Gophers Pocket First Victory by Topping Rangers

Gophers Pocket First Victory by Topping Rangers

Fitzpatrick Contributes Four Goals, Three Assists to Win

March 10, 2007 

TOWSON, MD — An extra-man goal by Brent Shea (Fallston, MD/Fallston) just :15 into the third quarter snapped a 7-7 tie and provided Goucher with a lead it would never relinquish on the way to a 13-10 triumph over Drew.

Shea scored an even-strength goal later in the period, which ended with the Gophers (1-2) leading 11-8. The Rangers (0-1) closed to within 11-9 early in the fourth quarter on a goal by Gil Arbitsman, but didn't score again until Goucher built its advantage back up to four goals. An even-strength goal by Sam Fitzpatrick (Littleton, CO/Arapahoe) with 12:00 remaining made the score 12-9 and and an extra-man goal by Alan Tiet (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) with 5:32 left to play put the Gophers ahead 13-9.

Goucher owned a 5-0 lead after one period thanks to a pair of goals by Casey Hughes (Granite, MD/Mt. Hebron) and one apiece from Dave Duff (Westwood, MA/Suffield Academy), Dan Flamholz (Baltimore, MD/Park School) and Fitzpatrick.

An unassisted goal by Ross Nochumowitz (Baltimore, MD/Park School) just :21 into the second quarter boosted the Gophers' lead to 6-0, but the Rangers were able to pull even at 7-7 by the end of the period on an unassisted goal by Robert Budziszewski.

Fitzpatrick registered seven points in the non-conference victory on four goals and three assists.

The Gophers, who took a 3-2 lead in the all-time series between the two schools with the win, finished with a 45-28 edge in shots. In goal, Austin Main (Berlin, MD/Stephen Decatur) of the Gophers made 14 saves and Michael Celentano of the Rangers stopped 11 shots.