Hanover’s Franchini & Rose-Hulman’s Kowalkowski Claim Men’s Soccer MVPs

Hanover’s Franchini & Rose-Hulman’s Kowalkowski Claim Men’s Soccer MVPs

GREENWOOD, IN – Hanover College’s Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Batesville) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Nick Kowalkowski (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way) have been named the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players.  Franchini helped guide the Panthers to a share of the school’s first HCAC title, while Kowalkowski helped the Engineers earn a share of the regular season title and the school’s third-straight HCAC tournament title.

Franchini led the Hanover offense this season, leading the conference in points and goals.  The junior forward scored 15 goals and totaled 31 points to lead the Panthers scoring attack.  In conference matches, Franchini led the league with nine goals and 18 points scored in nine matches. 

Kowalkowski earned Defensive MVP for his efforts this fall.  The junior defender anchored a defensive unit that allowed a conference-best five goals in nine conference matches.  The Rose-Hulman defense also registered six shutouts in conference play and 10 shutouts overall this season.

Rose-Hulman’s Erik Eksten (Crown Point, Ind./H.S.) has been selected as the 2015 HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Eksten, a defender for the Engineers, assisted the top rated defense in the HCAC all season.  The freshman also contributed three goals and an assist for the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sean Helliwell has been named the 2015 HCAC Coach of the Year, earning his sixth honor as the head man for the Engineers.  Helliwell has led Rose-Hulman to a 13-2-5 record this season, earning the school’s fifth HCAC regular season and tournament crown.

Eleven players join Franchini and Kowalkowski as First-Team All-HCAC members. Those players include Earlham’s Jacob Ebbs (Sr., Brookline, Mass.) and Nicholas Dey (So., Newport News, Va.), Hanover’s Rafael Di Maio (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Alex McSweeney (Jr., Louisville, Ky.), Rose-Hulman’s Ben Lyon (Jr., Westfield, Ind.), Mike Smyser (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.), Austin Webb (So., West Lafayette, Ind.), Dieter Schultz (Sr., Dyer, Ind.), and Turner Perkins (So., Danville, Ind.), and Transylvania’s Tate Spivey (Sr., Harrodsburg, Ky.), and Riley Calhoon (So., Lexington, Ky.).

All teams are voted and selected by the 10 conference head coaches.

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Enrico Franchini, Hanover College

Defensive Most Valuable Player:  Nick Kowalkowski, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year: Erik Eksten, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Coach of the Year: Sean Helliwell, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology               

First Team All-HCAC

Nicholas Dey

Earlham

Sophomore

Midfield

Newport News, Va.

Jacob Ebbs

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Brookline, Mass.

Rafael Di Maio

Hanover

Junior

Goalkeeper

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Alex McSweeney

Hanover

Junior

Back

Louisville, Ky.

Enrico Franchini

Hanover

Junior

Forward

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nick Kowalkowski

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

New Lenox, Ill.

Mike Smyser

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Back

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ben Lyon

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Forward

Westfield, Ind.

Austin Webb

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Forward

West Lafayette, Ind.

Dieter Schultz

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Midfield

Dyer, Ind.

Turner Perkins

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Midfield

Danville, Ind.

Tate Spivey

Transylvania

Senior

Back

Harrodsburg, Ky.

Riley Calhoon

Transylvania

Sophomore

Midfield

Lexington, Ky.

Second Team All-HCAC

TiQi Brown

Earlham

Senior

Back

Turlok, Calif.

Mussa Ibrahim

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Austin Storm

Franklin

Sophomore

Back

Greenwood, Ind.

Austin Fundenberger

Franklin

Senior

Forward

Indianapolis, Ind.

Dominic Isadore

Hanover

Sophomore

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio

Matt Eldridge

Hanover

Junior

Midfield

Louisville, Ky.

Matthew Hand

Hanover

Senior

Midfield

Auckland, New Zealand

Tod Oram

Manchester

Sophomore

Forward

Crown Point, Ind.

Tyler Schumann

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

Back

Cincinnati, Ohio

Erik Eksten

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Back

Crown Point, Ind.

Alex Jansen

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Midfield

Johnsburg, Ill.

Cody Waltrip

Transylvania

Senior

Goalkeeper

Louisville, Ky.

Blake Chidester

Transylvania

Junior

Forward

Brentwood, Tenn.

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Guimps Pierre

Anderson

Junior

Midfield

Norwalk, Conn.

Brian Stout

Anderson

Sophomore

Back

Ypsilanti, Mich.

Ryan Johnson-Evers

Bluffton

Senior

Back

Muskego, Wis.

Matt Hardman-Zimmerman

Bluffton

Junior

Goalkeeper

Forest City, Penn.

Blayne Robbins

Defiance

Senior

Back

Galva, Ill.

Nick Kleptz

Defiance

Sophomore

Back

Troy, Ohio

Nicola Manni

Earlham

Freshman

Goalkeeper

Vandalia, Ohio

Mason Krupa

Franklin

Sophomore

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind.

Zach Barnes

Hanover

Sophomore

Back

Seymour, Ind.

Julio Luevano

Manchester

Senior

Back

Aguascalientes, Mexico

Zach Kuebler

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

Back

Hilliard, Ohio

Trevor Bednarek

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Back

Muskego, Wis.

Jacob Gantt

Transylvania

Sophomore

Midfield

Louisville, Ky.

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Jon King

Anderson

Senior

Midfield

Germantown, Ohio

Appiah Adubofour

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Kumasi, Ghana

Brian Kurtz

Defiance

Junior

Midfield

Sandusky, Ohio

Pelle Tracey

Earlham

Junior

Midfield

Shepherdstown, W.V.

Zach Shoufler

Franklin

Senior

Back

Fortville, Ind.

Jace Gentil

Hanover

Junior

Forward

Wadesville, Ind.

Colin Singer

Manchester

Sophomore

Midfield

Columbus, Ind.

Michael Huber

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

Back

New Richmond, Ohio

Charles Lynch

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

Midfield

Oviedo, Fla.

Jacob Gantt

Transylvania

Sophomore

Midfield

Louisville, Ky.