Katherine Fournel Renner '04
According to Coach Patte Zumbrun, “When Kate arrived at Goucher as a freshman, she had a significant impact on the riding team's success and was the lynchpin that set the team’s winning record in motion.” She was essentially the first really competitive open rider that Coach Zumbrun ever had and she made all the difference in her ability to recruit other talented riders to the program
During her freshman campaign, Fournel Renner ranked third in the Affiliated National Riding Commission (ANRC) championship, scoring 81.185 points – the highest individual finish for third-placed Goucher that year.
Fournel Renner returned in 2002 to the ANRC to place sixth in overall individual competition. She posted the third-highest score in the hunter trials, which helped her overall performance in the event. The Gophers finished sixth overall in the event with 224.43 points.
In 2003, Fournel Renner led the Gophers to their first-ever regional championship and improved upon her performance at the ANRC Championships, clinching a fourth-place finish with 82.72 points. Prior to the ANRC Championships, the rider from Raleigh, NC secured her way to nationals with a first-place finish in Open Fences at the IHSA Zone IV Championships.
In Goucher riding’s first-ever appearance at the national championships, Fournel Renner finished eighth of 18 riders in open equitation over fences –marking the second top ten performer in any national event for the Gophers.
Over the course of her career, Kate earned the Neena Tolley Ewing, Ruth Baird Thompson and Janet McBrien Awards at Goucher College.
Ashley Snyder Cromwell '05
Snyder came to Goucher from Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, MD. When she first stepped on campus, a year after Goucher led Division III in goals per game (17.0), coach Kara Carlin stated, “Ashley has a tremendous knowledge of the game of lacrosse, and the speed and endurance to match. We think she is ready to make an immediate and huge difference on our team.”
Carlin was not mistaken, as Snyder went on to start 16-of-17 games for the preseason nationally ranked #16 Goucher Gophers. She went on to produce a team-high 30 goals while adding four assists, 22 ground balls and 18 draw controls. The tenacious attack player scored in all but three games during her freshman campaign, including a season-high five goals against Catholic University. The Gophers ended the season with an 8-9 (CAC 1-4) record.
In 2003 Snyder tallied 37 goals and 10 assists for a total of 47 points. The Gophers season ended in the CAC quarterfinals with a 17-9 loss to Marymount on the road. Overall, Goucher finished 6-10 (CAC 1-4) despite 87 goals from Snyder and teammate Kate Howell.
The Gophers improved their record in 2004, finishing 12-5 overall and 3-2 in CAC play. Snyder was an essential member of the team scoring 54 goals while dishing out 18 assists. She notched her career-high during the 2004 season with a seven-goal performance against Randolph-Macon, a game in which she also scored her 100th career goal. However, her impact did not remain on one end of the field, as she caused 23 turnovers to accompany 71 groundballs and 65 draw controls. When the 2004 season came to a close, Snyder ranked 14th in the nation with 3.82 draw controls per game. The Gophers advanced to the CAC semifinal, where they fell to St. Mary’s (MD).
Snyder’s senior season was also her best season. She recorded a team-high 65 goals and 13 assists for a total of 78 points. She ranked 10th in the nation in goals per game (4.06) and 20th in the nation in points per game (4.88). The Gophers went on to defeat #13 St. Mary’s (MD) 7-6 and #19 Catholic 15-14 where Snyder netted a combined three goals. She also went on unleash three goals against #1 Salisbury in a 16-8 loss during the CAC championship game.
In 2004 Snyder earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-CAC honors. For her efforts in 2005, Snyder earned First Team All-American honors – the fourth Goucher women’s lacrosse player to do so. She was also named First Team All-Region and First Team All-CAC in 2005. The attack player from Millington, MD currently sits sixth all-time in scoring (186), fourth in draw controls (173) and fifth in career points (231). She also holds the single-season ground ball record with 71 during the 2004 season.
Justin Dunn '11
In 2008, Justin Dunn was recruited to Goucher as an attackman, but in 2009, he made the transition to defense making his presence known very quickly. From 2009-2011, if you were in need of defense, you were calling on Dunn. He was a force to be reckoned with and master of the caused turnover.
Dunn was a three-year starter for the Gophers, making 50 starts in 50 games. In that time he posted 162 groundballs and a Goucher College career record, 140, caused turnovers. In addition to the career record, Dunn holds the record for caused turnovers in a single season (59) and caused turnovers in a single game (7) – a feat he accomplished four times, and twice against nationally ranked opponents.
During his tenure at Goucher College the men’s lacrosse team went 46-20 (.697), advancing to four Landmark conference tournaments, three Landmark Conference championships and the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In 2009, Dunn started 15-of-15 games and helped Goucher to a 10-5 record overall and 5-2 record in Landmark Conference play. Prior to the season coach Kyle Hannan stated about Dunn, “He can step right in and be the third starter on close defense.” Dunn made his coach prophetic during his debut season as a defenseman managing 24 caused turnovers and 39 ground balls for the staunch Gophers defense, earning him Landmark Conference First Team honors.
In 2010, Dunn continued his dominance of defense, aiding the Gophers to a 14-4 record overall and their first Landmark Conference championship. By the end of the season, Goucher boasted a winning percentage of .778, which ranked 14th in the nation. Additionally, the defense allowed only 6.89 goals against per game, ranking 16th in the nation. Dunn paired up with goalkeeper, Chris Stricklin ’10, who finished the season ranked 5th in the nation in goals against average (6.38).
During that championship year, Dunn led the team with 59 caused turnovers and 70 ground balls. His mark in caused turnovers still stands as a Goucher College season record. Dunn was named a USILA All-American Honorable Mention and First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree for the 2010 season.
Dunn and the Gophers’ defense remained steadfast in 2011, allowing only 7.65 goals per game, ranking second in the Landmark Conference. As a senior, Dunn went on to generate a team-high 46 caused turnovers and 53 groundballs. For the second year in a row, he was named a USILA All-American Honorable Mention and earned All-Landmark First Team honors for the third consecutive year.
Dunn is one of eight individuals to earn Division III All-American honors in Goucher College men’s lacrosse history.