Baltimore, MD – Goucher's field hockey program finished on a winning note this afternoon, 5-0, over the Drew University Rangers on a sun-drenched day when it honored its seven seniors. The Gophers dominated play on Beldon field as they outshot the Rangers 24-6 and had 12 penalty corners to three taken by the Rangers. Drew goalies registered 10 saves and were under constant pressure from the Gopher attack all afternoon.
This group of senior graduates has a four year combined record of 32-32 and one Landmark Conference playoff appearance (2016). In the four years prior to their arrival, the team won a total of 17 games. Needless to say, these seven women had a significant impact on the program's growth and development. The seniors honored today in a pre-game ceremony were: Shannara Bauer (Bethlehem, CT), Erin Carrigan (Sparrows Point, MD), Olivia Dickert (Montville, NJ), Emily Jewel (San Diego, CA), Sarah Shklanko (Huntington Beach, CA), Kristen Shklanko (Huntington Beach, CA), and Liz Zengel (Smithfield, VA).
Three of the five goals scored today were registered by seniors. Senior Olivia Dickert (Montville, NJ) opened up the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 15:18 mark to put the Gophers up for good, 1-0. The second goal of the first half came from junior Jackie Juarez (Glendora, CA) from the left side on an assist from first-year and fellow Californian Arianna Hooper (Poway, CA).
The Gophers began the second half with a 2-0 lead and it was two seniors who took little time to get them on the board again by scoring at 43:45. It was Dickert once again - on a tap-in behind the goalie – assisted by senior Emily Jewel (San Diego, CA) to put the Gophers up 3-0. Sophomore Valerie Mendoza (San Diego, CA) tallied an unassisted goal at 51:53, and Sarah Shklanko (Huntington Beach, CA) closed out the scoring at 62:40 to make the final score 5-0.
Today's win represents Head Coach Megan Williams' 40th victory in her sixth season as the Gopher head coach, ranking her first all-time in program history ahead of Andrea Bradley (39 wins ) and Joan Keyser (38 wins).
This completes the Gophers 2017 campaign as they finish the season with a 5-10 record (2-5 Landmark) and they finish in sixth place in the eight-team Landmark Conference. Drew finished their season at 0-15, 0-7 in the Landmark, and in 8th place in the conference.