Athletics News
Franchini hat trick powers fifth straight win

Junior forward Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) tallied his first career hat trick to lead Hanover College’s men’s soccer squad to a 3-1 victory against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) in Delhi, Ohio.

The triumph is the fifth in a row for the Panthers, which now stand at 8-6 overall and 4-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Franchini scored in the 24th minute to give Hanover a 1-0 lead. Just five minutes later, he punched in a penalty kick to increase the Panthers’ cushion to 2-0.

Mount St. Joseph (6-6-1; 0-3-1 HCAC) cut the margin in half with a goal late in the 68th minute.

Franchini, who fired only four shots in the contest, achieved the hat trick midway through the 81st minute off an assist from sophomore forward Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio). The goal pushed his team-leading total to 10.

Hanover was limited to just 10 shots in the battle, but had six on goal. The Lions, meanwhile, had 12 attempts at the net with five on goal.

Junior netminder Rafael DiMaio (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who had reeled off four straight shutouts heading into the clash, tallied four saves.

Hanover @ Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will host Anderson University, Saturday, Oct. 17. The Heartland Conference match will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Panther Athletic Complex.

Scottish coaches shadow football program

Head coach Steve Baudendistel and the Hanover College football program are playing host to four Scottish coaches from the East Kilbride Pirates, Oct. 11-18, as part of the Global Football International Coaching Exchange initiative.

During the week-long visit, East Kilbride coaches Nicky Smith, John Heron, Shaun Cauvin and Mark Henderson will have an opportunity to enhance their coaching skills on the gridiron and will, in turn, transfer that knowledge to help develop players in the United Kingdom.

“The Scottish coaches will be shadowing our coaches for the entire week, taking part in all game-planning, film sessions, player meetings and practices,” explained Baudendistel.“From our meetings with the Scottish coaches prior to our game in May, it was obvious that they were already very knowledgeable about the sport. Our goal here is to expand that knowledge as much as possible so they can return home and make a great East Kilbride Pirates team even better.”

East Kilbride is the oldest surviving and most successful American-football club in Scotland. The partnership between Hanover and East Kilbride was established when the Pirates and Panthers played a pre-season game in Scotland, May 16, 2015, as part of a tour organized by Global Football. Hanover posted a 51-0 victory in the contest. “Our trip to Scotland was a great experience for all involved," noted Baudendistel.

In 2015, East Kilbride (7-2) won the British American Football National League Premier North Division for the seventh successive season. The Pirates lost in the semifinals of the playoffs, 19-7, to the London Blitz.

“We are really happy that the connections made when we played Hanover earlier this year have meant these guys have the opportunity to visit Hanover and learn as much they can," said Pirates head coach Ross Templeton. “We were all extremely impressed with how the Panthers were coached and organized, so this trip presents a great opportunity for our coaches to learn more about how that is managed behind the scenes. Continuous improvement is crucial to our program and we believe that this trip will go a long way to helping our junior and senior programs continue to improve.”

Courtesy: Michael Preston, Global Football

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.

Five selected to join hall of fame

Hanover College has selected James Hammond, Michelle Cline Holmes, Robert Johnson, Thomas Mayer and Erin Matson Reder to join its Athletic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame’s 21st-annual induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m., in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.

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Hammond, a 1979 graduate, played four seasons with Hanover’s basketball squad and two seasons on the Panthers’ tennis team. He scored 1,203 career points and helped lead the basketball squad to three Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference championships and one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 21 title.

Named the basketball squad’s most valuable player as a senior, Hammond also earned all-conference and all-district honors that season. He was additionally an all-conference selection for the tennis team as a senior and earned all-district 21 and team most valuable player honors.

The college recognized Hammond as its outstanding senior male athlete in 1979.

Holmes, a 1992 graduate, was a four-time all-Hoosier Conference for Women performer for Hanover’s cross country team and earned all-conference honors with the track & field squad. She qualified for the NAIA national championships in 1991 and earned all-Little State honors as a freshman and junior.

She was a member of Hanover’s first two intercollegiate women’s track & field teams (1991-1992) and set school records in the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter events.

A four-time all-NAIA scholar-athlete recipient, Holmes was named Hanover’s top senior female athlete in 1992 and also received the College’s Long Citation as outstanding senior woman.

Johnson, a 1971 Hanover graduate, was a four-year member of Hanover’s football squad. The NAIA awarded him with all-American honors after his senior season, despite a knee injury that limited his playing time. Johnson was also a three-time all-Hoosier Collegiate Conference and all-NAIA District 21 defensive end.

In the spring of 1972, he became the second player in school history picked in the National Football League draft; the Kansas City Chiefs took him in the 16th round. Though released by the Chiefs during the preseason, the Chicago Bears picked him before another injury to his knee ultimately derailed his playing career.

In addition to Johnson’s efforts on the football field, he also threw the shot put and discus for Hanover’s track & field team for three seasons and was a member of the wrestling team for one season.

Mayer, a 1973 graduate, was a two-year starter at linebacker for Hanover’s football team and earned all-Hoosier Collegiate Conference honors as a sophomore. A leg injury ended his playing career during his junior season, but he still earned post-graduate tryouts with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

Instead of chasing a playing career, Mayer elected to pursue a career in medicine. After earning his medical degree, he completed his residency in Utah and later held emergency medical appointments in Florida for a decade.

In 2001, while serving as chair of the department of emergency medicine at a hospital in Fairfax, Va., Mayer served as director of medical assets while treating those injured during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The afternoon of the attack, it was Mayer who requested the American flag hang from the damaged Pentagon wall. It quickly became one of the iconic images from the tragedy.

Mayer, who earned a Hanover Alumni Achievement Award in 2004, also served as the first medical director of the National Football League. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of the care of all NFL athletes.

Reder, a 2003 graduate, was a four-time most valuable runner and all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree for Hanover’s cross country team. She was a three-time academic all-American and the school’s first runner to qualify and compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) III national cross country championship.

Additionally a four-year member of Hanover’s track & field team, Reder earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Named the team’s most valuable runner as a senior, Hanover also named her the College’s outstanding senior female athlete that same year.

Started in 1995, the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame exists to recognize individuals who have served Hanover athletics with distinction, either by virtue of their performance as a coach, a team member, or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics, either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the institution.

The hall of fame, which resides in the Horner Health and Recreation Center, currently honors more than 100 individuals who have left their mark on Hanover athletics.

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.