Darkness Keeps Gophers, Bobcats from Finishing Match
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Goucher stubbed its toe for only the second time in 2012-13 today. Since suffering a 5-4 loss to Washington (Md.) back on March 2, head coach Sally Baum's squad was able to string together four consecutive victories, including two over Landmark Conference opponents.
That four-match winning streak ended today at McDonogh School when the Gophers were handed an 8-1 setback by Salisbury.
The Sea Gulls (9-2) came out of the doubles competiton up 3-0 as the Gophers (8-2) could win only two games in the three matches.
Unfortunately, Salisbury proved to be just as tough in singles play, winning five of the matches in straight sets. Goucher earned its only point of the match at No. 1 when Jillian Poppe of the Sea Gulls, after winning the first set, 6-2, was forced to retire due to injury after only two games had been completed in the second set. The win was credited to Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central), making her 9-3 in singles play this season.
At No. 2, Natalie Savage came out on top of Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) 6-1, 6-0.
Emily Ruff (Easton, Md./Easton) was saddled with her first loss after eight wins in singles play in 2012-13 as she bowed to Salisbury's Jessica Babyak 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.
Following the match, head coach Sally Baum's squad returned to campus to take on Frostburg St. The match, however, was suspended by darkness with the Gophers leading the Bobcats, 4-2.
Baum and her counterpart agreed that the match would not be resumed. Still, results from the three doubles matches and three singles matches that were completed do count.
Goucher's only win in doubles came at No. 1 where Lin and Lee topped Megan Martin and Megan Crowl, 8-4.
Lin was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Martin at No. 1 singles and Lee posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Crowl at No. 2. Kirsten Cianci (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) made her 2012-13 debut in Goucher's singles lineup and responded by knocking off Kayla Kirk 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8).