Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis teams were each picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season in voting by league coaches. Baseball and softball were each selected to place sixth.
Men’s Lacrosse
Transylvania earned four first-place votes and picked up 24 points to finish first in the poll while Hanover finished second with 21 points. Anderson was selected to finish third with 11 points and was followed by, Mount St. Joseph (10) and Earlham (9).
Named as athletes to watch from Hanover were: Noah King, a senior attacker from Lexington, Ky.; Noah Dubrava, a senior goalie from Centerville, Ohio; Ian Kimmins, a junior attacker from Dayton, Ohio; Dirk Meinhart, a sophomore midfielder from Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Eric Clay, a senior long stick midfielder from Wilmington, Del.
Hanover opens the season on Saturday at Westminster (Mo.).
WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Transylvania was the unanimous favorite in the women’s lacrosse poll, sweeping all six available first-place votes for 36 total points. Hanover was picked to finish second with 29 points and was followed by Earlham (25), Anderson (14), Mount St. Joseph (12), Franklin (10).
Named as athletes to watch from Hanover were: Makinna Laymon, a senior attacker from Fishers; Julia Long, a senior goalie from Cincinnati; Emma Boomershine, a senior attacker from Louisville; Meg Finn, a senior midfielder from Newburgh; and Tayia Davis, a senior defender from Fishers.
Hanover opens the season at Butler on Saturday.
MEN’S TENNIS
Rose-Hulman picked up a total of 78 points and eight first-place votes to finish first in the men’s tennis poll. Hanover College was second with 65 total points and was followed by Earlham (63), Anderson (53, 1 1st place vote), Transylvania (45), Franklin (35), Manchester (27), Defiance (21), and Mount St. Joseph (18).
Named as athletes to watch from Hanover were: Landon Carrico, a senior from Jeffersonville; Pablo Gallart, a sophomore from Spain; Keith Asplund, a sophomore from Jeffersonville; Jonathon Helmers, a senior from Cincinnati; Roger Trombley, a senior from Signal Mountain, Ga.; and Jedt Fajt, a junior from Greencastle.
Hanover opens the spring portion of the schedule on Friday against Piedmont (Ga.) in Sewanee, Tennessee.
BASEBALL
Franklin was named the overwhelming favorite in baseball, picking up with 94 points overall and six first-place votes. Rose-Hulman was second with 86 points and two first place votes, and Anderson was third with 81 points one first-place vote. The final first-place tally went to Transylvania, which had 69 points in the poll and was followed by Earlham (46), Hanover (45), Defiance (44), Manchester (40), Bluffton (32), and Mount St. Joseph (13).
Named as athletes to watch from Hanover were: Spencer Coop, a senior shortstop from Lexington, Ky.; Mark Walkenhorst, a senior infielder from Ft. Thomas, Ky.; Andrew Littlefield, a sophomore pitcher/outfielder from Louisville; and Zach Chapman, a senior pitcher from Loveland, Ohio.
Hanover opens the season at Centre on Friday, Feb. 21.
SOFTBALL
Transylvania was selected as the favorite heading into the 2020 softball season six first-place votes and a total of 62 points. Mount St. Joseph was second with 58 points and three first-place votes, and is followed by Anderson (44), Franklin (43), Defiance (39), Hanover (27), Manchester (27), Rose-Hulman (13), and Bluffton (11).
Named as athletes to watch from Hanover were: Lily Beurman, a junior pitcher from Evansville; and Shelby Edigton, a senior infielder from Terre Haute.