Hanover College’s AnnaCornacchione, the Heartland CollegiateAthletic Conference’sfreshman of the year and co-most valuable player for 2013. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Hanover College’s Anna

Cornacchione, the Heartland Collegiate

Athletic Conference’s

freshman of the year and co-most valuable player for 2013. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Hanover freshman Anna Cornacchione has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's freshman of the year and co-most valuable player for women's soccer in voting by league coaches.

In all, eight members of Hanover College's women's soccer team earned post-season honors from the league.

Cornacchione, a forward from Cincinnati, is joined on the Heartland Conference's first team by sophomore forward Rachel Alvis, also from Cincinnati, and senior backs Chloe Hutchinson of Louisville and Paige Byers of Noblesville.

Morgan Cole, a sophomore goalkeeper from Mason, Ohio, and freshman forward Elaine Simpson of Lexington, Ky., earned spots on the HCAC's second team.

Sophomore midfielder Megan Insley of Worthington, Ohio, received honorable mention, while senior midfielder Rachel Evans of Urbandale, Iowa, has been named to the league's all-sportsmanship team.

The Heartland Conference tabbed Jim Watts as its coach of the year for the hird time in his six seasons on the Hanover sidelines.

Cornacchione, who shares most valuable player honors with Transylvania senior Amy Ghibaudy, leads Hanover with 30 points, including a team-high 13 goals and four assists.

Alvis, a two-time all-conference honoree, has netted five goals and leads the Panthers with 77 shots and seven assists.

Hutchinson has one goal and four assists, while Byers, named to the all-HCAC squad for the second time, has netted one goal. The duo teams with Cole to lead a defensive unit which has allowed just 11 goals in 20 matches and tallied 10 shutouts.

Cole has posted a 14-1-2 record and logged more than 1,500 minutes in Hanover's net. She has allowed only nine goals in 17 matches and totaled 64 saves.

Simpson, who was twice named the Heartland Conference's player of the week this season, is second on the Panthers with seven goals and 18 points. She also has four assists.

Insley has started all 20 matches in Hanover's midfield. Evans, a four-year member of the program, has netted one goal.

Hanover set a school single-season record with 17 wins and captured the HCAC's regular-season championship with an 8-0-1 league mark. The Panthers also set school marks with the team's current nine-match winning streak and 15-match unbeaten streak (13-0-2).

The Panthers, 17-1-2 overall this season, will battle Salem (N.C.) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The contest will be played at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

Hanover is making its second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Panthers posted a 15-3-2 record in 2011 and lost at Loras (Iowa), 3-0, in the program's first NCAA III tourney appearance.

Men's soccer puts five on HCAC teams

Matthew Eldridge, a freshman midfielder from Louisville, and junior back Drew Roberts of Goshen, Ky. lead five members of Hanover College's men's soccer squad who have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Eldridge has been tabbed the Heartland Conference's freshman of the year and is joined on the league's first team by Roberts.

Senior forward John Wittich of West Chester, Ohio, has earned second-team honors, while sophomore back Jacob Thomsen of Holte, Denmark, received honorable mention.

Junior midfielder Matthew Grau of Cincinnati has been named to the HCAC's all-sportsmanship team for the third straight year.

Eldridge led Hanover with 15 points, including a team-high seven goals and an assist. He was sixth in the conference with 2.89 shots per game, seventh with seven goals and 10th in the league in scoring.

Roberts started all 20 matches in the backfield and keyed the Panthers' defense, which posted eight shutouts and allowed 1.2 goals per match.

Wittich, a two-time all-HCAC selection, was second on Hanover's team with 14 points. He scored five goals and had a team-best four assists.

He led Hanover with 54 shots and 19 shots on goal. He ranked seventh in the conference with 2.85 shots per outing.

Thomsen netted two goals in his first season as a full-time starter.

Grau, a two-time all-league honoree, scored three game-winning goals during the season.

Hanover finished the 2013 season with a 10-8-2 record, including a 6-2-1 mark and third-place finish in the Heartland Conference. The Panthers set school records for overall and league wins and also had a school-record six-match winning streak.

Two honored for volleyball play

Kylie Justus and Rachel Hasewinkel have earned first-team all-league honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Justus, a senior defensive specialist from Crawfordsville, was named the Heartland Conference's most valuable defensive player for the third year in a row. She was joined on the first team by Hasewinkel, a sophomore outside hitter from Sheridan in her first season with the Panthers.

Justus has earned the league's top defensive honor in three of the six seasons the award has been presented. She led Hanover with 615 digs and ranked second in the HCAC with 5.38 digs per set.

She ranks second in school history with 2,108 digs, trailing only Elizabeth Loechle, who totaled 2,174 digs from 2004-07.

Justus, who was fourth on the Panthers with 26 service aces, also earned a spot on the HCAC's all-sportsmanship team.

Hasewinkel led Hanover's offense with 369 kills. She ranked second in the conference with 3.17 kills per set and was fourth in the league with 3.51 points per set.

She also added 282 digs, 29 total blocks and 23 aces.

The Panthers finished the 2013 campaign with a 16-16 record, marking the program's fourth consecutive season with at least 16 victories.

Hanover placed fourth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 5-4 record. The squad advanced to the championship match of the HCAC's postseason tournament.