Gophers Pin 4-2 Setback on Express to Stay Unbeaten

TOWSON, Md. — Four different players scored goals for Goucher this afternoon as the Gophers picked up their second win of the young season, a 4-2 triumph over Wells.

It was the first time the two teams had met in the sport of field hockey since 1992 and Goucher prevailed in that game, 4-3.

The Gophers (2-0) were awarded a total of 18 penalty corners in today's contest and the first one produced their first goal. Justine Ruhlin (Cornish, Maine/Sacopee Valley) inserted the ball to Lizzie Barminski (Ventura, Calif./Buena), who quickly ripped a shot that went in past the opposing goalie before four minutes had elapsed.

Barmisnki set up the second goal, which was tallied by Rachel Crain (Charlotte Hall, Md./Chopticon), who managed to knock in a deflection right in front of the goal at 14:26.

Goucher's lead ballooned to 3-0 midway through the first half on a tap-in goal by Ruhlin, with an assist going to Crain. The goal was the senior forward's 23rd in her four seasons with the Gophers, leaving her only two shy of becoming just the sixth player in school history to reach 25 career goals.

Barmisnki, Crain and Ruhlin also got into the scoring act for Goucher in the season-opening 3-0 victory over Bethany (W.Va.), so for each, the goal today was their second of the 2014 campaign.

The Express (0-2), who were outshot 22-2 in the first half and 34-3 for the game, did manage to knock their deficit down to 3-2 by halftime. Marina Fargnoli had a hand in both goals, scoring the first on a hard, low shot from the top, and then assisting a goal by Courtney Bastian.

Annie Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) restored Goucher's two-goal advantage when she scored for the first time this season 13:07 into the second half. Emily Jewell (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) was awarded an assist on the play as her pass allowed Carter to get off a low shot from the top right corner.

The Gophers, who last got off to a 3-0 start in 2011, will look to duplicate that feat on Saturday, Sept. 6, when they welcome Neumann to Beldon Field for a 4 p.m. start.