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. Graphics of the nominees in each category will also be posted on Instagram, but the number of likes will not be counted from Instagram.
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 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
Next we have the Sophomore Performance of the Year. This category is for one singular game or event that a sophomore student-athlete performed well in and in most cases so did the team.
Tes DeJaeger | Women's Volleyball
Twenty-twenty is a big stat in any sports and DeJaeger turned the trick in a 3-2 win against Washington on September 18, finishing with 21 digs and 21 assists. She posted seven assists in a 28-26 first-set win and then added five assists in a 25-23 second-set victory to put the Gophers up two sets. After posting seven assists in the next two sets, DeJaeger registered two assists in the final set to help Goucher to the victory!
Rashaan Evans | Men's Lacrosse
Evans became more of a feeder than scorer in 2020, but he did turn up the offense with four goals and two assists in a 15-7 win against Marymount on March 4. Evans and senior would have a nice connection in 2020 and that was put on display in this game against the Saints. Evans set up Woodson at 8:48 in the first quarter to tie the game at 1 before Woodson set up Evans at 7:37 to give the Gophers the lead for good. Evans set up Woodson at 5:39 and then Woodson again returned the favor to help Goucher jump out to a 4-1 lead thanks to two goals and two assists. Evans then scored two goals in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
Julia Gazzola | Women's Lacrosse
Gazzola saved her best game of the season for the last after scoring five goals in an 11-9 win against Notre Dame on March 10. Gazzola started her day with a tally to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead with 14:15 left in the first half. Trailing 7-3, the sophomore started a decisive 8-2 run to rally for the win with two tallies to end the first half with twine hitters at 3:04 and 1:37 to trim the margin to 7-5 at the break. She then started and completed a 5-0 run in the final 23:48 of the game to rally her team to the win by scoring at 23:48 and 4:53 to cap the win.
Anais Gill | Women's Tennis
Gill won her first three matches at the Goucher Invitational in September before falling in her last match. She won her first match 6-0, 6-0 and then gutted out a 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 three-set victory. The sophomore then won 6-3, 6-2 before falling in three-sets to end the tournament , 6-3, 5-7, 10-3.
Julian Gonzalez | Men's Golf
Gonzalez shot a 76 to finish second to help the Goucher men's golf team win the Landmark Conference Fall Preview on October 5. The sophomore, who finished five strokes behind the medalist, had a one-over par 38 on the first nine holes after bogeys on No. 1 and 3 and a birdie on No. 9. He then posted a three-over 38 on the final nine holes thanks to a bogey on No. 12 and a double bogey on No. 16.
Laila Hanson | Cross Country
Hanson finished third with a time of 28:51.47 to help the women's cross country team repeat as champion at the Goucher College Cross Country Classic on October 5.
Cam Issacs | Men's Basketball
Isaacs game against Catholic started out with six points in the first half and then a 21-point final 20 minutes gave the sophomore a career-high 27 points in an 86-70 win against Catholic on February 20. In the second half, Isaacs gave the Gophers the lead for good on two free throws with 11:12 remaining and then hit a key jumper as the shot clock was expiring at 4:24. Isaacs then scored nine of the final 10 points after going 6 of 6 at the charity stripe before again beating the shot clock with a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to complete the win to send out his seniors on a high in their final home game.
Brian Kane | Men's Tennis
Kane advanced to the championship match of the B4 Singles at the ITA Southeast Regional on October 4-5. The sophomore had to battle to get out of the first round with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (14-12) three-set thriller in the first round before taking care of business in the quarterfinals, 6-1,6-1.Kane advanced to the championship game thanks to a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (4) win in the semifinals before falling 6-1, 6-4 in the title bout.
Neli La Court Ruiz | Track & Field
La Court Ruiz is known as a volleyball player, but she joined the track and field team this year and showed her speed at the Landmark Conference Championships on February 20, finish 11th in the 60m dash with a time of 8.51.
Zach LaFaver | Men's Soccer
LaFaver got the scoring started in a 3-2 win against Wilson on October 8. The sophomore took a pass from Brandon Cohen and twinkled the twine at the 9:23 mark in the first half to get the Gophers on the scoreboard and give the team the lead it would not relinquish.
Jackson Penner | Men's Swimming
Penner didn't spend much time in the pool, but made sure that he was the fastest man in the pool when he was in the water in a tri-match with Marymount and Gallaudet on October 19. Penner won the 50 back with a time of 28.69, the 50 free with a time of 23.77 and the 100 free with a time of 52.40.
Lily Shaffer | Women's Soccer
Shaffer had three assists on the year that led to two wins, but her assist at 38:04 to Kendall Belmont gave Goucher an early 1-0 lead and the momentum against Juniata on October 10. Goucher would hold onto the advantage and earn a 2-0 win to end a 14-game winless streak in conference play.
Hallie Stewart | Women's Swimming
Stewart advanced to the B Final of the Landmark Conference Swimming Championships and finished 14th overall in the 1650 free.
Mia Wiggins | Field Hockey
Wiggins had a hand in five of the eight goals in an 8-0 win against Ferrum on September 8, finishing with two goals and three assists. The sophomore gave the team the lead for good unassisted at 8:30 in the first before she assisted Ari Hooper at 12:15 for a 2-0 lead. She then scored a tally In the second at 17:49 and then assisted goals by Alexyss Pawlak (35:48) and Danielle Johnson (50:59) in the win.
Anise Williams | Women's Basketball
Williams is known for her defense and her point total, but it wasn't a career-high that helped Goucher women's basketball end a 50-game conference losing streak. The sophomore posted 28 points, nine rebounds and six steals in a 71-67 win against Juniata on February 5. Williams posted 14 points in the first half and 10 in the Goucher 18-point third quarter. Williams then made the final four at the line with 26 seconds left and sealed the win with two charity tosses with 17 seconds remaining for a four-point victory.
Voting has ended. Thank you for voting! We will announce the winner in May!