TOWSON, Md. – The Goucher College field hockey team (1-2, Landmark 0-0) earned its first win of the 2017 season, 4-0, over Hood College on Beldon Field Wednesday evening.
The Gophers were led by sophomore Meghan Oakes (Boothbay, Maine) with a hat trick – the first of her career. Prior to the matchup, Oakes had scored one goal for Goucher, exactly 366 days prior to her performance this evening.
Senior Olivia Dickert (Montville, N.J.) provided the other goal for the Gophers. First-year Ariana Hooper (Poway, Calif) and junior Sam Klock (Ashburn, Va.) added an assist each, rounding out the Gophers 10 points on the evening.
Goucher spared little time at the beginning of the game, as Oakes buried her first shot of the game into the back of the net, taking advantage of a rebound off a shot by Hooper. Nearly 20 minutes later, Dickert doubled the score in a similar situation, taking advantage of a rebound off a Klock shot.
Oakes scored her second goal of the game only five minutes into the second half, carrying the ball toward the cage and drilling a low hard shot passed the goal keeper. She completed her hat trick 14 minutes later, sealing the Gophers victory in fashion.
Goucher dominated possession throughout the entire game, not allowing a single shot from their opponents. On the other end of the field, the Gophers posted 35 shots, including 20 shots on goal.
Senior Liz Zengel (Smithfield, Va.) returned to the field for her first matchup of the season and earned a win in goal. Time in net was split between Hailey Poisal and Nicole Bennett for the Blazers. Bennett stopped 11 shots on goal while Poisal accumulated five saves in the game.
The Gophers are home on Sunday, September 10th at 1 p.m. against Gwynedd Mercy.