Top-Seeded Gophers Host Catholic in Landmark Semifinals
PERRY, N.Y. — Goucher, which will take on Catholic in the semifinals of the 2012 Landmark Conference postseason tournament on Wednesday, rose to No. 10 this week in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III Coaches Poll.
The 16 head coaches who turned in ballots for the latest poll, which was released this morning, awarded head coach Kyle Hannan's squad 156 points. Fifteen of them had Salisbury at No. 1, and with 319 points, the Sea Gulls enjoy a 14-point advantage over No. 2 Cortland, which picked up the remaining first-place vote. Lynchburg is at No. 3 with 287 points, followed by Stevenson (261 points), Tufts (255), Cabrini (228), Rochester Institute of Technology (222), Denison (209) and Stevens Institute of Technology (179) at No. 9.
The second 10 begins with Union, which trails Goucher by five points.
This is the highest the Gophers have ever been ranked by the USILA. They debuted in the poll six weeks ago at No. 19 and their steady climb up through the rankings coincides with their current 12-game winning streak.
The top-seeded Gophers will host the Cardinals Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The other semifinal on Wednesday matches second-seeded Drew against Scranton.
The championship game is set for Saturday.
Goucher is the only school which has advanced to the Landmark Conference postseason tournament all five years that the conference has been in existence. Scranton (2010) and Drew (2011) have missed the tournament only once.
Goucher and Catholic will be meeting for the second time this season and for the 18th time in a series that dates back to 1998. With their 14-10 triumph over the Cardinals back on April 14, the Gophers assumed a 17-0 advantage in the all-time series.
This will be the third time the two teams have met in the
postseason. The Gophers captured the 2010 Landmark title by
defeating the Cardinals, 11-4; in 2004, they went up against one
another in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference
playoffs, with Goucher prevailing 12-9.