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 27-28 – Competition of the Year
April 30-May 1- Video Highlight of the Year
Next we have the Competition of the Year. The first four categories focused on individual performances, but with Competition of the Year the focus is on a positive team result. Here are the nominees:
Women's Volleyball | Goucher 3, Washington 2 (September 18, 2019)
Tes DeJaeger said in the preseason preview that the team wanted to win more five-set matches. In 2019, they only had one opportunity but seized the chance. Despite jumping out to a two-set lead, Washington rallied to win the next two sets to send it to a fifth and decisive set. After the Shorewomen tied the fifth set at 11, Bianca Brown and Kaya Melchor were credited with blocks to give the Gophers the lead they would not relinquish. Melchor then served the next two points with Brown finishing off a kill from Vendela Lundgren on both points for a 14-11 lead. Washington won the next point to stave off one match point, but a service error gave the Gophers a 15-12 fifth set to win the match and avoid a collapse after holding a two-set advantage to start the evening. Brown finished with 12 kills and DeJaeger registered a double-double with 21 assists and 21 digs.
Field Hockey | Goucher 2, Drew 0 (September 28, 2019)
The Gopher field hockey team had plenty of blowout victories on the year, but we will focus on its conference win against the Rangers. Danielle Johnson scored off feeders from Amita Chatterjee and Hannah Washburn at 7:45 in the first quarter and then Ari Hopper added an insurance tally off an Emily Postlethwait assist with 45 seconds left in the first quarter. Devin Brashear made five saves to earn her fourth shutout of the season.
Women's Tennis | Goucher Invitational (September 28-29)
Mandile Mpofu, Ceri McCaffrey and the doubles tandem of Kyoko Kinoshita an Katie Marzerka all went 4-0 on the weekend to win their flights. Mpofu, who finished the fall 8-0, won Singles Flight B while McCaffrey, who went 7-1 in her first collegiate season, won Singles Flight C. The Kinoshita-Marzerka tandem won Double Flight A. Anais Gill won her first three matches on the weekend and ended 3-1 in Singles Flight A. Ali Gorson-Morrow ended 2-2 in Singles Flight D.
Men's Golf | Landmark Conference Preview (October 5, 2019)
The two-time defending Landmark Conference champions won the fall preview for the second-straight year, but this time it was by just one stroke over Scranton. Goucher's Top-4 scores were 76,77,78,78 while Scranton's Top-4 scores were 71,77,78,84 to give the Gophers the title by the score of 309 to 310. Julian Gonzalez finished second with a round of 76 and Evan Yue was fourth with a 77 while Nick Fisher, Steph Lee and Roberto Mikse finished tied for eighth with a round of 78.
Women's Golf | Eastern Fall Invitational (October 9, 2019)
The Gophers best score of the season came at the Eastern Fall Invitational with a team total of 390. Christina Pevey notched her best round of the year with a 90 to finish ninth while Emily Pochet (14th place, 95), Randi Marshall (18th place, 96) and Grace Klain (26th place, 109) also competed for the Gophers, who finished third in the event.
Cross Country | Goucher Cross Country Classic (October 10, 2019)
Laila Hanson finished third and Eva Bulson-Lewis placed fourth to help the Gophers women's team to the team championship. Isabel Srour also finished in the Top-10 with a sixth-place standing while Lily Reiser (11th place) and Autumn Krist (18th place) also counted toward the team score. Joey Holtzman fueled the men's team with a sixth-place finish.
Women's Soccer | Goucher 2, Juniata 0 (October 12, 2019)
Kendall Belmont gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead when she scored off a feed from Lily Shaffer in the 39 minute while Megan Kelleher helped to seal the win when she twinkled the twine off a pass from Alyssa Hodnik in the 57th minute. Christina Charikofsky earned the shutout victory with three saves. The women's soccer win against Juniata was big on a couple of levels. The win ended a 14-game conference non-winning streak (0-12-2) and Belmont's goal was the team's first score in almost 400 minutes.
Men's Soccer | Goucher 2, Susquehanna 1 (October 19, 2019)
Matthew Malhenzie had his shot bounce off the Riverhawks netminder and into the twine for his first collegiate goal and score the game-winning goal. Brandon Cohen gave the Gophers an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal four minutes and 25 seconds into the match, but Susquehanna tied the game at 1 at 20:40 to set up Malhenzie's heroics. Joe May made five saves in the winning effort.
Equestrian | University of Maryland/American IHSA Show (November 9, 2019)
Did you know that 49 points is a perfect score at a horse show? At the University of Maryland/American IHSA Show, Goucher won the event with a total of 45 points and four points from perfection. The Gophers won 11 of the 17 possible events: Cole Jackson (limit flat, limit fences), Courtney Morton (open flat, open fences), Anna Wright (limit flat), Celeste Fazioli (limit flat), Cherise Madrid (novice flat), Courtney Sloan (open flat), Flannery Supplee (novice flat), Makaylin Scoop (limit flat), Noelle Gulley (intermediate fences).
Women's Basketball | Goucher 71, Juniata 67 (February 6, 2020)
Jorryn Avery, Kyani Quarles and Anise Williams combined to go 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the final three minutes and 14 seconds to seal the win against Juniata. Quarles made two free throws with 4:56 left in the third quarter to give the visitors the lead for good and used a 17-8 run to take a 57-46 advantage with 8:41 remaining in the contest thanks to six points by Williams. The Eagles then cut the margin to 61-59 with 3:33 on the clock after answering with a 13-4 run. The tilt then became a free throw contest with 14 of the final 18 points coming at stripe. Williams paced the Gophers with 28 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two blocks while Quarles finished the game with her fifth double-double of the season after notching 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Avery matched her career best of 15 points. The win ended a 50-game conference losing streak for the Gophers.
Women's Swimming | Landmark Conference Championships (February 14-16, 2020)
Hallie Stewart and Alejandro Berry-Ruiz both finished 14th at the Landmark Conference Swimming And Diving Championships to pace the Gophers women swimmers. Stewart finished 14th in the 1650 free and Berry-Ruiz was 14 in the 100 fly. Kathryn Shannon participated in two B Finals, finishing 16th in both the 500 free and the 200 back while Camilla Civiello was also in the B Final for the 200 free with a 16th-place standing.
Men's Swimming | Landmark Conference Championships (February 14-16, 2020)
Jacy MacConvery was the only Goucher swimmer to participate in the A Final with an eighth-place finish in the 200 fly while MacConvery, Ryan Freeburg, Marcus Montisano and Jackson Penner also had some good finishes in the B Final. MacConvery also ended 12th in the 400 IM and 16th in the 200 IM in his final collegiate meet. Freeburg placed 11th in the 200 breast, 12th in the 200 IM and 13th in the 100 breast. Penner ended 13th in the 200 free, 14th in the 100 free and 15th in the 50 free while Montisano was 13th in the 200 breast and 15th in the 100 breast.
Men's Basketball | Goucher 86, Catholic 70 (February 22, 2020)
The Gophers had a couple of great road conference wins this season, but the victory against Catholic was one of the most exciting games at Decker Sports and Recreation Center since the team's last meeting with the Cardinals. Pat Goralski and Dwayne Morton each scored 20 points in their last game at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center while Cam Isaacs 21 second-half points to make sure the two seniors won their final home game. Issacs gave the Gophers the lead for good on two free throws with 11:12 remaining and 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 86-70 win.
Men's Tennis | Goucher 5, Methodist 4 (February 23, 2020)
On the day at that Tetsuya Ota defeated the No. 14 player in the country, the Gophers as a team had a great 5-4 win against Methodist, a team that was in the regional rankings. Frankie Mullinix rallied from a set down after losing the tiebreaker in the first set to win 6-3 and 10-8 in the third set for the clinching fifth point of the match. Mullinix and Michael Herman and the duo of Ota and Kane won at doubles to give Goucher a 2-1 lead before Ota won in straight sets for a 3-1 lead. The other five matches went three sets with Mullinix and Slade Dumas prevailing to clinch the match.
Track and Field | Landmark Conference Championships (February 29, 2020)
Gabby Blazek finished second for the second-straight year to pace the Gophers at the Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Mia Taylor also reached the podium stand after finishing fourth in the 60m hurdles while Anna Gallina was fifth in the 200m and Sydney Smith was fifth.
Women's Lacrosse | Goucher 11, Notre Dame 9 (March 10, 2020)
Goucher ended the shortened season riding a three-game winning streak, but that winning streak looked seriously in doubt with 5:54 left in the first half against Notre Dame. Trailing 7-3 at that point, the Gophers ended the final 34:06 on an 8-3 run and held the Gators scoreless for the final 25:04 of the match. Julia Gazzola posted four goals in the decisive run including two goals to start the spurt to close the first half. After Notre Dame scored at 25:04, Gazzola, Camryn Agostino and Emily Flinn each found the twine to tie the game 9 with 11:51 left. Flinn then connected with Alyssa Long for the decisive tally at 9:51. Gazzola paced the team with a season-high five goals while Agostino added two goals and two assists and Shannon Stull tallied two markers and an assist.
Men's Lacrosse | Goucher 10, Neumann 9 OT (March 11, 2020)
The Gophers had some great wins in 2020 before COVID-19 ended the season, but the overtime im against Neumann was the most thrilling win of the year. With the game tied at 9, Neumann won the face-off and got two shots off before Kyle Ramos picked up a loose ball and passed ahead to Andrew Sade. After a timeout, Sade got the ball to Rashaan Evans who hooked up with Matt Woodson for a third time on the day for the decisive goal in the final game of the season with 1:33 left in overtime. Woodson finished with three goals and three assists while Evans posted a goal and four helpers. Ramos notched a career-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Competition Of The Year