Gophers Come Up Short in Bid to Make Landmark Playoffs

Gophers Come Up Short in Bid to Make Landmark Playoffs

Lin Completes First Season with 20-1 Record in Singles Play

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Because of a pair of 5-4 losses earlier this season, Goucher wasn't in control of its own destiny as far as making the upcoming Landmark Conference postseason tournament was concerned. The Gophers needed a win over Moravian and a little help today to nail down a spot in the playoffs.

The win didn't materialize and neither, it turns out, did the help. The Gophers bowed to the Greyhounds, 5-4, the same score by which they fell earlier in the season to two other Landmark Conference foes, Scranton and Susquehanna.

The Gophers completed the 2011-12 campaign with a 2-4 record in the Landmark Conference, 11-8 overall.

The Greyhounds (5-7, 3-2 Landmark) came out of the doubles competition ahead 2-1. The Gophers picked up their point at No. 3 where Vickey Casey (Orange, N.J./Chatham Hall) and Addie Maxwell (Southwest Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) toughed it through 16 games and a tiebreaker to prevail 9-8 (2).

Maxwell also was victorious in singles play as she defeated Erica Venuti 6-1, 7-6 (4) at No. 5.

Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) became the first player in the history of Goucher's women's tennis program to win 20 singles matches in a season by downing Carly Agrifolio 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. It was the freshman's 13th victory in succession and she finishes the 2011-12 season with a 20-1 record.

Alexandra Walsh (Greens Farms, Conn./Staples), another freshman, picked up her 12th win of the season, a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Brianna Kavanagh at No. 4.

At No. 1, Moravian's Chelsea Ott turned back Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) 6-0, 6-2.