Coaches Go with Lin as Landmark's Top Player in 2012-13

Coaches Go with Lin as Landmark's Top Player in 2012-13

Lee Joins Teammate as First-Team Selection for Singles

TOWSON, Md. — Four players who combined to go 56-16 in singles play this season for Goucher earned spots on the 2013 All-Landmark Conference Women's Tennis Team.

One of the four was also selected Player of the Year.

Voting that determined the All-Landmark selections announced this morning was done by the conference's seven head coaches. They came up with a first team and a second team, with each one consisting of six players being recognized for their performance in singles play during the 2012-13 season and three sets of two players who were deemed worthy of all-conference accolades for achievements in doubles competition.

Clearly, in the opinion of the coaches, Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) was the top player in the Landmark Conference this season. The sophomore, who was the Landmark's Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, becomes the first female tennis player from Goucher be named a conference Player of the Year since 1994 when Yumi Mitarai shared that honor in the Capital Athletic Conference along with Leslie Roland from Mary Washington.

Lin, who competed exclusively at No. 1 singles for head coach Sally Baum this season, finished with a 16-3 record, good enough to make the All-Landmark first team.

Goucher had a second first-team selection in Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill), who played primarily at No. 2 for the Gophers. In her final season of eligibility, she went 12-5 in singles play.

Alex Walsh (Greens Farm, Conn./Staples) and Addie Maxwell (Southwest Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) both played their way onto the All-Landmark second team in singles. Walsh, a sophomore, won nine times at No. 3 and went 13-3 overall in singles; Maxwell, a senior who generally held down the No. 4 spot in the lineup, defeated 15 of her 20 opponents during singles competition.

Lin and Lee formed one of the three doubles pairings that the coaches thought was deserving of first-team recognition. Together they went 14-3 for Goucher at first doubles in 2012-13.

For guiding the Gophers to a 12-5 record and the No. 1 seed in the conference's postseason tournament, Baum and her assistant Rich Gavell were chosen by her peers as the Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year. Baum received similar honors in 2008 and 2011, and before that, in 2005 when she and Dana Dowd from Catholic were named Co-Coaches of the Year in the CAC.