First Meeting Between In-State Rivals in Six Years
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. — Goucher managed only three wins in 17 tries against St. Mary's (Md.) during the 16 years the two schools were both members of the Capital Athletic Conference. And this afternoon, in the first meeting between the two in-state rivals in six years, the Gophers discovered their fortunes haven't changed.
The Seahawks, who finished with a 42-32 edge in shots, picked up 12 more ground balls than the Gophers and won 19 of the game's 25 faceoffs, soundly defeated head coach Brian Kelly's squad, 17-5.
Owen Demmerly (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) gave Goucher its only lead of the contest when he scored 4:23 into the opening period to put the Gophers (4-7) ahead 2-1.
The Seahawks (7-4) turned a 4-2 advantage after 15 minutes into a 5-2 cushion just 38 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Gordy Long. Less than a minute later, however, Blake Russell (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) knocked Goucher's deficit down to 5-3 when the freshman long-stick defensive midfielder tallied the first goal of his collegiate career.
The Gophers fell behind by as many as five goals in the second period, but Demmerly's unassisted goal with :09 showing on the clock made it an 8-4 game at the end of the first half.
Of the 10 goals that were scored in the second half, only one belonged to Goucher. It was an unassisted goal by Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) with 4:39 remaining in the third period which made the score 12-5 in favor of St. Mary's.
Patrick Mull, Ben Love and Conor Jordan each contributed three goals to the victory.
Despite the loss, Goucher is still 5-4 against CAC schools since leaving that conference to become affiliated with the Landmark Conference.