Athletics News
Golfers, Shepherd win Transy titles

Hanover College’s women’s golf team placed four in the top nine slots to earn the team title at the Transylvania University (Ky.) Intercollegiate. The 18-hole match was held at the University Club of Kentucky’s Wildcat Course in Lexington, Ky.

Senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) fired a five-over 77 to claim medalist honors by two strokes.
Senior Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) was tied for fifth with an 84 and classmate Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) was just one stroke behind, in eighth place, with an 85.

Junior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) capped Hanover’s scoring with an 87 and finished ninth in the 42-athlete field.

The Panthers totaled 333 strokes to post a four-shot advantage against Midway College (Ky.), which finished second among six schools with a 337. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed third with a 358.

Transylvania (Ky.) Intercollegiate results

Hanover will participate in the Jim English Invitational, Thursday, Sept. 3. The annual event, hosted by Centre College (Ky.), will be played at the Danville Country Club in Danville, Ky.

Panthers snag four-game win at Spalding

Hanover College’s volleyball team tipped off its season with a four-game victory against Spalding University (Ky.) in Louisville, Ky. The Panthers defeated the Golden Eagles 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Senior outside hitter Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) racked up 12 kills and 15 digs to pace the attack. Freshman setter Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) had 16 assists and 10 digs.

Freshman setter Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Panthers (1-0) with 21 assists, while sophomore defensive specialist Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a career-best four service aces.

Hanover @ Spalding (Ky.) statistics

Hanover will compete in the ASICS Invitational Sept. 4-5 in St. Louis, Mo. The Panthers will play four matches in the two-day event, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.).

Tennis opens with comeback win at IUS

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team used victories in five of the six singles matches to rally for a 6-3 triumph in the squad’s season-opener against Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind.

Seniors Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) and Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.), pairing in the No. 3 slot, posted an 8-0 doubles victory to help Hanover avoid a doubles sweep heading into singles play.

Taylor, Poston, junior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) and freshmen Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) each earned singles wins in the Nos. 2-6 slots to cap the decisive rally.

Noble and Poston each survived three-set matches to secure Hanover’s team triumph. Noble edged Indiana Southeast’s Abby Hurtgen, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 at No. 5. Poston bounced back for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win against Anne Marie Mattox at No. 6.

Hanover @ Indiana Southeast results

Hanover will go back to the court Wednesday, Sept. 3, against Brescia University (Ky.) in Owensboro, Ky.

Simpson, Koopman net goals to key shutout

Junior forward Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman forward Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) each scored first-half goals to spark Hanover College’s women’s soccer squad in a 2-0 victory at DePauw University.

Hanover’s defense limited DePauw to just four shots and claimed a 20-4 advantage in attempts at the net. Simpson and junior forward Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) each fired five shots, while senior midfielder Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) had three shots.

Simpson scored off a pass from Cornacchione late in the 26th minute to get the Panthers on the scoreboard. Freshman midfielder Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) fed Koopman’s first career goal with an assist late in the 39th minute.

Senior goalie Morgan Cole (Mason, Ohio) turned away two of the Tigers’ four shots.

Hanover @ DePauw statistics

Hanover will return to action Saturday, Sept. 5, on the road against Kenyon College (Ohio).

Soccer edged in season-opener

Junior goaltender Rafael DiMaio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) posted six saves in his first collegiate start, but Hanover College’s men’s soccer team was edged 1-0 by DePauw University in the season-opener at the Panther Athletic Complex.

DePauw (1-0) scored on a chip shot from point-blank range in the 16th minute of action. The Tigers went on to earn a 14-8 advantage in shots.

Hanover tallied six of its eight attempts at the net in the second period. Junior midfielder Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) had three shots to pace the Panthers’ offensive effort.

Hanover vs. DePauw statistics

Hanover returns to action Sept. 5-6 in the Transylvania University (Ky.) Showcase in Lexington, Ky. The Panthers will face Belhaven College (Miss.) and Berea College (Ky.) in the two-day event.

Men's squad third in cross country poll

The Hanover College men's cross country team has been picked to finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this fall.

Hanover received 77 points in the HCAC's pre-season coaches' poll. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was the unanimous choice to capture the league title, recording 100 points and all 10 first-place votes. Manchester University landed second with 90 points.

The Panthers' first race of the season will be Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational in Shelbyville, Ind. The squad will compete in the Indiana Intercollegiates (Little State) in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, Sept. 18.

The Heartland Conference's championship race will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, in Shelbyville, Ind.

HCAC Cross Country Poll

Rose-Hulman, 100 (10)

Manchester, 90

Hanover, 77

Franklin, 68

Anderson, 59

Bluffton, 58

Defiance, 37

Earlham, 31

Mount St. Joseph, 16

Transylvania, 16

Tennis tabbed for third straight HCAC title

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's nine head coaches have selected Hanover College's women's tennis team to win the league's championship for the third straight season.

The Panthers received 80 points in the conference's pre-season coaches' poll, including eight of the nine first-place votes. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was second in the balloting with 68 points, while Franklin College was third with 64 and claimed one first-place vote.

Hanover opens its fall season Tuesday, Sept. 1, on the road against Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind. The team will make its first home appearance of the season Wednesday, Sept. 9, against Oakland City University at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

The Panthers' Heartland Conference opener will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at home against Rose-Hulman. The HCAC's championship tournament, meanwhile, is set for Oct. 16-17 in Indianapolis, Ind.

HCAC Tennis Poll

Hanover, 80 (8)

Rose-Hulman, 68

Franklin, 64 (1)

Transylvania, 53

Anderson, 44

Manchester, 38

Earlham, 25

Mount St. Joseph, 23

Defiance, 10

Harriers edge field for HCAC's top spot

Hanover College's women's cross country edged Manchester University for the top spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason coaches' poll.

Hanover, the defending league champions, earned 96 points in the coaches' poll, including six first-place votes. Manchester was right behind with 94 points and four of the 10 available first-place votes.

The Panthers open the 2015 season Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational in Shelbyville, Ind. The squad will return to action Friday, Sept. 18, in the Indiana Intercollegiates (Little State) in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Heartland Conference championship meet is slated for Saturday, Oct. 31, in Shelbyville, Ind.

HCAC Cross Country Poll

Hanover, 96 (6)

Manchester, 94 (4)

Franklin, 77

Anderson, 71

Rose-Hulman, 61

Defiance, 44

Bluffton, 42

Earlham, 34

Mount St. Joseph, 17

Transylvania, 14

Former all-HCAC guard joins men’s basketball staff

Former all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference guard Mike Floyd has joined the Hanover College athletic department as an assistant coach with the Panthers’ men’s basketball program.

Floyd, a 2010 graduate of Defiance College (Ohio), comes to Hanover after three seasons as an assistant coach at Piedmont College (Ga.).

While at Defiance, Floyd helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Heartland Conference’s tournament title, and earn a berth in the NCAA III national tournament, in 2010. He also sparked Defiance to the HCAC’s regular-season crown in 2008.

Floyd, the Yellow Jackets’ team captain as a junior and senior, ranked among the nation’s top-25 assist leaders during his final two collegiate seasons. He capped his career ranked second in school history with 501 assists.

In three seasons at Piedmont, Floyd was responsible for academic monitoring, recruiting, scouting, strength and conditioning, and the program’s community service efforts. He also helped resurrect a struggling program.

He joined Piedmont's staff prior to the 2012-13 season, which was eventually cancelled following seven games. He helped jump-start the team's resurgence through recruiting and mentoring. The revamped squad eventually earned a 3.41 grade-point average, posted a nine-win improvement from his first to second season on the bench, and earned numerous individual USA South Conference honors, including the league's rookie of the year last winter.

Floyd received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Defiance in 2010. He earned a master’s of business administration from Piedmont in 2013.

Soccer picked in middle of league pack

Hanover College's men's soccer team has been picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the chase for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's 2015 title. The Panthers earned 63 points to land fifth among 10 teams in a preseason polling of the HCAC's head coaches.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes. Transylvania University (Ky.) was second with 92 points and four of the 10 first-place votes. Anderson University (71) and Franklin College (67) placed just ahead of the Panthers in the poll.

Hanover, 5-10-3 overall last fall, starts its campaign Tuesday, Sept. 1, at home against DePauw University. The Panthers' first league match will be Saturday, Oct. 3, on the road against Bluffton University (Ohio).

HCAC Soccer Poll

Rose-Hulman, 96 (6)

Transylvania, 92 (4)

Anderson, 71

Franklin, 67

Hanover, 63

Earlham, 52

Defiance, 34

Manchester, 26

Bluffton, 25

Mount St. Joseph, 24