Goucher Athletics Announces All-Goucher First Team

Goucher Athletics Announces All-Goucher First Team

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Goucher College athletic department unveiled its All-Goucher first team during its Virtual Banquet on Wednesday.

Tetsuya Ota (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Academy) (men's tennis), Matt Woodson (Timonium, Md./McDonough) (men's lacrosse), Anise Williams (West Palm Beach, Fla./The Benjamin School) (women's basketball), Gabby Blazek (New Orleans, La./Louise S.) (track and field) and Cole Jackson (Denver, Colo./East) have been selected to the second team by a vote from the athletic staff. Ota received the most votes to be named the captain of the team while Ota, Woodson and Williams have been named to the All-Goucher team in previous years too. 

Ota, a junior on the men's tennis team, earns his third-straight All-Goucher first team nod and becomes the first captain of the squad in men's tennis history. The junior posted a 9-3 record in singles play and a 5-5 mark in doubles action while earning Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week twice on the year. Ota notched a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win against the No. 14 nationally-ranked player against Salisbury on February 23. He also went 3-1 at a predominately NCAA Division I competition at the Loyola Men's Tennis Tournament on September 20-22.

Woodson, a senior on the men's lacrosse team, makes his return to the All-Goucher team after being selected to the second team in his sophomore campaign. The senior had to make room on his trophy case this season after being named the Goucher Athletics Coaches Award winner, the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Senior Scholar-Athlete and an unprecedented three-straight Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week awards. Woodson recorded 20 goals and 14 assists for 34 points to pace the league in points and rank second in goals and fourth in assists. He notched his 100th career point with a goal with 4:15 left in the first quarter against Lebanon Valley on February 29 and posted five-straight games with at least five goals and five points to conclude the season. Woodson tallied a career-high five goals against Arcadia on March 7. In addition, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of a 10-9 win against Neumann on March 11 in what proved to be his final collegiate game.

Williams, a sophomore on the women's basketball team, moves up to the All-Goucher first team after earning second-team honors last season. The sophomore, who averaged 15.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, paced the conference and ranked in the Top-10 nationally in both steals and steals per game while also sitting fifth in scoring and sixth in assists in the league. Named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week, Williams scored a career-high 29 points against Notre Dame (Md.) on November 26 and posted 28 points in a 71-67 win against Juniata on January 22 to help end a 50-game conference losing streak. She posted double figures in 20 of 25 games including seven 20-point contests.

Blazek, a senior on the track and field team, joins men's soccer freshman Yaya Diabagate (Hyattsville, Md./International HS at Langley Park) and field hockey junior Ari Hooper (San Diego, Calif./Poway) as Goucher athletes to earn All-Landmark Conference second-team honors. The senior, who also earned all-conference second-team honors last year in the pole vault, retained her second-place status at the 2020 Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 29 with a program-record jump of 3.19m, beating her mark at last year's championships by 0.15 meters or by almost a half a foot. 

Jackson, a freshman on the equestrian team, posted nine wins in the limit flat, limit fences and intermediate flat to help the Gophers to its 11th-straight IHSA Zone IV, Region I title. The freshman was named the reserve champion low collegiate medal at the Winter Classic I Tournament of Champions on January 25. He was named the high point rider at the IHSA George Mason/George Washington Show on November 3 and the reserve high point rider at the IHSA Maryland/American Show on November 10 while also qualifying for the IHSA Zone IV Region I Championship in the limit flat.

The All-Goucher team is the 10 most distinguished student-athletes and most outstanding coach during an academic year selected by a committee. The All-Goucher team was established in 2010-11 and is selected annually. 

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