GREENWOOD, Ind. - For the third straight season, Hanover senior women's soccer player Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player as the all-conference teams have been announced the the league office.
In addition to Shroyer, senior Katie Workman (Lexington, Ky.), junior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.), and sophomore Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) have been named to the second team. Junior Claire Stockwell (Burlington, Ky.) was an honorable mention pick, and senior Taylor Browning (Indianapolis, Ind.) was chosen for the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Shroyer finishes her four-year career as one of the most decorated players in conference history. The senior was also named the league's top defensive player following both her sophomore and junior seasons and has been an HCAC first team selection all four years.
In 17 starts this fall, Shroyer helped anchor a defense that posted nine shutouts and allowed only 14 goals in 18 contests. While most of her contributions came on the defensive end of the field, she did have one goal and one assist for three points. Her one score was the only goal in the Panthers 1-0 win in double-overtime at Capital during week four. For her efforts, the HCAC named her the league's Defensive Player of the Week that week.
Since the Defensive Most Valuable Player was first given in 2010, Shroyer is the only player in HCAC history to win the honor three times.
Workman received her third all-conference accolade. The senior back teamed up with Shroyer to help Hanover record 39 shutouts over the last four years. Workman was a first team pick in 2016 and an honorable mention selection 2015.
Evanson and Brock tied for second on the team in goals (4), assists (3), and points (11). Evanson, a first team selection as a sophomore and a second team pick following her freshman year, tied for third in the HCAC with four game-winning goals, including three in 1-0 wins. The honor is the first for Brock, who started all 18 matches this fall and led the team with 32 shots.
Stockwell and Browning also earned the first recognition of their careers. Stockwell posted a pair of goals and an assist in her junior season and was second on the team with 15 shots on goal. The first of her two scores was also a game-winner in the Panther's win over Augustana (Ill.), while Browning saw action in 22 career matches.
Hanover finished the season 12-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the HCAC to mark the ninth straight season with at least 10 wins for the Panthers. Over the last four years, the four seniors have posted a 57-22-1 overall record and a 30-5-1 mark in league play.
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