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Cornacchione, Schwartz collect HCAC weekly honor

Junior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) have been selected the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s athlete of the week in their respective sports.

Cornacchione was recognized as the conference’s women’s soccer player of the week for the second this time fall. She scored four goals and had one assist to lead Hanover to a pair of HCAC wins last week.

A forward, Cornacchione had an assist on the Panthers’ second goal and later scored twice in a four-minute span to seal the squad’s 7-0 home triumph against Earlham College, Oct. 7. She also netted a goal early in the second half and another goal in the final 10 minutes to spark Hanover’s 3-1 victory at Manchester University, Oct. 10.

Hanover, 8-4 overall, is 3-0 in the league heading into an Oct. 14 match against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The contest will begin at 7 p.m. in Delhi, Ohio.

Schwartz was tabbed the Heartland Conference’s women’s tennis player of the week after recording seven wins during the past week, including five to help Hanover claim three Heartland Conference matches and lock up the league’s regular-season title.

Schwartz earned victories at three different singles positions. She defeated Kaitlin Morgan (6-0, 6-0) at No. 3 to support a 9-0 triumph at Earlham College, Oct. 7. She helped the Panthers beat Anderson University, 6-3, Oct. 10, with a win against Hannah Libler (6-2, 6-0) at No. 4. She also blanked Danielle Vance (6-0, 6-0) at No. 5 to sew up the league title with a 9-0 victory against Defiance College (Ohio), Oct. 11.

In addition, Schwartz picked up a 6-0, 6-0 triumph against Alicia Bedollah in a non-conference victory against Berea College (Ky.), Oct. 11.

In doubles action, Schwartz paired with junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) at No. 1 doubles for an 8-0 win against Earlham’s Jordyn Grimes and Lexi Aligrabes and an 8-3 victory against Defiance’s Hannah Hesterman and Savannah Marquez. She also teamed with sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) to post an 8-2 win at No. 2 against Berea’s Bedollah and Christine Gilbert-Crawford.

Hanover, 12-3 overall, earned the Heartland Conference’s regular-season title with an 8-0 record. The Panthers will be the No. 1 seed in the HCAC’s six-team post-season tournament. The event will be held Oct. 16-18 at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

Golfers win third straight HCAC championship

Hanover College’s women’s golf team earned its third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Panthers posted a 14-stroke victory behind senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.), who captured medalist honors for the second consecutive season.

Hanover totaled 693 strokes (344-349) in the two-day tournament, holding off the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (707) and Franklin College (722) to earn the Panthers’ third consecutive berth in the NCAA III national tournament.

Shepherd, the tournament's most valuable player, won the individual title with a nine-shot victory. She posted a 161 (81-80) to pull away from Rose-Hulman Ashton Foushee (170) and Franklin’s Paige Lundy (171).

Shepherd’s effort marks the fourth year in a row, and fifth time in six seasons, that a Hanover golfer has earned medalist honors at the HCAC finale. Former standout Brooke McKay was the league’s medalist in 2012 and 2103. Molly Burpo grabbed the top spot in 2010.

Sophomore Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) earned a top-five finish for the Panthers. She was fifth overall with a 174 (86-88). Junior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) was eighth after a two-round 178 (87-91). Both players earned all-HCAC honors with the top-eight finishes.

Senior Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) completed Hanover’s scoring with a 184 (90-94) to land 13th. Classmate Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the squad with a 16th-place finish after carding a 187 (97-90).

Head coach Wayne Perry was recognized as the Heartland Conference's coach of the year for the fourth time.

Heartland Conference Championship results

Hanover will compete in the 2016 NCAA III Championship. The event will be played May 10-13, 2016, at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

Tennis secures HCAC crown, handles Berea

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s regular-season title outright with a 9-0 victory against Defiance College (Ohio) at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Hanover completed its HCAC schedule with an 8-0 record. The Panthers (11-3) will be the No. 1 seed in the league’s six-team post-season tournament, which will run Oct. 16-18 at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

Seniors Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) and Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) helped complete a three-match doubles sweep against Defiance with an 8-0 victory at No. 3 against Colby Heeter and Nicole Tank.

Sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and freshman Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) also paired for an 8-0 win, handling the Yellow Jackets’ Haley Kuhlman and Danielle Vance at No. 2. The duo combined for a 7-0 record in conference matches this fall.

Junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) led off Hanover’s six-match singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph against Defiance’s Savannah Marquez at No. 1. Winternheimer, playing in the No. 2 slot, edged Hannah Hesterman 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) improved to a team-best 8-0 in HCAC singles matches with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Vance at No. 5.

Junior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) and Taylor each capped their league slates with 7-0 marks. Noble beat Tank 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4, while Taylor blanked Dava Donaldson at No. 6, 6-0, 6-0.

Defiance fell to 4-12 overall and 1-7 in the Heartland Conference with the loss.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) results

Hanover capped its regular season with an 8-1 victory against Berea College (Ky.) in an early-evening match.

The Panthers picked up two 8-0 victories in doubles action. Poston and Taylor paired to shut out the Mountaineers’ Ashley Ferrell and Ashley Logan. Junior Kelly Gehlbach (Wilmington, Ohio) and freshman Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) blanked Cheyenne Guin and Kristol Whitt.

Poston, playing in the No. 1 slot, fell 8-5 to Berea's Christine Gilbert-Crawford. However, Hanover pulled off five victories at Nos. 2-6 singles with 6-0, 6-0 wins to lock up the season-ending triumph.

Hanover vs. Berea (Ky.) results

The Panthers will open Heartland Conference tournament action, Saturday, Oct. 17, in the semifinals. The squad will face the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology or Transylvania University (Ky.) at 1 p.m. The tournament will be played at West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

Eldridge, Isadore lead soccer to 3-0 victory

Junior forward Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) and Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) each scored and collected an assist to lead the Hanover College men’s soccer team on the road against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Manchester College, 3-0.

Both teams traded shots in the first half without neither team finding the goal. Hanover held a slight 11-8 advantage heading to intermission.

Isadore assisted Eldridge in the 56th minute to break the scoring drought and the Panther offense roared to life, firing 17 total shots in the half.

With the Panthers holding a slim 1-0 lead, Isadore provided a cushion with an unassisted goal, his fourth of the season, at the 77:19 mark.

Sophomore defender Jason Karrel (Crestwood, Ky.) punctuated the Panther scoring off an assist from Eldridge.

Panther goalkeeper Rafael DiMio (Sao Paolo, Brazil) collected three saves as the Panthers improve to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in HCAC play. The shutout is the fourth in a row for DiMaio and the squad's defense.

Hanover out-shot Manchester, 28-8, and didn’t allow a shot on goal in the second half.

Manchester falls to 4-6-2 overall and 1-2 in HCAC play.

Hanover @ Manchester statistics

The Panthers return to action Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio).

Panthers fall in four-quarter battle

Hanover College’s football team battled down to the wire, but lost to Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio), 38-28, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle in Delhi, Ohio.

Hanover trailed 17-14 at halftime, remained within 24-21 after three quarters and trailed just 31-28 midway through the fourth quarter. Mount St. Joseph used touchdown in the final five minutes to secure the league win.

Sophomore running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) posted his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries, including a seven-yard touchdown burst with 4:57 left in the second period.

Freshman quarterback Zachary Donan (New Albany, Ind.) completed 19-of-34 passes for a season-best 225 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Junior receiver Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.) caught a season-high 11 passes for 107 yards, including a 21-yard scoring snag to trim the Lions’ lead to 31-28 with 7:22 left in the contest.

Junior deep threat Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) hauled in two passes for 61 yards, including a 14-yard pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 35 seconds to go in the first quarter.

Junior linebacker Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) piled up 17 tackles, including a career-high 16 solo stops. Junior defensive back Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) had three tackles and snatched his team-leading third and fourth interceptions of the season, one of which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown to keep Hanover within 24-21 early in the third period.

With the loss, Hanover dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the Heartland Conference. Mount St. Joseph raised it record 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the HCAC.

Hanover @ Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will host Anderson University, Saturday, Oct. 17, in a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day game at Alumni Stadium. The contest will kick off at 1:30 p.m. The Panthers will also be accepting donations of shoes for Samaritan’s Feet.

Balance propels four-game win against Defiance

Hanover College’s volleyball team racked up its fourth consecutive league victory, rallying to defeat Defiance College (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match in Collier Arena.

Hanover, now 14-7 overall and 4-0 in the HCAC, beat Defiance 24-26, 25-20, 25-13, 25-10.

Freshman middle hitter Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) matched her season-high with 12 kills and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) added 10 kills to lead the Panthers’ attack.

Freshman setters Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) and Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 42 assists. Alexander posted a season-best 23 assists, while Crump added 19.

Hanover collected nine service aces in the four-set match. Sophomore defensive specialist Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied a career-high five aces to pace the effort.

Huynh, senior outside hitter Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) and senior back row ace Maddie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) combined for 48 digs. Hartman led the trio with 20 digs. Hasewinkel, who also had six kills and three block assists, added 17 digs. Huynh chipped in 11 digs.

Crawford and sophomore outside hitter Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) led the front-line defense. Crawford had a solo block and five block assists. Ertel tallied six block assists.

With the loss, Defiance fell to 6-16 overall and 1-2 in the Heartland Conference.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will cap a three-match home stand against Earlham College, Wednesday, Oct. 14. The HCAC match will tip off at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Late surge lifts Panthers at Manchester

Juniors Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) each had timely goals to secure a 3-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory against Manchester University. The HCAC match was held in North Manchester, Ind.

Despite out-shooting the Spartans 16-2 in the first period, the Panthers were unable to crack the scoring column before the intermission.

A pass from freshman Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) to Cornacchione quickly broke the scoring drought just 3:48 into the second half.

Hanover continued to control the offensive tempo until Maranda Birmingham evened the score at 1-1, netting Manchester’s only shot for the period at the 57:12 mark.

The Panthers continued with a barrage of shots, totaling 22 in the second half, before Cornacchione’s second goal secured the win in 81st minute.

Senior midfielder Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected the assist on Cornacchione’s goal.

Simpson put the game out of reach at the 83:43 mark, converting a pass from junior forward Chandler Turner (Indianapolis, Ind.) to notch her ninth goal of the season.

The game marks Cornacchione’s 13th career multi-goal match and raises her season total to 11 goals.

The Panthers improve to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in Heartland Conference play, while the Spartans fall to 3-7-1 and 1-1-1 in the Heartland.

Hanover out-shot Manchester 38-3 and enjoyed a 11-2 corner kick advantage.

Hanover @ Manchester statistics

Hanover will face Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio), Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Delhi, Ohio. The Heartland Conference is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Tennis clinches share of HCAC title

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-3 victory at Anderson University.

The win snaps Anderson’s six-game winning streak and clinches at least a share of the regular-season Heartland Conference title.

In a hard-fought match, the Panthers collected two doubles wins and four in singles play.

Freshman Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) paired for an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles, defeating Anderson's Mandy Meserve and Hannah Libler.

Playing No. 3 doubles, senior Alex Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) and junior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) topped Abby Kirkman and Megan Moriarty 8-5.

Junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) defeated the Ravens' Ashlan Millikan 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Tori Schwartz topped Libler 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

Noble swept Kirman 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 spot and Taylor defeated Sarah Starshak 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.

The Panthers improve to 10-3 overall and 7-0 in Heartland Conference play. Anderson, meanwhile, dips to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the league.

Hanover @ Anderson results

After a two-match road trip, Hanover will host a three-way match with Berea College (Ky.) and HCAC-foe Defiance College (Ohio), Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Hanover falls in non-league tilt at Taylor

Hanover College’s women’s tennis squad lost to Taylor University, 7-2, in a non-conference match in Upland, Ind.

Senior Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) and sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) each posted singles victories for Hanover, which slipped to 9-3 overall with the setback.

After dropping the first set, Taylor bounced back to defeat Taylor’s Corinne Hoffman 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Feeley handled Annika Zeilstra 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6.

Taylor, closing its season with a 9-5 match, opened the match with three doubles wins against the Panthers.

Feeley, paired with freshman Susan Winterheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) at No. 2, fell to the Trojans’ Betsy Jones and Rachel Kammer, 8-4. Junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) lost at No. 1 to Katherine Marquez and Taelor Grose, 8-3.

Hanover @ Taylor results

Hanover steps back into Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, Saturday, Oct. 10, against Anderson University. The match will start at noon in Anderson, Ind.

Heartland Conference featured at NCAA headquarters

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference was recently approached by the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis to be the featured conference in the venue’s “Membership Showcase.”

The Hall of Champions is a sports museum that features great exhibits about the history of the NCAA and collegiate athletics in its building right in front of NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The NCAA decided to focus on Division III for the current showcase. The organization thought the HCAC was a great fit since the conference has several Indiana member schools so the local community would be familiar with its institutions. Along with the locality of the conference, the NCAA staff members thought the HCAC has a wonderful story to tell and would be a terrific conference to highlight.

“We look forward to our membership showcase spotlighting the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Hall of Champions this fall,” said Kelly Dodds, assistant director of the NCAA Hall of Champions. “The HCAC has a connection to Indiana with its member schools so we want to inform the public of the great things happening in the conference and give attention to some interesting things happening in Division III too.”

Under a banner headline that notes "NCAA Student-Athletes Making a Difference", the story of the history of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as well as its pioneering relationships with Samaritan’s Feet International and Special Olympics is told to the visitors.

All of the HCAC institutions, from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, have a chance to show visitors what they are all about. The entire display is enormous, as it covers several walls, filling up a gigantic portion of the Hall of Champion's second floor.

The school exhibits feature a description of the institution as well as a unique story about each school’s athletic program. Anderson University reminds us of former Harlem Globetrotter “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson and former Brooklyn/L.A. Dodger Carl Erskine. Defiance tells the story of former Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions star Ben Davis. Earlham features the story of NBA head coach Del Harris, who honed his skills as Earlham’s men’s basketball coach from 1965-1974. Manchester reminds us where former Indiana University standout and current UCLA men’s basketball head coach Steve Alford got his coaching start as he led the Spartans to a NCAA runner-up finish in 1995. Mount St. Joseph showcases the inspiration Lauren Hill provided the nation as she raised more than $1.5 million in her quest of playing collegiate basketball while being diagnosed with DIPG. Rose-Hulman highlights current president of Penske Racing, Tim Cindric, who was a standout basketball player for the Engineers. Others featured includes Bluffton football player Tyson Goins, Franklin’s national champion Anna Murdock, Hanover’s Dr. Thom Mayer, and Transylvania’s women’s basketball standout, Tari Young.

"Hopefully for those who view our display they will come to understand and appreciate the value our member institutions place on intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the overall educational experience for our student-athletes,” stated HCAC Commissioner, Chris Ragsdale. "As a member of Division III we are very proud of the many accomplishments and achievement of our student-athletes both academically and athletically.”

The “Membership Showcase” has been part of the NCAA Hall of Champions since 2009 and changes every three to four months. It is a way to spotlight NCAA member schools while educating visitors about all the positive things that are happening at the campus, conference and Association levels.

The HCAC display will be featured at the NCAA Hall of Champions from now until the end of January.

Courtesy: Ryan Davis, Heartland Conference