We have had a lot of great moments since Goucher joined the Landmark Conference in 2007. While the college athletics world is still on pause due to COVID-19, we will look back at events from our teams from the past since we joined the conference. Each week we will focus on the days that occur from Monday to Sunday for the 2020 calendar year with events from our fall sports every Thursday. We will highlight some great wins and performances for cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. This week we will focus on events that occurred from September 7-13.
The Gophers men's and women's cross country teams both finished second at the Shenandoah Cross Country Festival in 2007. J. Fraley Coles finished second overall for the women and was the first female collegiate to cross the finish line with a time of 23:05 while Becky Foner placed fifth with a time of 24:25. On the men's side, Goucher produced three Top-10 finishes with Zach Martin finishing sixth with a time of 31:39, Charlie Rooney was eighth with a time of 31:49 and Matt Spitznagel crossed the line in 31:55 to end the competition ninth.
Also on September 7 in 2013, Katherine Currier finished 10th at the Catholic Invitational but was also third among collegiate female runners with a time of 23:53.7.
Gaby Davis belted a free kick from 40-yards out into the top of the netting in the 50th minute to propel the Goucher women's soccer team past Washington 1-0 in 2012. Lexi Rudolph earned the shutout win with two saves while the Gopher defense also turned away a shot in the 84th minute in Baltimore. The Shorewomen had five shots after Davis' decisive tally.
The Goucher field hockey team has three wins on the day including against two local rivalries. Justine Ruhlin posted three goals and an assist in a 5-0 win against Notre Dame in 2012 and then three years later Lizzie Barminski found the back of the cage from a Jackie Juarez assist at the 66:33 mark for a 1-0 win against Stevenson in 2015. Demie Huffman made six saves against the Mustangs. Ruhlin, Barminski, Juarez and Huffman are each nominees for the Field Hockey All-Decade Team. Voting closes on Friday at 9 a.m. (CLICK HERE TO VOTE)
The Goucher women's volleyball team swept a tri-meet in straight sets against Gwynedd Mercy (25-23, 25-19, 25-16), Bryn Athyn (25-8, 25-20, 25-15) and St. Elizabeth (25-21, 25-11, 25-22) in 2011. Tori Rain registered 74 assists on the day including double-doubles against Gwynedd Mercy (26 assists, 13 digs) and against Bryn Athyn (28 assists, 15 digs. Megan Chalk posted a double-double against Gwynedd Mercy (11 kills, 11 digs) and then registered 11 kills against Bryn Athyn and 17 digs against St. Elizabeth. Ashley Fan posted 50 digs in the three matches.
Andrew Marcantonio scored in the 102nd minute off an Evan Phillips assist on a header to help the Goucher men's soccer team defeat Hood 3-2 in overtime in 2016. Brandon Cohen tied the match at 1 at 28:24 when he converted a Blazers miscue, and Marcantonio set up Maria Murica at 73:24 to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead. The advantage was short-lived after Hood tied the game 34 seconds later. Daniel Hendry made a career-high 19 saves in the victory.
HISTORICAL FIRST: Doc Brown from "Back To The Future" might call September 11 and 12 "a red-letter day in Goucher golf history." Both the men's and women's golf teams played their first competition at the Bay Creek Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport in 2017. The Gopher women finished third in the event with Emmie Starchvick leading the way with a 10th-place standing. Goucher's men's team finished seventh with Roberto Mikse placing seventh for the Gophers.
The connection of Gia Thomas, Katie Gallagher and Ali Metzger was golden in a 3-1 win for the Goucher field hockey team against Albright in 2009. Thomas and Gallagher set up both of Metzger's goal on post corners at 6:49 and 36:39. Katie Kramer also found the back of the cage unassisted at 25:03 for the Gophers. Micki Manheimer made one save in 70 minutes.
Men's soccer has been in a couple of great battles with Washington on this date with the Gophers earning 3-2 wins against the Shoremen in 2007 and 2012. Goucher trailed 2-1 in the final 10 minutes in 2007 before Tim McMullen converted a penalty kick at 80:55 and Travis Boland recorded the decisive score at 85:55 for a 3-2 win. It was almost de ja vu all over again five years later, but this time it would take extra time to earn the win. Parker Bay scored off a Nate Margolis pass to tie the game at 77:47 and then the tandem connected again in overtime at 104:54 for the golden-goal victory.
Stephanie Budrock scored the decisive goal off a Bri Hite assist on a rebound 80 seconds into the second half to help the Gophers women's soccer team defeat Randolph 4-3 in 2015. Hite found the twine unassisted in the 16th minute, Samantha Turner scored off a Lexi Solazzo assist in the 23rd minute, and Theresa Antkowiak-Tassone registered a tally in the 41st minute for Goucher's three other goals on the day at the DC Women's Soccer Classic in the nation's capital.
Also on this day in 2008, the women's volleyball holds off Marymount 3-2 after the Saints rallied to tie the match at two sets, 25-12, 25-22, 27-29, 23-25, 15-12. Megan Smith recorded 17 kills and 21 digs, Catie Ditmore tallied 14 kills and 26 digs and Claire Sauvage-Mar added 43 assists and 27 digs. Kasey Quinn posted 17 digs in the win against the former Capital Athletic Conference foe.