 en route to a 25-16 opening set win.

The two teams battled back and forth through 12 ties and five lead changes in the second set. Hanover held a 16-12 lead, but the Yellow Jackets scored six unanswered points to go ahead 18-16. The Panthers regained the lead and were ahead 23-22, but Baldwin Wallace scored the final three points to win 25-23 and tie the match.

The Yellow Jackets controlled set three from start to finish and took a 2-1 lead with a 25-11 win, and would go on to win set four 25-22 for the 3-1 win.

MUSKINGUM

Hanover rebounded in its final match of the weekend with a 25-17 win in the first set against Muskingum. With the score tied at six, the Panthers used a 6-0 run that would propel them to a 1-0 lead.

The second set also went to Hanover. A 10-6 lead by the Panthers evaporated as Fighting Muskies used a 4-0 run to tie the score at 12-12, but Hanover scored six of the next nine points to re-take the lead on the way to a 25-20 win.

The Panthers led as late as 16-14 in the third set, only to see Muskingum rally to win 25-19 and force a fourth set.

The Fighting Muskies appeared to be on their way to sending the match to a fifth set as they were two points away at 23-17, but Hanover scored eight unanswered points to rally for a 25-23 victory to win the match 3-1.

The Panthers, now 10-7, will open its 2016 HCAC season Saturday, October 1 when they host Manchester on Homecoming Weekend. Start time is set for 5 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Three first half goals propel Panthers to 4-2 win over Capital

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HANOVER, Ind. – In a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament first round match, it was the Hanover women’s soccer team coming out on top this time with a 4-2 victory over visiting Capital.

The Panthers, which fell 1-0 to the Crusaders last year, fell behind early as Monique Hanayik gave Capital a 1-0 lead only 20 seconds into the match.

Senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied the score in the eighth minute and then gave Hanover a 2-1 lead in the 24th minute as she scored her team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the year.

It appeared the score would remain that way into halftime, but senior Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) found the back of the net for the first time this year with only three seconds remaining to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the intermission. Cornacchione picked up the assist on the score.

Capital (2-5) cut the lead to 3-2 in the 55th minute, but senior Shelby Adams (Avon, Ind.) scored her first goal of the season in the 70th minute to seal the win. Cornacchione had the assist on the goal to give her sixpoints on the day and 15 for the season.

Although Hanover doubled the Crusaders score, it was Capital that had a 20-16 edge in shots and a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks. Senior keeper Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) earned the win in goal. She stopped eight of the 10 shots she faced as the Panthers remain unbeaten at home through three contests.

Hanover, now 3-4, will play its final non-conference tune-up Wednesday, Sept. 28 with a road match against Spalding. Start time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Hanover earns split on Day One of HCAC/OAC Crossover

HANOVER, Ind. – After defeating Capital (Ohio) in three sets, the Hanover volleyball team fell 3-1 to Ohio Northern to earn a split on day one of the HCAC/OAC Crossover.

Sophomores Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) tied for the team lead in kills on the day as they registered 16 apiece. Dennis also added 17 digs, 4.5 blocks and three aces in the two matches.

Another pair of sophomores, Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.), combined for 71 assists, while junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with 39 digs.

CAPITAL

The Panthers made short work of Capital in the early match. Ahead 8-6, Hanover out-scored the Crusaders 17-7 to win 25-13 and take a 1-0 lead. Set two saw the Panthers break a 2-2 tie and never look back in a 25-18 win for a 2-0 advantage.

The final frame was much like the second. With the score tied at four, Hanover scored six of the next seven points to take a 10-5 lead. Capital cut the lead to three at 14-11, only to see the Panthers use an 8-1 run to pull away and go on for the 25-16 win.

OHIO NORTHERN

Hanover faced another strong opponent in the nightcap as Ohio Northern entered the week just outside the top 25 and receiving votes.

The Panthers trailed for much of the first set, but cut the lead to 18-15. From that point, the Polar Bears scored seven of the final 10 points to take set one 25-18.

The second set was extremely tight. Ohio Northern led by two points at 8-6, which was the largest lead by either team until Hanover scored four unanswered points to take a 16-13 lead. The Panthers would go on to earn the 25-20 win and tie the match at one apiece.

Things were close again in the third set as there were nine ties and two lead changes until Ohio Northern scored four straight points to break a 12-12 tie and go in front 16-12. Hanover was able to pull within three, but would get no closer as the Polar Bears closed out the set for a 25-17 victory and 2-1 lead.

The first four points of the final frame went to Ohio Northern as the Polar Bears jumped out to an early lead. The Panthers rallied to get within one at 10-9, but were out-scored 6-1 over the next seven points to fall behind 16-10. Ohio Northern controlled the remainder of the set and finished the set and match with a 25-19 win.

Hanover will return to action in less than 24 hours to play Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) at noon, and then cap the Crossover with a match against Muskingum (Ohio) at 4 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's golf to compete at Transylvania Invite

HANOVER, Ind. – In its final tune-up before the conference championship, the Hanover women’s golf team will travel to Nicholasville, Ky. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 to participate in the Transylvania (Ky.) Invite at Keene Trace Golf Club.

The Panthers finished fourth out of 12 schools a week ago at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. Five different players finished in the top 20 led by freshman Allison Goodwin’s (Lebanon, Ind.) 10th place finish. Goodwin shot 81-84 in the two-day event for a 165, a team best on the year.

Through three tournaments, freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) leads the team with an 82.5 average per round, followed by Goodwin at 83.0, and senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knob, Ind.) at 85.0 per round.

In addition, Goodwin has posted the low round of the year with an 80 on day two of the Labor Day Tee-Off hosted by Olivet, while Hartlage owns the highest finish by a Panther golfer with a fourth place finish at the Hanover Invitational.

The Panthers will look to set a new team low round this weekend. To do so they will need to better their round of 333, which was also shot at the Hanover Invitational.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's tennis suffers setback against Taylor

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HANOVER, Ind. – Despite taking four singles matches to third set tiebreakers, the Hanover women’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 setback to Taylor (Ind.) at home on Thursday evening.

The Panthers (7-3) dropped both of the top two singles matches in straight sets, but took Nos. 3-6 to a third set, 10-point tiebreaker.

Hanover won the first set in all four, three set singles matches, but the Trojans (7-3) fought all the way back to win each contest. Sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) competed at No. 4 singles, winning the opening frame 6-0, before falling 6-1 in the second set and 10-8 in the decisive third set.

Freshman Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) fell in the third spot, 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8). Sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) and freshman Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) each lost in the fifth and sixth spots respectively in three sets.

The Panthers also dropped two close doubles matches to open the contest. Katzenberger and classmate Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) held a 5-4 advantage in the third doubles spot, but conceded four of the next five games to fall 8-6.

In the second spot, Winternheimer and senior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) trailed throughout, but fought back to tie the match at 7-7. However, the duo dropped the next two games to suffer just their second loss of the season.

Hanover will look to bounce back next Wednesday, Sept. 28, when the team resumes HCAC play at 4 p.m. at Transylvania (Ky.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Panthers play host to Capital in NCAA Tournament rematch

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a week in which the Hanover women’s soccer team played three matches, the Panthers will play only one this week as they host Capital at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Hanover dropped road matches to No. 7 Thomas More (Ky.) and Wittenberg (Ohio) by the same 2-1 score, but bounced back at home with a 3-2 double-overtime win over Sewanee (Tenn.).

Down 2-1 against Sewanee, senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) took a pass from senior Jessie Comorosky (Loveland, Ohio) and found the back of the net with only 42 seconds to play to send the match to overtime. Cornacchione then scored the game-winner in the 97th minute off an assist from freshman Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) for the 3-2 victory.

Through six matches Cornacchione is tied for third in the HCAC in points (9) and is third in goals with four. Senior teammate, and goalkeeper, Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) also ranks fourth in the conference with a 35 saves.

Capital sits at 2-4 on the year after defeating Kenyon on Wednesday night, 3-0. The Crusaders earned their first win of the season with a 5-0 win over Waynesburg last weekend. Senior Becca Cartmill leads the team in points (6), goals (3) and shots on goal (12).

Hanover and Capital have played two common opponents already in Thomas More and Wittenberg. The Panthers fell 2-1 to both teams, while the Crusaders lost 3-0 to Thomas More and 2-1 to the Tigers.

The last time the two teams met was in the opening round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Capital won that match 1-0 on a goal from current junior Chloe Brown in the first half.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Nowicki joins men's basketball staff

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team has added former Panther standout Ryan Nowicki to its coaching staff for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Nowicki, a four-year starter and three-time captain, helped guide the Panthers to an overall record of 68-36 from 2009-2013. The team also went 52-14 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, recording the most wins over a four-year span in the HCAC in program history.

The three-time all-HCAC performer scored over 1,000 points in his career and was named the 2013 Hanover College Male Senior Athlete of the Year.

Nowicki’s coaching experience includes spending the 2015-16 season as a recruiting representative for the men’s basketball team at Hanover.

The former player was also the assistant freshman boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater, Guerin Catholic High School from 2013-2015. During the 2015-16 season, Nowicki was named as the head coach of the freshmen team at Guerin Catholic.

Nowicki has also worked as a college summer camp counselor at five different NCAA Division I institutions including Wisconsin, Iowa State, Creighton, East Carolina, and Butler. He was a camp counselor for Hanover from 2009-2014.

Nowicki graduated from Hanover in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications. He went on to graduate cum laude from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in May of 2016.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Volleyball wins five-set marathon at Thomas More

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CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Hanover volleyball team over .350 as they won a five-set thriller at Thomas More on Wednesday night, 3-2.

The Panthers took the first set 25-16, followed by a 25-18 win in the third set, and capped it off with a 15-11 win in the fifth and decisive set. Hanover dropped the second and fourth frames 25-20 and 25-23 respectively.

Hanover finished the match with a .366 hitting percentage and posted a mark of .300 or better in four of the five sets.

Sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) and junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) each recorded 13 kills. Main posted a team best .524 hitting percentage as well.

Pacing the Panthers with 18 kills was junior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.). Classmate Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) added six and five kills respectively. Dennis also led the team with six blocks.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a team high 37 digs, while sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) logged 37 assists to lead HC.

Adding nine kills and three blocks was junior Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.).

The Panthers led by as many as nine early in the first set, as a kill from Crawford made it 14-5 in favor of HC. The Blue and Red cruised to a first set win of 25-16 with a kill from Brandvik.

It was the Saints that got off to a hot start in the second set, grabbing 11 of the first 15 points. The Panthers could only cut the deficit to as little as four points before falling 25-20.

Hanover closed the third set on a 9-3 run to gain a 2-1 advantage in the match. Brandvik capped the run with a kill to close the set at 25-18.

With a chance to win the match in four frames, the Panthers and Saints were tied at 19-19 before Thomas More won six of the final 10 points to force a final set.

Hanover fell behind early in the last set, but a 5-0 run capped by two kills from Ertel gave the Panthers a 9-7 advantage. Another Brandvik kill capped the set at 15-11.

The Panthers will host the HCAC/OAC crossover this weekend, and will begin play at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, against Capital (Ohio).

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu