HCAC Champs

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Jay Jones presents the HCAC championship trophy to the Hanover College seniors after the Panthers were awarded the conference title on Wednesday.

Hanover College football was awarded its third-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship Wednesday after the team’s season officially came to an end.

Hanover was scheduled to close out the abbreviated spring season with a trip to Anderson today, but the game was canceled by Anderson. Hanover finished the campaign with a 4-0 mark with wins over Defiance, Bluffton, Rose-Hulman and Franklin. A game against Mount St. Joseph was switched to a controlled scrimmage and games against Manchester and Anderson were canceled.

Prior to the season, the HCAC administration and coaches agreed to recognize a conference champion following the completion of the season, requiring that a team play at least 50% of its schedule. Hanover finished the season as the only unbeaten team in the league.

Softball sweeps Rose-Hulman

Hanover softball swept past Rose-Hulman at home on Thursday, winning 5-1 and 4-1.

Kendra Hutchison finished a home run short of the cycle by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Panthers in the opener. Kensie Bradley had two hits and scored twice and Lily Beurman had a double and two RBIs.

Beurman (3-6) also picked up the win in the circle after striking out 11, walking one and not allowing an earned run in seven innings.

Beurman had two hits including a double to lead Hanover in the game two win. Katherine Dickinson had a hit, an RBI and a run scored and Rachel Cox had a hit and two RBIs.

Courtney Chookie (3-3) picked up the win after giving up one earned run on five hits in five innings. Beurman picked up her second save of the season after two scoreless innings in relief.

Hanover, now 6-11 on the season, travels to Anderson for two games today and then hosts Bluffton for a pair next Saturday.

Baseball rolls over Mount

Hanover cranked out five extra-base hits as the Panthers rolled over Mount St. Joseph 9-1 in baseball Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Alex Christie hit a home run and doubled while going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Panthers. Charlie Burton was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, and Connor Farnsley and Cole Sherman added doubles for the Panthers.

Justin Pope (1-2) allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win for the Panthers. Cooper French worked a scoreless ninth.

Hanover, now 14-11 overall, hosts Anderson for two games today and heads to Rose-Hulman for a pair on Sunday.

Men’s lacrosse whips Mount

Hanover men’s lacrosse had little trouble with Mount St. Joseph, rolling to a 17-2 win at home on Wednesday.

The Panthers out-shot Mount 65-16 in the game and forced 28 turnovers. Hanover was also 34-for-39 on clears and picked up 61 ground balls.

Ian Kimmins had four goals and three assists for Hanover, while Jackson Wheeler had three goals and an assist, and Josh Perkins and Eric Hopkins each had three goals. Sean O’Meara stopped three shots in 42 minutes in goal to pick up the win.

Hanover, now 4-3 on the season, hosts Earlham today.

Women’s lacrosse falls to Transy

Hanover women’s lacrosse lost 18-7 at Transylvania on Wednesday.

Taylor McNally-Henriksen scored three goals to lead the Panthers while Milah Young had two goals and an assist. Masi McNally-Henriksen had a goal and two assists and Anne Breeding had a goal for Hanover.

The Panthers, now 1-4 on the season, host Mount St. Joseph today and head to Anderson on Tuesday.