Nationally Ranked Eagles Handle Gophers

Nationally Ranked Eagles Handle Gophers

Goucher Gains Playoff Berth Despite 3-1 Setback 

Oct. 27, 2007

BALTIMORE, Md. - Goucher lost to nationally ranked Juniata, 3-1, today, but got the help it needed from two other teams to gain entry into next week's Landmark Conference championship tournament.

Had the Gophers beaten the Eagles today, they would have earned a playoff berth, possibly as the No. 3 seed. Once they lost, however, they needed assistance -- which they received when Drew defeated Moravian, 5-1, and Catholic turned back Susquehanna, 3-2.

As a result, the Gophers are in the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will play top-seeded Catholic at 3:30 Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The Gophers spotted the Eagles (17-2, 5-1 Landmark), who are ranked 13th nationally in Division III, a 2-0 lead today on a pair of goals by Kim Wagner. Wagner entered the contest as the leading scorer in the Landmark Conference, and her two goals today were her 21st and 22nd of the season.

With just 2:15 remaining before halftime, the Gophers (3-12, 2-4 Landmark) closed to within 2-1 on an unassisted goal by Katie Skojec (Columbia, MD/Hammond).

In the second half, Juniata out-shot Goucher, 10-0, and regained a two-goal advantage when Michelle Campbell scored with 26:52 left to play.

Sophomore goalie Aline Haddad (Bangor, PA/Bangor) of the Gophers stopped 11 shots, raising her total for the season to 170 saves.

The game was played on Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins because the playing field at Gopher Stadium was unplayable due to several days of heavy rain.