WILKES BARRE, Pa. — All three goals Owen Demmerly (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) scored this afternoon provided Goucher with a one-goal advantage over King's.
The junior attackman's first goal of the contest put the Gophers up 3-2 in the second quarter and his second one snapped a 5-5 tie less than three minutes into the fourth period. The Monarchs, however, knotted up the score one last time at 6-6 on an unassisted goal by Cam Trick with 6:29 remaining in regulation.
The 6-all tie lasted until, with 1:04 showing on the clock, Demmerly stuck his team-leading 11th of the season off the keeper's hip, low and away. King's got off two shots in the closing seconds, both of which were turned away by Karl Wiszumerski (Pottstown, Pa./The Hill School) to preserve Goucher's 7-6 non-conference victory.
This was the third straight game decided by a single goal for head coach Brian Kelly's Gophers.
Sam Morgan (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) accounted for both of the goals Goucher produced in the first quarter as he opened the scoring with an even-strength goal 1:58 into the contest and then created a 2-2 tie with a man-up tally with 2:01 remaining in the period.
After Demmerly notched his first goal in the second quarter, he set up a goal by Gavin Wilson (Charlestown, Pa./Great Valley) that extended the visiting team's lead to 4-2 with 3:17 left to play in the first half. There were only 19 seconds remaining when King's reduced its deficit to 4-3 on a goal by Ryan Dambach.
An extra-man goal by Conner Annunziato (West Chester, Pa./Bayerd Rustin) put the Gophers (4-2) up 5-3 in the third quarter, but the Monarchs (0-3) responded with unassisted goals by Reilly Breig at 6:55 and Trick at 3:22 as the two teams were deadlocked at 5-5 after 45 minutes.
Wiszumerski had just five saves to his credit through three periods, but he stopped one shot in the fourth quarter after his team went ahead 6-5 and three more while the score was tied at 6-6. After Demmerly put the Gophers ahead, the win wasn't guaranteed until the senior goalkeeper made a play on a shot from right outside the crease by Ryan Boornazian and then another on a wide-open blast by A.J. Bungert to finish with 11 saves.
Goucher's final non-conference game of the season will be played Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Messiah on Beldon Field.