TOWSON, Md. — After giving up four goals in the first eight minutes, Goucher proceeded to keep McDaniel off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half, as well as the first 11 minutes of the second half.
By halftime, the Gophers had closed to within 4-3, but before they could come up with a game-tying goal, their in-state rival broke out of its scoring drought by sticking four goals in a span of just over three minutes to open up a 7-3 advantage midway through the second half. The goal-scoring streak by the Green Terror eventually reached seven, enough to produce an 11-5 victory.
There was a 13-minute stretch where neither team scored following Samantha Barbeito's unassisted goal that put McDaniel up 4-1. It finally ended with 9:12 remaining in the first half when Stefi Perry (Houston, Texas/Klein) picked up an assist on a goal Dani McCreary (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara).
An unassisted goal by Sophie Smith (Lawrenceville, N.J./Madison) with :07 showing on the clock further cut into the visiting team's lead.
The seven-goal run by the Green Terror (1-0) began with Barbeito's second goal of the game and took over 12 minutes to complete.
Goucher's only two goals in the second half were scored by Perry with 2:48 remaining and Jojo Franklin (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) at 1:19.
The Gophers (1-1) were outshot, 29-15. Freshman Kendra Dansereau (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) made her second start of the young season in goal and was credited with 13 saves.
Goucher's next game is against Marymount in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, March 2. It's scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.