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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

Panthers control own destiny for fourth consecutive HCAC title

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team will wrap up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this week in part of four matches in five days.

The Panthers, who have won 30 consecutive regular season conference matches dating back to the 2012 season, will look for their fourth consecutive HCAC regular season title with matches against Transylvania, Manchester, and Franklin this week. Hanover will round out the jam-packed week with a non-conference match against IU-Southeast.

Hanover will first travel to Transylvania for a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday, before making a trip to Manchester for a 10 a.m. start on Saturday. The week will be come to an end on Sunday when the Panthers host Franklin at 10 a.m. and IU-Southeast at 4 p.m., as part of a tri-match.

Two members of the Panther squad have posted unblemished 5-0 records in singles play, including senior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.). Spicer has won all five of her conference tilts in the top spot, while Katzenberger has been dominant in the bottom half of singles competition.

Freshman Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) is 4-1 in HCAC singles play, while classmate Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Mallory Noble (Fishers, Ind.) are 3-0 in conference action.

Overall, in 30 singles matches in the HCAC this season, the Panthers have posted a 27-3 record. Hanover has also gotten off to a fast start in each conference match, posting a combined record of 13-2 in doubles play.

The duo of Spicer and sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) are 8-2 overall in doubles matches and are a perfect 5-0 against HCAC foes.

The other pair that has competed in each conference match is Jones and Katzenberger, as they hold a 4-1 mark in the HCAC. Farrell and sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) are 3-1 as a group in conference action.

Hanover has won the past two meetings against Transylvania by scores of 8-1 and 7-2. Against Manchester, the Panthers have won the past two encounters by a combined total of 17-1.

The Panthers and Grizzlies will meet for the fifth time in the past three seasons, after competing against one another three times in 2015. Hanover and Franklin met in the HCAC championship last season, where the Panthers won 5-4.

The Blue and Red have split the last two meetings with IU-Southeast, picking up a 6-3 win to open the 2015 campaign, but the team dropped a 6-3 decision the season prior.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover women look to add to recent success this week

HANOVER, Ind. – Winners of its last two matches, the Hanover women’s soccer team will look to continue its recent success this week with a non-conference match at Spalding Wednesday followed by its HCAC opener at home against Manchester Saturday.

The Panthers remained unbeaten at home with a big win over visiting Capital Saturday. The contest featured a rematch of a first round NCAA Tournament game last year in which the Crusaders won 1-0.

Hanover exacted a bit of revenge as senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice and assisted on two other goals for a 4-2 win as the Panthers improved to 3-4 on the season.

For her efforts Cornacchione was named the HCAC player of the week for the fifth time in her career. Entering the week, she ranks third in the league in points (15) and is tied for second in goals with six.

A final non-conference tune-up is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., against Spalding. The Golden Eagles, currently 4-4-1 overall, have gone 0-4-1 since opening the season 4-0. Four of its nine matches have come against HCAC schools. Spalding defeated Defiance 5-0 before falling 3-0 to Mount St. Joseph, 2-0 to Franklin, and 2-1 to Anderson.

The Golden Eagles are led by Senior Dee Dee Sliter. In seven matches, Sliter has posted a team-high 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Senior Kelsey Kaiser has served as the team’s primary goalkeeper. Kaiser will enter Wednesday’s contest with a 4-3 record, and has 23 saves and a 1.36 goals against average.

The two teams have met in each of the last five years with Hanover winning all five by a combined score of 27-0.

The Panthers will then open league play Saturday, Oct. 1 when they host Manchester as part of Homecoming Weekend. The Spartans are winless in six matches this season and have been out-scored 27-8 in those six losses.

Junior Courtney Hersick and sophomore Maranda Birmingham have combined to score all eight of the team’s goals so far. Hersick has four scores and two assists for 10 points, while Birmingham has scored four times for eight points.

Manchester has used four different goalkeepers, including three that have seen action in three matches. The four of them have combined to stop 66 shots and own a 4.50 goals against average.

In the previous seven meetings, Hanover has won all seven, including a conference tournament match in 2014, by a combined score of 17-3.

Saturday’s contest is set for a 1 p.m. first kick.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Conners rushing performance leads to HCAC Player of the Week award


GREENWOOD, Ind. – Junior running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) has recently been announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance this past Saturday.

Conners led a rushing attack which outgained Anderson 244-11 on the ground, as the Panthers (1-3) picked up their first win under new head coach Matt Theobald, 49-25.

The junior rushed for 122 yards on 27 carries, scoring three touchdowns against the Ravens. The 122 rushing yards was the highest total of any player in the conference last week.

With his three rushing touchdowns, Conners became the first player in the conference to score three times on the ground this season. Conners was also the first player for HC to rush in for that many scores since he did so against Earlham back on Oct. 31, 2015. That performance also earned Conners his only other HCAC player of the week award.

The junior averaged 4.5 yards per carry, and also caught four passes for 28 yards. The Harrison, Ohio native totaled 150 all-purpose yards in the victory.

For the season, Conners has rushed for 299 yards, averaging 74.8 yards per game. His rushing total is good enough for fourth best in the conference.

Conners has five rushing scores this season, ranking him second in the conference in scoring per game, as he is averaging 7.5 points scored per contest.

With the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Conners ranks seventh in the HCAC in all-purpose yards at 95.5 per game.

The Panthers will look for their second consecutive conference victory when they welcome Mount St. Joseph for Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Cornacchione picks up fifth career HCAC weekly honor


GREENWOOD, Ind. – After accounting for all four scores in Hanover women’s soccer’s victory over Capital this past Saturday, senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The senior has now won five HCAC player of the week awards in her career as Hanover now has a total of 12 weekly honors over the past five seasons.

Cornacchione scored two goals and added two assists in the Panthers (3-4) lone match of the week. The senior helped HC avenge last season’s NCAA tournament loss to Capital (Ohio), as the Blue and Red won by a score of 4-2.

Riding a hot streak offensively, Cornacchione has scored two goals in each of the past two matches. She has three matches this season with at least two scores.

With the two assists against Capital, the senior set a personal and team high this season for the Panthers.

On the year, Cornacchione leads the Panthers and ranks second in the conference in goals scored with six. The senior also has three assists giving her a team high 15 points in 2016. Her point total is currently third best in the HCAC this season.

Cornacchione has been a key factor as Hanover has won each of its last two matches, both of which were at home. The senior scored the game-tying and game-winning goals against Sewanee (Tenn.) back on Sept. 18, and then accounted for each score in the victory over Capital.

The Panthers will look to run their winning streak to three when they hit the road for a 5:30 p.m. match at Spalding (Ky.) on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers back in action with two home matches this week

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a pair of home victories last week, the Hanover men’s soccer team will play its final non-conference tune-up Tuesday and then open its 2016 HCAC season Saturday as part of Homecoming Weekend.

The Panthers posted a pair of impressive victories last week with a 5-0 win over Berea and a 7-2 victory over Georgetown, both on their home field.

Four different players scored at least two goals led by seniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.). Franchini had a big week as he scored three goals and added three assists in the two wins. He is now leading the HCAC in points (23) and assists (7) and is tied for the league lead in goals (8).

Eldridge also scored three goals and had an assist, and is now third in the conference in points (15) and goals (7). Another senior, Jace Gentil (Wadesville, Ind.) scored a pair of goals against Georgetown, and junior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) added two scores against Berea.

The shutout against Berea was Rafael Di Maio’s (Sao Paulo, Brazil) third of the season. He currently ranks third in the conference in goals against average (0.73) and fifth in goals against (6).

Before opening conference play, Hanover will host Wilmington at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Quakers will arrive on campus having lost their last two matches by the same 1-0 score. Through eight contests, Wilmington is 3-3-2 overall, but 0-2 on the road.

Freshman Carl Bergstrom and sophomore Niklas Martensson lead the Quakers in points. Bergstron has scored two goals to go along with two assists for eight points, while Martensson has tallied three goals and an assist for seven points. Senior goalkeeper Nick Baker has made 28 saves on the year and brings a 1.54 goals against average to Hanover.

After finishing the 2015 season with a 4-8-6 overall record and 1-4-4 mark in the HCAC, Manchester is off to a 6-0-2 start this year. The Spartans will look to build on a three-match winning streak Wednesday at Ohio Northern prior to Saturday’s match-up against the Panthers at 3:30 p.m.

Sophomore Ben Niederhelman and senior Ola Ladapo have scored four goals apiece to pace Manchester. Niederhelman also has two assists for a team-best 10 points. Sophomore Ryan Morely is second on the team with nine points on three goals and three assists. Junior Brady Forman has been strong in goal having allowed just under one goal per match with 19 saves and two shutouts.

The contest against Manchester will pit two of the top three defensive teams in the conference against each other. Hanover has a 0.94 goals against average, while Manchester owns a 0.95 goals against average.

The Panthers won last year’s meeting 3-0 and will look to win for the third time in four years against the Spartans.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Women's Golf wins Transylvania (Ky.) Invite


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – In its final preparation before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the Hanover women’s golf team placed three members inside the top 10 at the Transylvania Invite, finishing first as a team.

The Panthers put together team rounds of 330 and 336 to total 666 strokes, besting Pikeville (Ky.) by four strokes. The opening round of 330 was the lowest team score by HC this season.

Hanover has now won the Transylvania-hosted event in each of the last three season. The Blue and Red also defeated the three opposing HCAC schools competing at the meet.

Freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) used rounds of 82 and 81 to place in a tie for fourth overall with a score of 163. Goodwin and teammate Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) led the field in par three scoring with an average of 3.13. The freshman also tied for the tournament high in pars with 21.

Senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) posted the lowest individual round of the season for Hanover with an opening 18-hole score of 79. Smith finished the tournament with an 84 on Sunday, tying Goodwin with a score of 163.

Competing as an individual, junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) led the field in birdies with five. Wuerch posted her lowest two rounds of the season to shoot 170 (86-84), placing 10th.

Smith and Wuerch tied for second in the field with a par five scoring average of 5.13.

In the field of 45 golfers, freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) and sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) placed tied for 11th and 13th respectively. Cody finished with a total of 171 (87-84), while Pease logged a score of 172 (82-90).

Junior Cassie Hendrickson (Greenwood, Ind.) also competed as an individual, placing 18th overall with a score of 178 (88-90). Hartlage placed right behind Hendrickson as her score of 179 (92-87) was good enough to tie for 19th.

With a score of 155, Transylvania’s Meredith Moir earned individual medalist honors.

Hanover will be off until the HCAC Championship on October 8 and 9. The championship will be hosted by Rose-Hulman at the Hulman Links GC.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Strong second round sends men's golf to second place finish


DANVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s golf team used a strong performance in the second round of the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic to jump four spots, finishing second overall.

The Panthers posted the second lowest team round of the tournament with a 298 on Sunday, as they finished with a tournament score of 611 to place second in the field of 11 teams. Birmingham Southern (Ala.) placed first as a team with a score of 595.

A pair of Panthers tied for 10th in senior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) and sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.). After an opening round of 83, Vidal logged the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament with a 69 on Sunday to shoot a 152. Rohleder used rounds of 77 and 75 to finish with a score of 152.

Due to scorecard tiebreakers, Vidal was named to the all-tournament team.

Junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) was tied for first overall after the opening round with a score of 73. Rogers finished the tournament with a second round score of 82, totaling 155 strokes to tie for 15th.

In the field of 67 golfers, senior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) finished tied for 29th with a score of 158 (82-76). Sophomore Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the team scoring with a 159 (81-78), placing tied for 33rd.

Freshman Nick Washle (Louisville, Ky.) recorded the top individual score for the Panthers with a 36-hole total of 156 (80-76). Washle tied for 21st.

Hanover will compete in a one-day event next Sunday, Oct. 2, when the team travels to play in the Earlham Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Rushing attack leads football to first win in Theobald era


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team used six rushing touchdowns and 244 yards on the ground to pick up its first win of the season, defeating Anderson 49-25 on the road Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) have now won seven of the last eight meetings with Anderson (1-3, 1-1 HCAC). Head Coach Matthew Theobald recorded his first career coaching victory with the win.

Hanover held a substantial advantage in the ground game, outgaining the Ravens 244-11. For the contest, HC ran a season high 96 total plays, while AU posted just 51. The Blue and Red finished with a 39:27-20:33 time of possession advantage.

Leading the way in the rushing attack was junior Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio). Connors rushed 27 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. His three rushing scores marked the first time a player scored three touchdowns on the ground since October 31, 2015, when Connors did so against Earlham.

Senior quarterback Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) posted a season high, 199 yards passing, completing 22 of his 39 passes, while adding one throwing touchdown. Gutermuth pitched in a rushing score as well.

Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) saw his first extended action of his career, rushing for 75 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Junior Nate Hein (Tipton, Ind.) scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive week, as his lone rushing attempt went for 40 yards and a score.

Senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) caught his second touchdown of the season, making two catches for 37 yards in the game. Classmate Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.) paced the Panther receivers with six receptions for 49 yards.

The Panthers capitalized on an AU fumble deep in their own territory, as Connors scored his first rushing touchdown at the 7:31 mark of the first quarter. The Panthers used their next drive to go eight plays and 71 yards to take a 14-0 advantage. Hart rushed into the end zone from 18 yards out.

After the Ravens rallied for a touchdown of their own HC responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Gutermuth to Windell, giving the Panthers a 21-7 edge with 12:21 left in the first half.

Hanover scored on its next possession with a three-yard rush from Gutermuth and led 28-17 at halftime.

The lone score of the third quarter came from the Panthers. A six-play, 52-yard drive was capped by a 29-yard rushing touchdown from Connors.

Connors and Hein added rushing scores in the fourth quarter as the Panthers secured their first win in 2016, 49-25.

Sophomore Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the defense in tackles with 6.5. Dauer added 1.5 tackles for loss. Senior Riley Deckard (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble as well.

For the game, Hanover held a 443-384 advantage in total offense. The Panthers also recorded 29 first downs, marking the first time HC has had at least 25 first downs in a game since Nov. 15, 2014, against Franklin.

Hanover will look to win its second consecutive game when they welcome Mount St. Joseph next Saturday, Oct. 1. The Panthers will host the Lions for Homecoming, with a 1:30 p.m. kick off.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Strong second half sends men's soccer over Georgetown


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team scored at least five goals for the third consecutive home match, defeating Georgetown (Ky.) in the process, at home on Saturday, 7-2.

The Panthers (6-2) have now won all three of their home matches, and have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 19-4.

Seniors Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) and Jace Gentil (Wadesville, Ind.) each scored a pair of goals to lead the offensive attack. Eldridge also added an assist for five total points in the contest.

Fellow senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added one score and two assists. Classmate Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) and sophomore Dean Mock (Louisville, Ky.) each pitched in with a score as well.

The Panthers outshot the Tigers 25-8 in the contest, while also holding a 14-4 edge in shots on goal. Gentil lead the team with five shot attempts.

It did not take long for HC to find the back of the net, as Eldridge received a cross from Franchini in the eighth minute, as he put a strike past the GC keeper.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Tigers (2-4-2) scored twice in a span of 2:31, to take a 2-1 lead with just over 25 minutes remaining in the first half.

Gentil scored the equalizer near the end of the opening 45 minutes, as he received an assist from sophomore Michael Dumaine (California, Ky.). The match was tied at 2-apiece at the intermission.

In the second half, Hanover scored two goals over the first 13 minutes to gain control of the contest at 4-2. A Franchini goal in the 50th minute and an Eldridge score in the 58th minute gave the Panthers the advantage. Eldridge and senior Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) recorded the assists.

Cam Childers scored in the 69th minute, while Gentil and Mock added goals in the final 15 minutes to send HC to the 7-2 win.

Hanover has now won two of its last three home matches by a count of 7-2.

The Panthers will stay at home when they welcome Wilmington (Ohio) for a 5 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester