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Men's cross country looks to continue recent success at HCAC Championship


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s cross country team will look to improve on back-to-back third place finishes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, when they host the league meet for the first time since 2007 this Saturday.

The men’s race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. at the cross country course located on the Panther Athletic Complex. All 10 conference schools will be competing this weekend. The Blue and Red will be in search of its first conference championship since the 1977 campaign.

Hanover placed third overall last season, recording three finishes inside the top 25. Sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) is the top returner for HC this weekend, as he placed 25th a season ago, with a time of 27:44.4.

The sophomore has been the Panthers’ top runner the past three meets, after finishing second best over the opening two races of 2016. Hedrick finished second in the first race of the season at the Grizzly Sodexo Invite, and added a third place finish at the Hanover Invitational with a time of 27:52.2.

Last time out, Hedrick performed a personal best time of 25:48, as his 23rd place finish in the field of 400 runners, moved him into 12th all-time at HC.

The 2016 Harriers’ season has been highlighted by their first team victory since the 1998 campaign, as the team won its opening two events of the season, including the Hanover Invitational. The Panthers defeated four other schools in their home meet earlier this year.

Seniors Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) and Jake Hally (Indianapolis, Ind.) will be competing in their final HCAC championship this Saturday, as both recorded top 60 finishes a season ago.

Freshman Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) is coming off a personal best performance at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic. Veach’s time of 26:14.8 placed his in the top 25 percent of runners, and was just outside the top 20 times all-time in program history.


The Ravens placed fourth at the 2015 HCAC championship, and were led by Jona Odell, who is back for his sophomore season. Odell ran last season’s championship in 27:15.6, as he was named to the HCAC honorable mention team. Anderson has finished first as a team in two events this season.


Senior Jack Fisher is the top returner for the Beavers as finished 16th a year ago, en route to being named to the HCAC honorable mention squad. Fisher placed fourth at the Hanover Invitational earlier this season with a time of 28:03.2. Bluffton placed third in the field of six teams at the HC Invite.


The Yellow Jackets were led by Jacob Rindler last time out, as he posted a time of 29.14.5. Of the returners for DC, senior Zach Roush ran the best time at last season’s league meet, placing 43rd.


Senior Gabriel Penk is coming off a career best time of 26:13.4 at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic, as he placed 41st overall. Junior Yuvraj Bisht ran the fastest of any returners in the 2015 HCAC Championship at 37:15.7.


As a team, the Grizzlies have posted two top four finishes this season, but lost their top five finishers from the 2015 HCAC championship. Franklin has been led in every meet this season by freshman Clayton Brumfield and senior Evan Vernon.


The Spartans placed second as a team in the 2015 championship, and return a pair of all-conference performers in Alex Gudeman and Connor Bresnahan. Gudeman finished 13th at the HCAC meet last season, and has the top competitive time on the HC course this season, running it 27:43.3. The Spartans placed second at the HC Invite. Bresnahan finished second overall at last season’s conference meet, and fifth at HC earlier this year.


The Lions also competed at the HC Invite earlier this fall, placing sixth as a team. Mount St. Joseph was led by Chad Mason, who placed 35th overall, with a time of 33:20.7. Mason finished in 51st place in the 2015 conference meet. Kevin Polking finished right behind Mason at the HC Invite, with a time of 33:27.6.


The Fightin’ Engineers will be searching for their third consecutive conference championship this season as they return four all-conference selections for this season’s event. Matt Hill was crowned the conference’s top runner last season, finishing first. Alton Anspaugh, who placed 11th last season joins Hill as the two runners with sub-26 times in the eight-kilometer distance for RHIT this season. The team has two second place and one third place finish this season.


The Pioneers competed at the HC Invite earlier this season, finishing fifth in the field of six teams. Freshman Charlie Jordan led the was at that meet for TU, placing 25th with a time of 31:09.9. Jordan is coming off his best run of the season at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic, where he ran the fourth fastest time in program history at 27:55.0.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women harriers look to win HCAC Championship on home course


HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time since 2007, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship will take place on the campus of Hanover College Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Hanover women posted a pair of top five finishes this season, including a third place finish at the Hanover Invitational on the same course as this week’s meet.

Senior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) ran the best time by a Panther runner that weekend as she finished the 6k race in 26:33.9 to finish 19th overall. Freshman Julianna Delano (Greencastle, Ind.) finished three spots behind Trachtman in 22nd place with a time of 26:51.7.

The Panthers last competed in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College on October 14. In that race, Hanover placed 13th overall out of 38 schools and finished ahead of HCAC foes Anderson, Earlham, Transylvania, Mount St. Joseph and Defiance. Senior Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) paced the Panthers with a 79th place finish in 20:01.5 on the 5k course.

In five meets this year, three have taken place on 6k courses. The best 6k time by a Hanover runner this year came at the Louisville Classic by Dean. The senior ran a time of 24:43.4 to place 140th overall out of 368 competitors.

After winning the conference meet in 2013 and 2014, the Panthers finished second at last year’s race with four runners in the top 15. Trachtman had the best time by a returner. She placed 13th overall in 24:17.5.

The current course record was set in 2003 by Wartburg’s Missy Buttry in 20.00.2. That race was the NCAA Division III National Championships hosted by Hanover. Of the top 40 6k times run on the course, all 40 have come at one of the three National Championships hosted by Hanover in 2003, 2008 and 2013.


In five events this fall, Anderson did not run in a 6k event. The Ravens placed fifth in last year’s conference championship. Sophomore Sarah Repp is the highest returning runner from that meet. She placed 17th overall with a time of 24:26.2.


Bluffton finished second at the Hanover Invitational with three runners in the top 10. Freshmen Haylee Zigan and Alexis Cash placed 8th and 9th overall. Zigan ran a time of 25:47.7, while Cash crossed the line in 25:49.5. The Beavers place third in last year’s HCAC Championships. Senior Anna Hairston was 10th in that meet in 23:47.0.


Defiance ran in two 6k races this fall. Junior Aaron Textor led the Yellow Jackets in both meets. Her best time came at the All-Ohio Championships where she placed 93rd overall in 25:55.2. Defiance was 10th at last year’s conference meet. Textor had the best individual time in that meet among returners. She was 71st with a time of 27:48.1.


Earlham, like Anderson, did not compete in a 6k meet this fall. The Quakers finished ninth in last year’s HCAC Championships. Junior Mia Kaplan is Earlham’s top returner from that meet. She placed 51st overall with a time of 26:22.2.


Franklin ran in two 6k meet this year. Freshman Brooke Wagner ran the team’s best 6k time (24:57.9) at the Louisville Classic. Franklin finished in fourth in last year’s conference meet. Sophomore Meghan Yencer had the best finish among returners. She crossed the line in 25:14.7 to finish 30th overall.


Manchester won the Hanover Invitational earlier this fall. The Spartans had five runners finish in the top ten led by senior Mariah Jordan in 24:31.1. Fellow senior Tiffany Harber was second in 24:45.6. Manchester is the reigning conference team champion and Jordan is the reigning individual champion. Jordan won last year’s meet in 22:14.7, while Harber was sixth in 23:06.4.


Mount St. Joseph placed sixth as a team at the Hanover Invitational. Sophomore Maria Waters paced the Lions with a 16th place finish with a time of 26:26.8. In last year’s meet, Mount St. Joseph was seventh. Sophomore Maria Waters returns as the team’s top finisher from that meet. She ran a time of 25:12.0 to place 28th.


Rose-Hulman competed in one 6k event leading up to the conference meet. Freshman Mary Petersen was the team’s top finisher with a time of 23:34.2, good for sixth place at the Principia Cowbell Invitational. In last year’s championship, the Fighting Engineers were sixth. Junior Camille Blaisdell placed 16th with a time of 24:26.1.


Transylvania tied Kentucky Wesleyan for fourth at the Hanover Invitational. Sophomore Rebecca Facktor and junior Elizabeth Deaton led the way for the Pioneers. Facktor was 23rd with a time of 27:07.8, and Deaton two spots behind in 25th in 27:16.1. Transylvania finished eighth in last year’s meet, and Facktor was the team’s top runner. She finished 23rd with a time of 24:55.5.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers log clean sheet in win at MSJ


CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover men’s soccer team needed just one goal as they picked up their fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory, defeating Mount St. Joseph on the road Wednesday evening, 1-0.

Hanover (14-4, 7-1 HCAC) received a shutout from senior goalkeeper Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who was called on for just one save on eight MSJ (9-5-3, 4-3-1 HCAC) shots.

Junior Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.) scored the lone goal of the match in the 63rd minute off a corner kick from classmate Zach Barnes (Lexington, Ky.).

Each side recorded eight shots in the match, with HC posting a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal. Keeney led the team with three shot attempts.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) also logged multiple shot attempts for HC.

The Panthers, who were ranked fifth in the NCAA Great Lakes Region earlier in the day and seventh in the NSCAA Great Lakes region on Tuesday, have now won four consecutive matches and 10 of their last 11 overall.

Hanover will welcome Rose-Hulman for Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 29. The 3:30 p.m. match will be the final contest of the regular season, and a win from the Panthers can earn them a share of the regular season championship with Rose-Hulman, while also giving HC the top seed in next week’s HCAC Tournament.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's soccer picks up sixth straight shutout, defeat MSJ 6-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s soccer team picked up its sixth consecutive shutout, defeating Mount St. Joseph in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday afternoon, 6-0.

Both the Panthers (10-5, 7-1 HCAC) and Lions (10-6-1, 6-2 HCAC) came into Wednesday part of a four-way tie for first in the conference.

Hanover has now outscored its opponents 43-0 over the six match winning streak.

For the match, the Blue and Red outshot MSJ 30-4, while holding a 20-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a team high five points, scoring two goals and adding one assist. Sophomore Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) also logged two goals for HC.

Pitching in with one goal apiece were seniors Shelby Adams (Avon, Ind.) and Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.).

With two assists, sophomore Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) led the team, while senior Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.) added one helper.

Simpson scored her fifth goal of the season in the sixth minute. She received a pass from Cornacchione, and ripped in a shot from 10 yards out.

The second HC goal came Cornacchione, who dribbled across the attack box on the left, and fired a shot into the back of the net from 18 yards out. The Panthers led 2-0 at the 38:03 mark of the opening half.

With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Hawkins scored her first goal of the match off a pass from Ellis.

Hanover led 3-0 at the intermission. The Panthers held a 13-2 edge in first half shot attempts.

In the 54th minute, Cornaccachione hit the crossbar from 25 yards out, as the ball crossed the goal line and counted as HC’s fourth goal of the game.

Adams scored in the 70th minute, while Hawkins added her second score of the contest in the 87th minute. Tumlin and Ellis picked up the assists on the final two scores.

Hanover will face Rose-Hulman for Senior Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Fightin’ Engineers also entered Wednesday tied for first in the HCAC.

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Football welcomes Defiance for Senior Day

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Men's hoops predicted for a third place finish in HCAC


GREENWOOD, Ind. – As the 2016-17 men’s basketball season approaches, Hanover has been picked by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference coaches to finish third in the league this year.

The Panthers received one first place vote, and a total of 73 points in the preseason poll. Mount St. Joseph, 2015-16 co-regular season and tournament champions, picked up six first place votes en route to 93 points, as they have been picked to win the HCAC. The second place team was Transylvania with 74 points and one first place vote.

Manchester also received one first place vote as their 66 points were good enough for fourth in the poll. Rounding out the top half of the conference was Rose-Hulman with 60 points.

The remainder of the conference field was predicted as followed, Anderson (54), Defiance (53), Franklin (37), Bluffton (23), and Earlham (17). The final first place vote went to Defiance.

This is the eighth consecutive season that HC has been predicted to finish among the top four in the conference, and the second straight season the team has been picked third.

Under head coach Jon Miller, who is entering his ninth season at the helm for HC, the Panthers have finished no worse than sixth in the regular season conference standings, as the team has also appeared in the HCAC tournament every year.

The preseason prognosis for the Panthers, under Miller, shows that the preseason conference ranking has been fairly accurate, with the team finishing no worse than two spots below or no better than one spot above in the final regular season standings in seven of the eight years.

Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Hanover has compiled a 124-86 overall record, and a 93-47 mark in the HCAC, as the team has appeared in the conference championship game on three separate occasions, and the HCAC semifinal round in all but two years.

Hanover finished the 2015-16 season with a 14-12 overall mark, as its 12-6 record in the HCAC was good enough to tie for third. The Panthers however, fell in the opening round of the conference tournament to Transylvania.

The Blue and Red return one all-conference selection from last season in junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). The 2014-15 HCAC Freshman of the Year averaged 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game a year ago. Classmate Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) was HC’s all-sportsmanship selection for the conference a last year as well.

Hanover will open the regular season at home, when they welcome Boyce (Ky.) for a 7:30 p.m. contest inside Collier Arena.

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Volleyball sets program record with 12th consecutive win


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team set a new program record for most consecutive wins in a season, as they picked up their 12th straight overall, with a 3-1 victory over Transylvania on Tuesday evening.

Hanover (22-7, 7-0 HCAC) had tied the previous mark, which was set in 2015, with a win over Anderson last Saturday. With the win, the Panthers also clinched a top three seed in the HCAC Tournament next week.

The Blue and Red are currently second in the HCAC, as Bluffton sits at 8-0, while Defiance is 4-2 prior to their match on Wednesday. Hanover will face both schools this weekend.

Hanover totaled a new season high with 19.0 total team blocks, and were led by sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.), who posted 11 rejections in the contest, the most of any HC player in a single game this season. Dennis also added nine digs and five kills.

The sophomore was not alone in the block party, as juniors Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) each added eight blocks. Offensively, Ertel logged 10 kills, while Crawford pitched in with three.

Leading the team with 14 kills was junior Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.). With a team high 25 assists, sophomore Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded the second most helpers in a four set match, for HC this season.

Reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.), paced the Panthers with 33 digs, while she and sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) each logged a team high two service aces.

Despite only hitting .101, the Blue and Red continued its strong stretch of defense, as they held TU to a .069 hitting percentage. The match marked the eighth time in the last nine matches that HC has held its opponent under .100.

In the opening set, Hanover got off to a hot start, as a kill from Crawford made it 10-3 in favor of the Panthers. After and 8-1 run by the Pioneers however, the set was tied at 11-all.

The two sides traded points for the remainder of the set until an ace from Alexander and a block by Crawford and Main gave HC a 22-20 advantage. The Blue and Red would hold on for the 25-23 opening frame victory.

The second set was controlled by TU early, as they opened the set on a 6-1 run, forcing a Hanover timeout. The Panthers responded with a 6-1 run of their own to tie the set at 7-7.

With the frame tied at 15-all, the Panthers used a 3-0 run, capped by a Huynh ace, to go in front 18-15. The two sides would continue to concede points to one another, as a kill from Dennis made it 26-25 in favor of HC. The Pioneers however, scored the final three points of the set to win 28-26.

Transylvania led by as many as six points in the third set, and were leading 18-13 before an offensive explosion for HC occurred. The Panthers would go on a 10-2 run to take a 23-20 advantage. A kill from Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.), who finished the match with 10 of her own, secured the third frame for HC, 26-24.

The fourth and final set was controlled by Hanover from the start. After leading by two points early in the frame, the Panthers blew the set open with an 11-3 run, going in front 15-5. The Blue and Red led by as many as 12 in the set, before closing the match with a 25-15 set victory.

Hanover is now set for a showdown of unbeaten conference teams at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the Panthers travel to Bluffton.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's basketball picked to finish fifth in the HCAC


GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fifth this season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by the league’s head coaches.

Hanover is coming off a 2015-16 season which saw the team go 9-16 overall and 5-13 in the HCAC. Last year marked the first time since the 2006-07 campaign that HC did not appear in the conference tournament.

During the Panthers’ historic run, the team not only appeared in the conference tournament, but also made it to the HCAC Championship round in every season from 2008-2015, including three finals victories.

The Panthers picked up 55 points in the coaches poll this season. Rose-Hulman was named the unanimous first place team, earning all 10 first place votes, totaling 100 points. The 2015-16 regular season and tournament champion, Bluffton, came in the second slot with 86 points. Rounding out the top three was Transylvania with 80 points.

Franklin comes in the fourth slot with 68 points. The rest of the field includes Defiance (52), Mount St. Joseph (39), Manchester (31), Earlham (23), and Anderson (17).

Hanover has been a mainstay in the top half of the conference, as they have been picked to finish in the top five for the eighth consecutive season. This however, is the lowest the Blue and Red have been picked since the 2009-10 season.

Over the past eight seasons, the Panthers hold an 89-35 record in conference games, a .718 winning percentage.

Head coach John Jones is back for his second season at the helm for HC, as he is entering his 14th season overall on the Panther bench.

Jones will have a younger team this year, as there are no seniors on the roster, but he does bring back six players from last season’s squad. Hanover has one all-conference selection returning in junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.), who was a second team pick last season.

Hanover’s preparation for the upcoming season will be highlighted with a trip to Butler for an exhibition contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Panthers open the regular season at the Washington (Mo.) McWilliams Classic against the Bears, who finished last season ranked seventh in the nation, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

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HCAC regular season title on the line this week for men's soccer


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team will attempt to win its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season championship this week with a road contest against Mount St. Joseph Wednesday and a home tilt against Rose-Hulman Saturday.

The Panthers currently sit in second place at 6-1 and with two wins this week would secure the top seed and host at least a semifinal match in the HCAC Tournament.

Hanover has won three straight and nine of its last ten, with the only defeat coming in a 1-0 loss to Transylvania. In its two matches last week, the Panthers blanked Earlham 2-0 and defeated Defiance 5-1 to set a new school single-season record for wins in a season with 13.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) had a big week and was named the HCAC Player of the Week. Eldridge scored one of the two goals against Earlham and then added a hat trick with a trio of scores against Defiance to give him 12 goals this year. That puts him atop the HCAC leaders in goals and ties him for the league lead with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in total points with 25.

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) recorded his third shutout in as many starts in the weather-shortened 2-0 win over Earlham. He made three saves in the win and then added 7:12 of scoreless soccer against Defiance as senior Rafael Di Maio (Sa Paulo, Brazil) returned from injury to earn his 10th win of the season.

The road to a second HCAC title will not be an easy one as the Panthers will first travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 25 to play Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 7 p.m. The Lions are currently fourth in the league with a 9-4-3 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the HCAC.

Mount St. Joseph had dropped a pair of 2-0 contests to Rose-Hulman and Franklin before a 3-1 win over Manchester Saturday.

The Lions’ Teddy Kerr has been one of the top players in the league this year. The junior is second in the HCAC with 11 goals and third in points with 23. Fellow junior Will Schwing is 6-2 in goal for Mount St. Joseph and has allowed a 1.15 goals against average with 35 saves.

In the last six meetings between the two teams, Hanover has won four times, including a 3-1 win last year and a 4-0 win in 2014. The Lions last won in 2013 in a 1-0 contest.

Hanover will then host conference leader Rose-Hulman in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. The Fighting Engineers have shared the regular season championship in each of the last two years and enter the week with an 11-5 overall record and 7-0 mark in league play.

Rose-Hulman has had a streaky season. The Fighting Engineers opened the season with four straight wins, followed by five consecutive losses. Since then, they have won seven straight by a combined score of 21-1, including a 2-0 win over Mount St. Joseph and a 6-0 win over Bluffton last week.

Four different players have registered double-digit point totals led by junior Austin Webb’s 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Senior Dieter Schultz leads the HCAC with 10 assists and has 16 points in 16 matches. Rose-Hulman has gotten solid play from a pair of junior goalkeepers. Michael Lawrence is 7-2 with a 0.71 goals against average and 21 saves, while Carter Wright is 4-3 with a 0.62 goals against average and 39 stops.

The Fighting Engineers will host Franklin Wednesday prior to a potential winner-take-all match-up against the Panthers on Saturday.

One goal has separated the last five contests between Rose-Hulman and Hanover. The two teams met twice last year. They tied 2-2 in the regular season and then tied after regulation and two overtime periods in the conference tournament championship match, but the Fighting Engineers claimed the tournament championship on penalty kicks. Rose-Hulman won 1-0 in 2014 and the two teams tied 0-0 in 2013.

Saturday’s contest is also Senior Day for Hanover. The Panthers will honor their 12 seniors in their final regular season home match of their career.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Big week on tap for women's soccer

HANOVER, Ind. – With four teams tied for first going into the final week of regular season play, the Hanover women’s soccer team will look to win its fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season championship this week.

The Panthers, 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the HCAC, will host two of the other three teams tied for first. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) will come to town Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. start, and then Rose-Hulman will visit for a 1 p.m. match in the regular season finale for both teams.

Hanover has dominated in its last five matches. The Panthers defeated Earlham 7-0 and Defiance 10-0 last week in a pair of road contests, and have now out-scored their opponents 37-0 in their last five matches.

Ten different players scored at least one goal last week, led by senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio). Cornacchione scored five of the team’s 17 goals and assisted on two others. She now has 14 goals and 39 points on the year, both good for second in the HCAC.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.), and sophomore Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) scored two goals apiece with Simpson and Tumlin also adding an assist.

Senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) earned her fifth shutout in goal against Earlham and then teamed up with freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) for the win over Defiance. VanDerWeele has now made 56 saves and owns a 1.47 goals against averaged in 14 matches.

The week will begin Wednesday against Mount St. Joseph. The Lions will bring a 10-5-1 overall record and 6-1 league mark to Hanover. Mount St. Joseph split a pair of matches last week, but has won six of its last seven contests. That lone defeat came in a 2-1 loss to Rose-Hulman last Thursday.

Freshman Kaylan Gruber and sophomore Morgan Knasel have each posted strong seasons. Gruber leads the team with 10 goals, six assists and 26 points, while Knasel is second on the team with nine goals and 20 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Hessling is second in the HCAC in goals against average (0.94) and fourth in save percentage (.796).

The Panthers will then face another 6-1 team in Rose-Hulman Saturday. The Fighting Engineers are 11-5 overall and have won their last four matches, including a 2-1 win over Mount St. Joseph and a 1-0 forfeit win over Bluffton last week.

Junior Madeline Romeo and freshman Jessica Wells are tied for the team lead with 16 points. Romeo has five goals and six assists, while Wells has scored eight goals and been named the HCAC Player of the Week each of the last two weeks. Junior Carli Weinberg and sophomore Chiarra Franklin have combined for a 1.17 goals against average and 68 saves in goal.

Rose-Hulman will also have to play a pair of matches against 6-1 teams. Along with Saturday’s contest against Hanover, the Fighting Engineers will also travel to Franklin Wednesday.

In the last three years, the Panthers have gone a combined 7-0 against Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman. Hanover has outscored the Lions 13-1 in three matches and Rose-Hulman 7-0 in four meetings.

Saturday’s contest will also be Senior Day for the Panthers. Hanover will honor its 11 seniors in their final regular season match of their career.

Contact: Mike Pritchard