Gophers Turn Back Cardinals, Clinch Playoff Berth

Gophers Turn Back Cardinals, Clinch Playoff Berth

Gophers Turn Back Cardinals, Clinch Playoff Berth

12th All-Time Win Over Catholic, Most Against Any Opponent

April 16, 2008

TOWSON, Md. - Goucher ran its all-time record against Catholic to 12-0 and, in the process, clinched a berth in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs, by pinning a 13-1 setback on the Cardinals today.

The 12 wins over the Cardinals represent the most the Gophers have against any opponent in their 17-year existence as an intercollegiate program.

The first three shots the Gophers (9-3, 4-0 Landmark) unleashed produced goals by Sam Fitzpatrick (Littleton, CO/Arapahoe), Dave Duff (Westwood, MA/Suffield Academy) and  Alex Boucher (North Wales, PA/Germantown Academy), allowing head coach Kyle Hannan's squad to assume a quick 3-0 lead. The Cardinals (6-7, 1-3 Landmark) closed to within 3-1 on an extra-man goal by Mike Groh with 9:11 remaining in the first period.

By shutting out Catholic over the final 54:11, the Gophers held an opponent to one goal for the fourth time in program history.

A man-down goal by Casey Hughes (Woodstock, MD/Mt. Hebron) and an extra-man goal by Fitzpatrick in the opening 6:38 of the second quarter extended Goucher's lead to 5-1.

Fitzpatrick scored a goal in all four periods. The junior attackman's extra-man goal with 10:48 left to play in the third quarter put Goucher up 8-1.

The Gophers finished with a 39-26 edge in shots and collected 47 ground balls, eight more than Catholic's total.