ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Goucher brought the curtain down on its 2013-14 campaign today by pinning a 6-3 setback on Elizabethtown. It was the fourth win for head coach Brendan Kincaid's netters in the final five matches of the season.
The Gophers took an early 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a dominating 8-0 win by Seth Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and David Spivey (Cockeysville, Md./The Park School) at No. 1 doubles over Cole Turula and Ryan Caris.
The other two doubles matches, however, were much more competitive. At No. 2, Midori Fujitani (Tokyo, Japan/International School Bangkok) and John Bescoby (San Marino, Calif./Maranatha) of the Gophers pulled out a 9-7 victory over Michael Cannon and Alex Machalick; at No. 3, Pat Murnin (Salt Lake City, Utah/East) and William Felinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Science Leadership Academy) earned a point for Goucher by subduing Matthew Hornbaker and Ben Geiger, 8-6.
Leading 3-0 at the start of the singles competition, the Gophers (8-12) needed to win just two more matches to defeat the Blue Jays (4-10), who will be joining the Landmark Conference in 2014-15. They picked up one of them when Fujitani walked off the court as 6-0, 6-0 winner over Caris at No. 3.
The next match to finish was No. 4 where Machalick earned a point for Elizabethtown by turning back Chad Resnik (Miami, Fla./Pinecrest School) 6-1, 6-3.
Hoesman secured Goucher's fifth point with his 6-2, 7-6 (5) triumph over Turula at first singles.
The only match that the Gophers came out on top in of the remaining three was at No. 6 where Murnin topped Kirchner 6-3, 7-6 (6).
The eight wins is the most for the Gophers since they went 9-9 in 2004-05. Fujitani finished with a 15-7 record in singles play and that's the most victories by a Goucher player since Brandon Harris went 20-9 in 2004-05.