Hanover’s Cornacchione, Transy’s Ghibaudy & RHIT’s Combs Headline Women’s Soccer All-HCAC Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Hanover College’s Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin), Transylvania University’s Amy Ghibaudy (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) and Rose-Hulman’s Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.) have been named the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer Co-Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players. Cornacchione, a freshman forward, helped guide the Panthers to the school’s fifth HCAC championship and second HCAC tournament title and Ghibaudy, a senior midfielder, helped the Pioneers earn an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.  Combs anchored an Engineers defense that ranked second in the HCAC this season.

Cornacchione has led the Panthers offense during the season, totaling a team-high 13 goals with four assists. The freshman ranks second in the HCAC with 13 goals scored and stands third among the leaders with 30 points. Cornacchione also earned the HCAC Freshman of the Year award for her play this season.

Ghibaudy has paced the Pioneers offense with seven goals scored this fall.  Her seven goals rank sixth in the conference this season.

Combs, a sophomore goalkeeper for Rose-Hulman, was solid in net all fall for the Engineers.  The sophomore ranks second in goals against average (0.57), while leading the conference in save percentage (.924), saves (145), and shutouts (11).

Hanover head coach Jim Watts has been named the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in his career at Hanover.  Watts has led HC to a school record 17 wins this season while earning the school’s second ever bid into the NCAA Tournament.  Hanover has also set school marks with the team’s current nine-match win streak and 15-match unbeaten streak (13-0-2).

Joining Cornacchione, Ghibaudy, and Combs on the First-Team All-HCAC are Bluffton University’s Aimee Whitmer (Sr., Grand Rapids, Ohio), Hanover College’s Rachel Alvis (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), Chloe Hutchinson (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) and Paige Byers (Sr., Noblesville, Ind.), Manchester University’s Katelyn Barta (Jr., Griffith, Ind.) and Brandy Crouse (So., Cleves, Ohio), Rose-Hulman’s Nicky Wheeler (Jr., Avon, Ind.) and Margaret Murphy (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), and Transylvania University’s Abby Felthaus (Sr., Florence, Ky.), and Anne Marie Dumaine (Sr., California, Ky.).

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Anna Cornacchione, Hanover College & Amy Ghibaudy, Transylvania University

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Lucinda Combs, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year: Anna Cornacchione, Hanover College

Coach of the Year: Jim Watts, Hanover College

1st Team All-HCAC

Aimee Whitmer

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Grand Rapids, Ohio/Otsego

Anna Cornacchione

Hanover

Freshman

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin

Rachel Alvis

Hanover

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Chloe Hutchinson

Hanover

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy

Paige Byers

Hanover

Senior

Back

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.

Katelyn Barta

Manchester

Junior

Forward

Griffith, Ind./H.S.

Brandy Crouse

Manchester

Sophomore

Forward

Cleves, Ohio/Taylor

Nicky Wheeler

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Forward

Avon, Ind./H.S.

Margaret Murphy

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Eden Prairie, Minn./H.S.

Lucinda Combs

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.

Amy Ghibaudy

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Lexington, Ky./Catholic

Abby Felthaus

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Florence, Ky./St. Henry

Anne Marie Dumaine

Transylvania

Senior

Back

California, Ky./Campbell Co.

2nd Team All-HCAC

Karly Smith

Defiance

Senior

Forward

Parma, Ohio/H.S.

Lindsay Bubnick

Defiance

Junior

Midfield

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

Kim Bingley

Defiance

Senior

Back

Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf

Gia Casaburo

Earlham

Junior

Back

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Dwenger

Vanessa Benham

Franklin

Senior

Forward

Needham, Ind./Franklin

Kayla Dragstream

Franklin

Junior

Midfield

Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.

Elaine Simpson

Hanover

Freshman

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek

Morgan Cole

Hanover

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Mason, Ohio/William Mason

Sofie Tzortzinis

Manchester

Junior

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron

Allison Rowe

Manchester

Sophomore

Back

La Quinta, Calif./H.S.

Emily Willmann

Manchester

Junior

Goalkeeper

Montpelier, Ind./Blackford

Mallory McDevitt

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Back

Wapakoneta, Ohio/H.S.

Alyssa Kruse

Transylvania

Junior

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek

Michelle Schroeck

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Fairfield, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Wynne O’Neal

Anderson

Junior

Midfield

Paragon, Ind./Martinsville

Taylor Hurley

Anderson

Freshman

Back

Maryville, Tenn./H.S.

Abby Karikas

Bluffton

Freshman

Back

Curtice, Ohio/Genoa Area

Chelsie Moyer

Defiance

Junior

Back

Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe

Annie Frodeman

Earlham

Senior

Forward

Denton, Tex./Guyer

Audra Lane

Franklin

Freshman

Back

Washington, Ind./H.S.

Megan Insley

Hanover

Sophomore

Midfield

Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington

Amber Oster

Manchester

Junior

Midfield

Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb

Mackenzie Money

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

Back

Mason, Ohio/H.S.

Madison Freeman

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

Goalkeeper

Wilder, Ky./Newport Central Catholic

Cassidy Cain

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Back

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.

Awbrey Wahle

Transylvania

Senior

Back

Lexington, Ky./Catholic

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Julie Marron

Anderson

Senior

Midfield

Danville, Ill./H.S.

Elizabeth Webb

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Ashland, Ohio/H.S.

Bibiana Parra

Defiance

Senior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

Kelly Mayhew

Earlham

Freshman

Midfield

Beavercreek, Ohio/H.S.

Rachel Lucas

Franklin

Junior

Back

Avon, Ind./H.S.

Rachel Evans

Hanover

Senior

Midfield

Urbandale, Iowa/H.S.

Trinity Schelich

Manchester

Junior

Back

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

Lauren Bishnow

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Back

Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne

Helena Bomber

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Midfield

Bargersville, Ind./Center Grove

Kelsey Meece

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Somerset, Ky./H.S.