BALTIMORE, Md. – Over the next couple of weeks, Goucher College Athletics is going to highlight performances of the year. While our main goal is to promote positive events that happened to the Gophers in 2019-20, we are going to add some intrigue with a voting contest with each category. Votes can be cast on the athletics website, Facebook (each like counts as a vote) and Twitter (through a poll). Graphics of the nominees in each category will also be posted on Instagram, but the number of likes will not be counted.
Voting will last 36 hours, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. the following night. Below is the schedule that we will follow:
April 13-14 – Freshman Performance of the Year
April 16-17 – Sophomore Performance of the Year
April 20-21 – Junior Performance of the Year
April 23-24 – Senior Performance of the Year
April 27-28 – Game/Event of the Year
April 30-May 1- Video Highlight of the Year
We will start with the Freshman Performance of the Year. This category is for one singular game or events that a freshman student-athlete performed well in and in most cases so did the team.
Here are the nominees for Freshman Performance of the Year:
Rachel Chapman | Women's Volleyball
Chapman posted 15 kills in a 3-2 win against Washington on September 18. In the first set, she had three kills and registered her lone ace of the season to clinch the first set, 28-26. The freshman added four kills in the second set including points 23 and 24 before the Gophers won the set on a Shorewomen attack error, 25-23. Chapman added four kills in the third set and three kills in the fourth set in wins by Washington to set up a decisive fifth set. She added her 15 kill to give the Gophers a 5-1 lead en route to a 15-12 win to clinch the match.
Cole Jackson | Equestrian
Jackson had nine regional wins, but he was in the spotlight at the Winter Classic I Tournament on January 25. Facing some of the top riders in the country including Savannah Art & Design, who has finished in the Top-2 of the national championship for the last five years, finished second in the intermediate fences and fifth in the intermediate flat. For his efforts, he was awarded the reserve champion low collegiate medal.
Megan Kelleher | Women's Soccer
Student-athletes dream of scoring the game-winning goal and for Kelleher her first chance came in her first collegiate contest. After a scoreless standstill in regulation, the two teams moved to the extra session. Gracie LeFevre took a pass with a defender on her and passed it back to Kelleher, who then found the high netting from outside the box for the decisive tally at 93:28 to give the Gophers the 1-0 win against Gwynedd Mercy on August 30.
Josh Lichti | Men's Basketball
Lichti, a native of Harrisonburg, Va., played five games in his home state in his freshman year and it is only fitting that his best performance happened in the Old Dominion. Lichti scored a career-high 16 points to help the Gophers to a 76-55 win against Christendom on November 19. After scoring nine points in the first half, the freshman scored seven points in a 19-11 run to help Goucher start to pull away. Lichti was 6-for-10 from the floor, 2 of 4 from behind the arc and 2-2 from the free throw line while stuffing the stat sheet with four steals, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Randi Marshall | Women's Golf
With two All-Landmark Conference performers studying abroad, Marshall stepped up in her first Landmark Conference competition, finishing fifth at the Landmark Conference Fall Preview hosted by the Gophers. The freshman ended the one-day event six strokes behind the medalist with a 95 to finish as the top Goucher golfer in fifth place to help the team to a fourth-place standing.
Ceri McCaffrey | Women's Tennis
With the women's tennis team coming off its first Landmark Conference postseason since 2013. McCaffrey stepped right in and contributed. The freshman only lost one match on the year, but she put her talents on display at the Goucher Invitational on September 28-29. The freshman gave up nine games in her four matches including just two games in her final two matches of the invitational. McCaffrey won her first match 6-1, 6-2 and her second match 6-2, 6-2 before taking her third match 6-0. 6-0 and her final match of the event, 6-2, 6-0.
Isaiah Perry | Men's Soccer
Perry scored the final two goals to give Goucher a three-goal advantage with Wilson scoring twice in the final 13 minutes both of those tallies became important scores for the Gophers in a 3-2 win against the Phoenix on October 8. After Zach LaFaver handed the team a 1-0 lead in the 10 minute, Pach Odolla set up Perry at 25:57 to give Goucher a 2-0 lead at the break. The duo would hook up again early in the second half at 49:56 to give the Gophers a 3-0 lead.
Kyani Quarles | Women's Basketball
Quarles played five games on the road before she could make her Decker Sports and Recreation Center debut, but she made herself known to the Goucher faithful in her first game in Baltimore. The freshman posted a career-high 25 points along with 13 rebounds in a 64-52 win against St. Mary's on December 1. Quarles scored 10 of the team's 15 first quarter points to take a 15-6 lead into the second quarter. After scoring four points in the second quarter to post 14 points in the first of with the Gophers leading 31-22, she added seven points in the third quarter to notch a career-high 21 points through 30 minutes. She chipped in four points in the fourth stanza to help seal a 64-52 victory. Quarles shot 11-for-16 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free throw line against the Seahawks.
Kyle Ramos | Men's Lacrosse
Ramos saved the best for last so to speak. The freshman had a career-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers, but it was his fifth ground ball that turned out to be the biggest one of them all against Neumann on March 11 with the game tied at 9 in overtime. The Knights won the face-off and had two shots on goal before one of their players couldn't handle a pass and the ball went right to Ramos, who scooped up the ball and started what turned into the game-winning goal by Matt Woodson for a 10-9 win.
Voting has ended. Results will be announced in May.