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. (NOTE: We have moved this feature to Wednesday for this week since the Landmark Conference Alumni Feature is being released on 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 October 12-18.
Success for the Goucher cross country team continued this week at its home meet. In 2013, the Gopher women won the event with a perfect score after having its Top-5 runners be the first five runners across the finish line. Katherine Currier won the event with time of 24:09.1 and was followed by June Chiango (25:06.2), Katelynn Zidanic (26:13.8), Ellie Ginsberg (26:14.8) and Kathryn Walker (5th, 27:27.1) in the Top-5. The women registered also had the next four finishers with Camille Jorgensen (6th, 27:27.8), Zoe Malkin (7th, 28:01.3), Shea Staab (8th, 28:32.5) and Christine Cherry (9th, 28:40.1) all crossing the finish line before any other competitors.
The women's soccer team also posted a pair of wins on this date and head coach Stephanie Ricketts said that the team gave her a token that she will always cherish with a signed ball after the team defeated Juniata 2-0 last season. Kendall Belmont gave the Blue and Gold the lead off a pass by Lily Shaffer at 38:04 and then Megan Kelleher sealed the win off a feed from Alyssa Hodnik at 56:40 to help end a 14-game conference winless streak. Christina Charikofsky made three saves in the win. Sherlanda Buskey also scored the decisive goal off a Shay Kettner assist with 3:04 left in regulation to lift Goucher to a 1-0 victory against Hood on this date in 2011. Regan Foy had six stops in the win.
Both of the Gophers men's and women's soccer teams earned one-goal wins against conference rival Susquehanna on October 13 six years apart. The women defeated Susquehanna 2-1 in 2012. Trailing 1-0, Gaby Davis set up Katherine Matthew-Parker at 69:58 to tie the game at 1 and then Davis fed Sherlanda Buskey at 75:42 for the decisive tally.
For the men, Zach Lafaver registered the decisive tally at 16:38 for his first collegiate game-winner in a 2-1 win against Susquehanna in 2018. Daniel Hendry turned away seven shots in between the pipes.
The women's volleyball team defeated cross-town rival Notre Dame 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) on October 14, 2008. Megan Smith led the way with 16 kills and 12 digs. Claire Sauvage-Mar tallied 32 assists and eight digs while Catie Ditmore posted 10 digs.
The year 2011 registered another successful run at the Goucher XC Classic. Joey Negreann won the men's race with a time of 26:57.4 to help the Gophers to a third-place standing. The Blue and Gold women won the team title thanks to four Top-7 finishes. Katherine Currier finished second with a time of 25:28 while Hadley Couraud was fourth (25:58), Katelyn Zidanic placed fifth (26:05) and Gwendolyn Moiles ended the race seventh (26:17).
The field hockey team notched a pair of thrilling wins on October 16. It came down to penalty strokes against Moravian in 2010. Ali Metzger, Sara Spadanuta and Eden Fitzkee were all success in their attempts to propel the Gophers to the victory. Catherine Armo tied the match at 2 off a pass from Mary Cadwallender at 50:22 and Angela Buxton evened the match at 2 at 60:08 to force penalty strokes. Micki Manheimer made 15 saves on her way to earning all-conference second-team honors. Spadanuta also had a hand on this date in a 2-1 win against Hood in 2007. After scoring the first marker of the game unassisted at 28:12, Spadanuta dished the game-winning assist on Laura Goomes tally at 50:50 for the one-goal win.
The men's soccer team earned its first Landmark Conference win in program history against its former Capital Athletic Conference foe Catholic with a 3-1 decision in 2007. The Gophers scored all three of their goals in the final frame. Chris Herting tied the match at 1 unassisted at 64:15 before Evan Rosse gave Goucher the lead for good off a Galen Guidon assist at 70:01 and Herting sealed the win off a feeder by Julien Greco at 76:02. Justin Holbrook, who will be featured for the Landmark Conference Alumni Spotlight on Thursday, made four saves in the win. Also on this date on the men's soccer team defeated Drew 1-0 thanks to an Ellis Martin unassisted tally. Hendry made nine saves in goal.
The field hockey team had a pair of wins on this date including also posting a win against Drew in 2015 with a 3-1 decision. Annie Carter scored off a Rachel Crain assist at 2:49, Emily Jewell found the twine unassisted at 36:12 and Maya Belin notched a tally off a Caroline Less feeder at 42:19. The Blue and Gold also notched a 3-0 win against Notre Dame on this date. Megan Meluskey, who also registered a save in 35 minutes in goal, found the back of the cage off a Bari Gilbert assist at 1:19 and Taylor Benzel scored off a Justine Ruhlin assist at 49:17 while the squad also was awarded a goal off a Notre Dame own goal.
The women's volleyball team defeated Scranton 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) on October 18, 2009. Smith tallied 20 digs and 14 kills, Claire Sauvage-Mar posted 29 assists and 15 digs while Kasey Quinn (14 digs) Catie Ditmore (13 digs) and Rebecca Shaefer (11 digs) all had double digits in digs in the match.
SPECIAL: Last year on this date, we held Gopher Madness at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. Gopher Madness in an annual event to get students and fans excited for the upcoming basketball season. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to athletic action in January, but in the meantime check out HIGHLIGHTS of the event from 2019-20.