March 21, 2013

Gophers Take Great Deal of Pride in Knocking Off Pride

Maxwell Takes First Loss After 10-0 Start in Singles Play

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico — Goucher concluded its Spring Break trip here by winning two of the three doubles matches and then adding four more victories in singles play to come out on top against Springfield (Mass.), 6-3, at Palmas Del Mar today.

The Gophers (7-1) emerged from the doubles competition leading 2-1 thanks to an 8-2 win by Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) and Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) over Samantha Carney and Erin Woodbury at No. 1 and a 8-1 triumph by Addie Maxwell (Southwest Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) and Alex Walsh (Greens Farm, Conn./Staples) over Sydney Streimer and Ashley Duhaime at No. 2.

The Pride (6-7) picked up a point at No. 3 doubles where Melanie Thulin and Ariana Shemms defeated Kelsey Turner (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends) and Emily Ruff (Easton, Md./Easton), 8-5.

Lin and Carney completed only three games at No. 1 singles before Carney was forced to retire, which gave Goucher one of its four wins in singles play. The others came from Lee at No. 2 as she turned back Woodbury 6-1, 7-5, Walsh at No. 3 as she rallied from being down a set to knock off Streimer 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) and Ruff, who was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Duhaime at No. 6. Ruff is unbeaten in the seven singles matches she has played for the Gophers in 2012-13.

Even though she won the second set to even her match at No. 5 against Thulin, Maxwell suffered her first loss of the season in singles play when Thulin posted a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) victory. Maxwell's record slipped to 10-1, but she remains the team leader in singles wins.