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


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.

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 five points on the day and 14 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

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.


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.


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

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

Women's tennis suffers setback against Taylor


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

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

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

Volleyball wins five-set marathon at Thomas More


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

Men's soccer shuts out Berea at home


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team used four first half goals to cruise past Berea on Wednesday evening, 5-0.

The Panthers improve to 5-2 overall this season, and are 2-0 at home. Hanover has now won its two home matches by a combined score of 12-2.

Senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) each recorded two goals on two shot attempts apiece. Franchini also added one assist as he has now recorded five points in two of the past three matches.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored his fifth goal of the season, while juniors Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.) and Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) each logged their first assists in 2016.

Hanover dominated possession of the ball, outshooting the Mountaineers 25-4 in the contest, while holding a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Blue and Red also took 12 corner kicks to Berea’s two.

In net, senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded one save over the first 87 minutes to pick up his fifth win of the season. Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) finished out the match in goal, as HC recorded its third shutout of the season.

Hanover used a 15-minute spurt, spanning the 11th minute to the 26th minute, to score all four of its first half goals. Franchini picked up the first score of the match as he received a pass from Keeney at the top of the box, beating the keeper from left to right.

At the 14:31 mark, Barnes scored his first goal of the match off an assist from Franchini. Four minutes later Eldridge made it 3-0 in favor of HC. Doering lobbed the ball into the scoring box from 35 yards out, and Eldridge received the pass and volleyed his shot of the keepers left hand and into the back of the net.

In the 26th minute, Franchini caused a turnover near the HC attacking box, and beat the keeper one-on-one, making it 4-0 Hanover.

Barnes added his second goal of the match in the second half with a line drive shot which deflected off an opposing player and into the net. The Blue and Red allowed just one shot attempt in the second half.

A total of 33 players appeared in the contest for the Panthers.

Hanover will look to stay unbeaten at home when they welcome Georgetown (Ky.) for a 3:30 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers sweep past Mount St. Joseph for 30th straight HCAC win


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team won its 30th consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season match, sweeping past Mount St. Joseph at home on Wednesday evening, 9-0.

The Panthers improve to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the HCAC with the win. The loss drops MSJ to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

Hanover started the match by taking all three doubles matches. Freshman Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) took the top spot by a count of 8-3. Farrell and Schwartz improved to 3-1 in HCAC doubles matches.

Staying unbeaten in conference doubles play this season was senior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) as they won at No. 2, 8-0.

Freshmen Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) took the third slot 8-1, improving to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in HCAC doubles action.

In singles action, the Panthers dropped just two games combined in the second through sixth spots. Winternheimer won the first set 6-0, and was up 1-0 in the second set before her opponent retired.

Recording straight set 6-0, 6-0 victories were Jones and Farrell in the second and fourth spots respectively.

Katzenberger won the fifth spot 6-0, 6-1, while senior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) won by the same score at No. 6 to improve to 3-0 in HCAC singles matches.

Spicer added a straight set victory in the top spot, 6-4, 6-1 to seal the 9-0 victory for HC.

Hanover will take a break from conference play when they host Taylor (Ind.) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Football treks to Anderson this weekend


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will be searching for its first win of the 2016 season when they travel to face Anderson in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) will look to repeat last season’s result against the Ravens (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) when the game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Hanover defeated Anderson a year ago, 28-21, with the game-winning touchdown coming with just seven seconds remaining.

Trailing by one point with just over a minute to play, the Panthers drove down the field and senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Donan (New Albany, Ind.) to take the lead.

Windell caught his first touchdown pass of 2016 against Rose-Hulman a week ago, as he leads the team in receiving yards with 94. The senior is closing in on a few milestones as he nears 100 career catches and 2,000 career receiving yards.

Joining Windell on the outside this season has been a pair of freshmen in Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) and Taylor Bleistein (Wesley Chapel, Fla.). In his first collegiate start last week, Daugherty paced the Panthers with 52 receiving yards on three catches. He has seven catches for 74 yards through the first three games.

Bleistein has appeared in all three contests this season and is second on the squad in both receptions, 10, and yards, 74. The freshman is also the team’s top kick returner, as his 61.0 all-purpose yards per game is second best on the team.

Hanover has not only utilized its talent in the passing game, but the team relied on its ground attack last week, posting 45 carries for 174 yards. The 45 attempts are tied for second most of any team in the HCAC this season, as the Blue and Red posted an average of nearly four yards per carry.

Leading the charge in the backfield is junior Justin Connors (Harrison, Ohio). Connors recorded 20 carries for 61 yards to lead HC against RHIT. The junior has 177 rushing yards through three weeks, and his 59.0 rushing yards per game is fourth best in the HCAC. Connors has also added a pass catching ability to his game, as his 77.3 all-purpose yards per game is fourth best in the conference.

Defensively, senior Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) continues to climb to the career leaderboard among active players in NCAA Division III. Martin has made 195 stops in his career, ranking 59th among active players nationally. The senior’s career tackles per game count of 7.22 has also moved him up to 42nd in Division III. Martin is leading the HCAC with 32 tackles this season, and his 10.7 stops per game is among the top 50 in the country.

Junior Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) is coming off his best performance of the season a week ago, where he tied for the team high with 8.5 tackles. Aldridge also added a tackle for loss and his lone forced fumble this season against RHIT.


Anderson will enter Saturday with a 1-2 overall record, and a 1-0 mark in the HCAC after picking up a 31-14 road victory at Earlham last weekend. The Ravens are 0-1 at home this season after recording a 2-3 mark at Macholtz Stadium in 2015.

The Ravens will rely on sophomore Demond Roberson-Miller and freshman Niquille Bell to carry the load for the rushing attack as both are averaging over 50 yards per game. Roberson-Miller leads the team with 168 rushing yards and has two touchdowns. Bell has added 159 yards on the ground.

Freshman quarterback Triston Anderson leads the team in passing yards with 409, as he has completed 38-of-65 attempts for three touchdowns and three interceptions. Classmate Joe Everett has been on the receiving end of most of Anderson’s passes, with nine catches for 138 yards.

Defensively, Alec Monte and Jeremy Gonzalez are averaging 9.7 and 8.7 tackles per game respectively. Monte has two pass break-ups in the secondary, while Gonzalez has two tackles for loss.

Contact: Tyler Jester