Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2011

Courtney Crangi

When the 1996 Goucher College women's lacrosse team went 18-2 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship, Courtney Crangi was the leading scorer—and not just for the Gophers, but among all Division III women's lacrosse players throughout the nation that year.

Goucher had experienced losing records in women's lacrosse for seven consecutive seasons when she arrived on the scene. With Crangi in the lineup, the Gophers won their final four games to finish with a 7-6 record in 1993 and Crangi, only a freshman at the time, was their leading scorer, with 46 goals and 12 assists. She missed the entire 1994 campaign after undergoing knee surgery and the team's record slipped back below .500.

Crangi made a triumphant return in 1995.  After a close season-opening loss to Dickinson, the Gophers proceeded to capture 13 consecutive victories—and the inaugural Capital Athletic Conference championship—behind her team-high totals of 73 goals and 43 assists.

Her final season, however, was undoubtedly one for the record books. Her 99 goals and 55 assists in 1996 are still single-season school records; and her 154-point performance remains both a school and an NCAA Division III national record 15 years later.  With Crangi leading Goucher's dominating offense, the Gophers repeated as CAC champions, defeating Salisbury, 18-3, in the semifinals and Mary Washington, 18-12, in the finals.

Goucher was invited to the 1996 NCAA Division III Championship and was pitted against Roanoke in the quarterfinals. In what is still the highest-scoring game in tournament history, the Gophers defeated the Maroons, 28-16, with Crangi supplying 10 goals and six assists.  Her 16 points in that game remains the record for an NCAA Division III postseason contest in women's lacrosse.

In the history of Goucher's women's lacrosse program, Crangi ranks first all-time in assists (110), second in points (328), and third in goals (218). She shares the single-game school record for goals (12) with Allison Armiger and possesses the standards for most assists (8) and points (17) in a game outright.

Crangi was recognized as both the CAC and NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year in 1996. She was a first-team Division III All-America selection as a senior and an honorable mention as a junior, and in both years was a first-team All-Central Region and All-CAC attacker.

Her No. 25 Goucher jersey was retired in ceremonies conducted in February 1999.


Michele Mohlman Dombrowski

Over the years, Goucher College has produced Division III All-Americans in at least five different sports, but only one student-athlete was the deserving recipient of All-America honors in more than one sport during the four years he or she attended the school: Michele (Mohlman) Dombrowski.

Dombrowski earned two letters playing basketball at Goucher and was a member of the only Goucher women's basketball team to have played in an NCAA Division III Championship. But it was in field hockey and lacrosse that she truly excelled.

She enjoyed immediate success on Goucher's field hockey team, scoring two goals against Hood in the first game of her career. In 1992, the only player on the team with more goals than the 15 she tallied as a freshman was Renie Amoss, with 23.

That would be the only season, however, in which Dombrowski wasn't the Gophers' leading scorer. She supplied 17 goals in 1993, followed that up with a 15-goal, 10-assist effort in 1994, and capped off her Goucher field hockey career with 13 goals and eight assists in 1995. Since then, no one has surpassed her career records of 60 goals and 144 points.

Dombrowski, who scored two of the goals when the Gophers captured their first Capital Athletic Conference title in field hockey in 1994 with a 3-0 triumph over Salisbury, was a first-team All-CAC forward all four seasons at Goucher. She became the first field hockey player in school history to be named a Division III All-American when she made the second team in 1994, and she moved up to the first team the following year.

In lacrosse, her achievements continued. Her 37 goals as a sophomore were the most by an individual on the team in 1994. She helped fuel runs to back-to-back CAC championships by scoring 32 goals in 1995 and 63 goals in 1996.

In 1995, she was an honorable mention on the Division III All-America Team and a first-team All-CAC midfielder; in 1996, she garnered first-team honors at the conference, region, and national levels.

Dombrowski won multiple honors in the academic arena, as well. She received the intercollegiate athletic department's Scholar-Athlete Award in 1995 and was recognized twice during her senior year by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America, as Academic All-America second team in the fall and first team in the spring. She also was selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Dombrowski was named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Maryland in 1996. The No. 14 jersey she wore all four seasons in field hockey and lacrosse was retired in ceremonies conducted in February 1999.

 

Jeffrey Olenick

Before 1997, no Goucher runner had ever completed an 8,000-meter race in under 27 minutes. Jeffrey Olenick shattered that barrier in his very first attempt as a Gopher, crossing the finish line of the 1997 Retriever Invitational with a time of 26:13, finishing second in a field of 86 predominantly Division I runners.

It was just a hint of the great things to come from this gifted athlete.  Olenick recorded even faster 8,000-meter times twice again during his first season, once as a sophomore, three more times as a junior, and six times as a senior. By the time he graduated, he owned the 25 fastest times for an 8,000-meter cross country race in program history.

As a freshman, Olenick won the York Invitational, the Goucher Invitational, and the Capital Athletic Conference Championship. By placing seventh in a field of 246 runners that year at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals, he became Goucher's first representative to the NCAA Divison III Championship.

He defended his individual title at the York Invitational in 1998, and was the top runner at six different events in 1999, including the CAC Championship. He added six more first-place performances as a senior in 2000, as well as a third CAC individual title.

Olenick closed out his Goucher cross country career by placing third at the Mideast Regional meet and then ninth at the 2000 NCAA Division III Championship in Spokane, Wash., to become the first Division III All-America runner in school history.  A first-team All-CAC selection all four years he ran for the Gophers, Olenick remains the only three-time CAC Male Cross Country Runner of the Year.

But the story doesn't end there.  Although track and field wasn't an intercollegiate sport at Goucher when he arrived, Olenick joined the two-year-old program as a senior in 2001 and began breaking records anew.  He still holds indoor school records in both the 1,500 and 5,000, along with the all-time outdoor standards in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000. Following the CAC Championships, where he placed first in both the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs, he was named the conference's Co-Male Athlete of the Year, and was the sole recipient of Goucher's Coaches Award in 2001.

Olenick was also an exemplary student. He was presented with Goucher's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2000 and was named CAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.  He compiled a 3.87 GPA as a history major and was awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. 

His Goucher jersey was retired during ceremonies in February 2006.

 

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For portions of eight decades prior to her death in May 2006 at age 101, Josephine E. Fiske taught physical education classes and coached women's athletics at Goucher College.

 

Jo Fiske joined Goucher's staff in 1929 as an assistant in the physical education department and eventually worked her way up to chair of the department before retiring in 1970. She returned to teach part-time in 1976 and continued to do so beyond her 90th birthday.

 

The two sports at Goucher to which Jo Fiske is most often linked as a coach are field hockey and basketball. Although records from that era are spotty, they show her achieving a .755 winning percentage and five of her teams going undefeated in her 21 seasons as the field hockey coach.

 

For some of the same sports she coached, Jo Fiske also worked as a referee. She officiated high school and college basketball games until 1970, lacrosse until 1986 and field hockey until 1988, plus she pioneered the establishment of referee associations such as the Baltimore Basketball Board of Officials in 1931.

 

Recognized as a longtime advocate for women in sports, Jo Fiske developed a national reputation for her professional knowledge and experience in athletics and physical education. For a time the 1926 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, who later earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Columbia University's Teachers College, served as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports and as vice president of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

 

In 1996, Goucher presented Jo Fiske with its highest tribute for contributions to the college, the John Franklin Goucher Medal of Service, and in 1998, honored her by naming its field hockey facility after her.

 

The Josephine E. Fiske Gopher Pride Award, initiated in February 1986 by the Baltimore Field Hockey Association, is presented annually to as many as two student-athletes to recognize sportsmanship, citizenship, positive attitude, leadership and service to young adults or children.