WINCHESTER, Va. — Goucher entered today's game with a 2-0 record in games where the Gophers were forced to compete with one less player than their opposition. This afternoon, though, injuries forced them to play with two fewer players, and they were unable to overcome that obstacle in a 17-5 loss at Shenandoah.
Stefi Perry (Houston, Texas/Klein) opened up the scoring for Goucher (2-3) just over a minute into the contest, but Shenandoah (2-3) responded with four unanswered strikes. An unassisted tally from Hannah Mae Brown (Pinedale, Wyo./Dunn School) momentarily stopped the bleeding with 15:01 to go before three goals in a row from the Hornets' Liz Berelt, two of which were scored in penalty situations, made it 7-2.
Shenandoah added two more goals before the break to take a seven-goal advantage into the second half, and Goucher never got any closer.
Brown and Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew's Episcopal) led the Gophers with two goals apiece, with each continuing their streaks of scoring in every game so far this season. Brown also had Goucher's only assist, along with a team-high five draw controls. Emily Gill (White Hall, Md./North Harford) registered 11 saves in goal for the Gophers.
The Hornets ended the contest with a 30-17 lead in shots, and they additionally held an 18-12 edge in ground balls. Berelt and Miranda Rudacille each finished with four goals for Shenandoah.
Goucher has a pair of home games next week, beginning on Monday with a 4 p.m. tilt against Medaille. The Mavericks have played only one game thus far, a 19-2 setback against Rochester on March 1.