WASHINGTON, D.C. – At first glance, Goucher's 4-0 defeat to Catholic might not seem like a positive result. Considering the Cardinals' status as a perennial nationally-ranked team, however, and considering that the Gophers fell 10-0 when the teams met last season, tonight's match could certainly be seen as a step in the right direction for the Gophers.
The Cardinals (7-4, 2-1 Landmark), who are currently the top team receiving votes in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, put the game away with three goals in the opening half hour of play. Demie Huffman (Granville, Ohio/Granville) made five saves in goal for Goucher (3-8, 0-2 Landmark) before being replaced in the 50th minute by Taylor Striar (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor).
Taylor Elliot opened up the scoring 4:24 in with her 15th goal of the season. Hayley Wright doubled Catholic's advantage 10 minutes later, and Sophia Sansone added a third at 27:26.
Rebecca Lukaszczyk made it 4-0 in the 49th minute. Lizzie Barminski (Ventura, Calif./Buena) registered Goucher's first shot in the 59th minute, directing an effort on goal that was stopped by Megan Comunale. Caroline Less (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) added another shot on goal five minutes later after a penalty corner from Antonia DiLuca (Ardmore, Pa./Friends Central).
For the game, Catholic outshot the Gophers 17-2, a dramatic improvement from the 45-1 disparity when the teams met in 2012. The Cardinals had an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Goucher continues Landmark Conference play Saturday afternoon, when the Gophers return to Beldon Field for a 1 p.m. matchup against Juniata. The Eagles (6-7, 2-0 Landmark) edged out Susquehanna 1-0 this evening.