BEL AIR, Md. — Goucher began a stretch of six matches in four days this afternoon, and the Gophers were up to the challenge on day one, picking up an exhibition victory over Harford Community College in the morning before shutting out Cabrini 9-0 for its fourth victory of the 2014-15 season.
Goucher (4-2) dropped only seven games in its six singles wins to quickly dispatch of the Cavaliers (0-3). Cabrini was playing in its first match of the spring.
The closest matchup came at No. 1 doubles, where Seth Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Joey Caracappa (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Preparatory School) ultimately overcame Anthony DiCicco and Alijah Broadnax by an 8-5 score. Jack Hodges (London, England/Shrewsbury School) and Britt Shortle (Lake Mary, Fla./Trinity Preparatory School) surrendered just two games at No. 2 doubles, while William Felinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Science Leadership Academy) and John Bescoby (San Marino, Calif./Maranatha) emerged with an 8-1 win at No. 3.
Hodges, who was named Landmark Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week last Monday, moved up to No. 1 singles for the first time and handed a 6-1, 6-1 setback to DiCicco. Hoesman and Josh Goldberg (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) each lost only one game at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively, and Pat Murnin (Salt Lake City, Utah/East) and Chad Resnik (Miami, Fla./Pinecrest School) registered 6-0, 6-0 triumphs from the No. 5 and No. 6 positions.
Midori Fujitani (Tokyo, Japan/International School Bangkok) defeated Hugo Ballon 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to earn the other point for the Gophers.
The match was played at Harford CC, and Goucher topped the host Fighting Owls 6-3 earlier in the morning. Harford is currently ranked 10th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at the Division I junior/community college level.
The Gophers will now embark on their spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C., with an 8 a.m. matchup against FDU-Florham the first match on their schedule tomorrow morning.