Athletics News
Offensive attack key in women's soccer win over Manchester


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s soccer scored two goals in each half, defeating Manchester in its home Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon, 4-0.

The Panthers (4-4, 1-0 HCAC) have now won three consecutive home matches to improve to .500 overall this season. Manchester falls to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored two goals for the fourth time this season as she also recorded HC’s lone assist.

Sophomore Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) and freshman Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) also scored for the Blue and Red.

The shutout gives senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) her second during the 2016 campaign.

The Panther offense kept the pressure on all match, as the team recorded a season high 40 shots. Hanover held MU to just four shot attempts in the match. The Blue and Red held a 24-2 edge in shots on goal.

Cornacchione led the team with 13 shot attempts, with a team high seven attempts coming on goal. Senior Shelby Adams (Avon, Ind.) recorded five shots in the match, while freshman Haley Rees (Columbus, Ohio) totaled three. Overall, 10 different Panthers recorded multiple shot attempts in the match, and 15 players total for HC had at least one shot.

In just the sixth minute, Cornacchione opened the scoring to give HC a 1-0 edge. Less than four minutes later, the senior added her second goal of the contest with a shot from the six-yard box.

The Panthers led 2-0 at the intermission, and held a 17-1 advantage in shot attempts over the first 45 minutes.

Less than one minute into the second half, Koopman found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

In the 65th minute, Brock sent her shot from 18 yards out over the Spartans’ goalkeeper’s head for the fourth score of the match. Brock now has two goals this season. Cornacchione assisted the goal.

Over the last eight meetings between HC and MU, the Panthers have now outscored the Spartans 21-3.

Hanover will take its current three-match winning streak on the road at Franklin, Wednesday, Oct. 5. The rematch of the 2015 HCAC Tournament Championship is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Seniors shine for women's cross country at Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Four seniors and a freshman led the way as the Hanover College women’s cross country team turned in a bevy of season-bests.

In her second race of the year, Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) led the squad with a 24:43.35 finish.

Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) and Kori Siebert (Borden, Ind.) worked together for much of the race, finishing within six second of each other, running 25:01.86 and 25:07.71.

Freshman Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) ran a significant personal-best to enter the Panther scoring five, covering the six-kilometer course in 25:44.93, while senior Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) completed the Panther scoring with a 25:49.97 effort.

The Panthers return to action Friday, October 14th at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic at Wilmington College.

Carrico picks up singles victory against IU-Southeast


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team suffered its first setback of the season, falling at home to IU-Southeast on Thursday evening, 8-1.

Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) picked up the lone match for Hanover (1-1), winning a third set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles. Carrico improved to 2-0 in the top singles spot this season.

After winning the opening set 6-1, Carrico dropped the second frame 6-2, forcing a third set, 10-point tie breaker. The freshman showed poise under pressure, earning the victory with a 10-2 win in the third set.

Classmate Lucas Miller (Washington, Ind.) dropped the opening set at No. 6 singles, 6-4. Miller’s attempt to force his own third set tie breaker came up short when he fell in the second frame, 7-6, losing the set tie breaker 8-6.

Sophomores Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) picked up the most games in doubles play, but lost 8-3 in the second spot.

The Grenadiers improve to 2-0 on the season with the victory. IU-Southeast has now won each of the past four meetings against the Blue and Red.

Hanover’s abbreviated fall schedule is officially over. The Panthers will pick up competitive action again near the end of February with a week-long trip in Florida.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover men to compete in Greater Louisville Classic

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s cross country team will look to continue its strong season this weekend as the Panthers participate in the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Through three meets, Hanover has finished in the top 10 in all three, including two first place finishes. The Panthers were ninth two weeks ago at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

In that meet three harriers finished in the top 40, led by junior Joe Rector (Aurora , Ind.) at 23rd with a time of 27:50.49. Sophomore Jacob Hendrick (Memphis, Ind.) was 27th in 27:54.76, and freshman Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) crossed the line in 28:30.45 to place 36th out of 121 competitors.

Hanover will be one of 30 NCAA Division III men’s teams currently set to compete in this year’s meet, which also includes HCAC foes Franklin, Manchester and Transylvania.

The Classic, which is one of the most highly attended college and high school cross country events in the United States, will take place at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

In addition to hosting NCAA Division I and II Championships in the past, the site will host this year’s NCAA Division III and next year’s Division I National Championships.

The Panthers finished 13th out of 39 non-Division I teams in last year’s meet as Rector placed 21st to represent the highest finish among returning runners.

The 8,000-meter race is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Women travel to Louisville for Greater Louisville Classic

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a week off from competition, the Hanover women’s cross country team will return to action this weekend with a trip to Louisville, Ky. for the Greater Louisville Classic.

The Panthers last competed at the Indiana Intercollegiate in Bloomington, Ind. where they finished 10th. Of the 111 individual competitors, Hanover placed three runners in the top 50. Senior Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) paced the Panthers with a time of 21:49.20 to place 40th.

Fellow seniors Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) and Kori Siebert (Borden, Ind.) were close behind. Trachtman was 42nd with a time of 21:54.93, and Siebert finished in 44th place in 21:57.10.

Hanover is one of 30 NCAA Division III women’s teams currently set to compete in this year’s meet, which also includes HCAC foes Franklin, Manchester and Transylvania.

The Classic, which is one of the most highly attended college and high school cross country events in the United States, will take place at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

In addition to hosting NCAA Division I and II Championships in the past, the site will host this year’s NCAA Division III and next year’s Division I National Championships.

The Panthers finished 7th out of 41 non-Division I teams in last year’s meet as Trachtman placed 40th to represent the highest finish among returning runners.

The 6,000-meter race is set to begin at 12:45 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers host Mount St. Joseph for Homecoming

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Women's soccer's match at Spalding postponed

HANOVER, Ind. --The Hanover women's soccer match at Spalding (Ky.) has been postponed due to field conditions.

The Panthers and Golden Eagles were scheduled to play at Spalding at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, but due to weather, the field conditions are unplayable.

No decision has been made yet on whether or not the contest will be made up.

Stay tuned to for more updates.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's tennis reschedules match at Transylvania

HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover women's tennis team has postponed its away match with Transylvania.

The match, originally scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, has been postponed due to weather conflicts.

The PanthersandPioneershave rescheduled the match to take place at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Transylvania.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball hosts Manchester in lone match this week

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team will open up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend when they host Manchester on Saturday during Homecoming weekend.

The Panthers (10-7) will cap a busy day for Hanover Athletics at home with a 5 p.m. match against the Spartans.

Hanover is coming off a 3-2 week, which saw them win at Thomas More (Ky.) before splitting four contests when they hosted the HCAC/OAC Crossover.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a strong performance in the back line for the Panthers as she was named to the HCAC/OAC Crossover all-tournament team. Huynh finished the five-match week with 6.15 digs per set and a team high six serving aces. The junior has 337 digs this season, which is eighth best in the NCAA Division III.

Classmate Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with 46 kills last week, and is currently second on the squad with 175 kills this season. Brandvik is averaging 2.40 kills per set.

With a combined 41 blocks in five matches last week, sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) continued to climb up the national leaderboard in rejections. Dennis posted 20 blocks a week ago, and now ranks second in the NCAA with 79 total blocks this season. The sophomore added 32 kills and 50 digs over the five-match span as well.

Crawford now has 63 total blocks this season as she is also in the top 15 nationally in rejections. Her 289 career blocks are also flirting with the top 25 nationally among active players. The junior has a career hitting percentage of .363, ranking sixth among active Division III athletes and 24th across all NCAA divisions.

As a team, the Panthers are among the nation’s best in defensive categories. Hanover is the top team in NCAA Division III with 162 total blocks, and also ranks 23rd nationally with 2.19 per set.

The team is second in the country in total digs with 1,230, and offensively HC ranks second nationally in kills (874) and assists (807).

It has been tough to win inside Collier Arena over the past two seasons as well, with the team currently holding a 6-2 home record this season, with an average attendance number which ranks among the top 50 in the country. Hanover is a combined 18-3 at home over the past two seasons.

Manchester will enter the weekend with a 9-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the HCAC. The Spartans dropped their conference opener to Rose-Hulman, 3-0, before picking up a 3-1 victory over Franklin last week.

Manchester has been riding a hot streak as of late, winning eight of its last nine matches. The Spartans are 2-0 in true road matches this season and 4-3 overall away from home.

The series has been one-sided leaning toward Hanover, as the Panthers have won the past 12 meetings by a combined score of 36-5. Hanover has won each of the past four, and six of the last seven meetings in straight sets.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's soccer blanks Wilmington at home


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team continued its strong play at home on Tuesday evening, defeating Wilmington (Ohio), 3-0.

The Panthers (7-2) have now won all four of their home matches this season by a combined score of 22-4, including two shutouts.

Three different Panthers scored in the contest, while senior Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) totaled both assists for HC.

Senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) picked up his third individual shutout of the season. A defensive unit led by Di Maio and classmate Alex McSweeney (Louisville, Ky.) has now blanked four opponents this season.

Hanover outshot the Quakers 11-4 in the opening half and after a scoreless 30 minutes to open the contest, the Panthers found the back of the net with a goal from junior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.). Childers found the ball just outside the 18-yard box and passed it through the WC backline, giving Doering a clean look at the goal.

The first 45 minutes were played physically on both sides, as there were 10 total fouls called, and one yellow card was given to each team.

In the second half, Childers sent his corner kick back to senior Matthew Hand (Auckland, New Zealand) in the 54th minute, as Hand then ripped a shot from 30 yards out past the Wilmington (3-4-2) keeper, giving HC a 2-0 advantage.

At 80:00, senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was fouled in the attacking box, and he then capitalized on the penalty kick, scoring his ninth goal of the season to give Hanover a 3-0 edge.

For the match, Hanover held a 15-10 advantage in shot. Despite conceding 10 shots to the Quakers, Di Maio was only called on to make two saves. The Panthers recorded six shots on goal in the contest.

Franchini and senior Walker Goodbub (Prospect, Ky.) paced the Panthers with four shots apiece.

Hanover has now won seven of its last eight matches, and will look to run its home winning streak to five on Saturday, Oct. 1, when Manchester comes to the Panther Athletic Complex for a 3:30 p.m. match.

Contact: Tyler Jester