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Goucher Women’s Tennis Team Aiming High in the Landmark Conference Playoffs

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Women’s Tennis. Pictured: Anais Gill ’22. Picture Credit: Goucher Athletic Website

By: Jibril Howard

These are exciting times for the Goucher women’s tennis team. For the first time in six years, the team will compete in the Landmark Conference playoffs beginning with a match at Moravian College. The team’s run to the playoffs is neither unprecedented or unexpected in the eyes of the players. In an interview with the Quindecim, team captain and senior Meera Balasubramanian ’19 reflected on how the team has grown throughout her time at Goucher:

“It’s exhilarating! When I first started four years ago, I was the sixth player out of six. Our team mantra [four years ago] was “the little team that could!” Now our team is twice that size and I couldn’t be happier!”

In a separate Quindecim interview, sophomore Sara Healy ’21 was asked to compare the team’s performance to the previous year. She stated:

“I think we have done immensely better…I think we have grown as a team mentally and on [developing] our mental game which is a lot in tennis…and how long [we] can last through physical fitness and skill.”

It was clear in both interviews that both players enjoyed both the spirit of competition that comes from playing for a college sports team. It was also visible that Healy and Balasubramanian have developed deep ties and bonds with their team and teammates. Balasubramanian described the team culture:

“Our team culture is one that is collective rather than individual. We bond as a tennis team and [as a] family, but also have friends outside of our sport. I love being able to see the various roles my teammates take off the court…”

Healy agreed, stating:

“…The team we have has a lot of competitiveness because you have a lot of good players and we have a big team. But we still support each other, and we still work hard against each other to make each other better not just ourselves.”

The upcoming playoffs will be an exciting time for the women’s team. For Balasubramanian, who will soon graduate later this spring, the playoffs are one final send-off to the team. When asked how she felt about the upcoming game, Balasubramanian said:

“I’m super pumped! We were picked second to last in the conference draw so we’ve already defied expectations! I’m super excited for our team to give our all since this will be my last season at Goucher along with our other senior Ali [Tomasevich]. I’m super excited to give Moravian all we got this Wednesday!”

The Goucher Women’s Tennis team begin their playoff journey next Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Moravian College. The team will move forward in its bright future undaunted by whatever obstacles and challenges await them.

Sports News Roundup

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Men’s Golf Team. Pictured: Evan Yue ’22. PC: Goucher Athletics Website

By: Jibril Howard

  • Construction of new office spaces is underway in the Sports and Recreation Center (SRC). According to Andrew Wu, Director of Athletics, the new offices will accommodate coaches Steve Moyer of Women’s Tennis and Erika Moyer of Strength and Conditioning. The new offices will also provide a space for Head Athletic Trainer Conor Trainor to conduct private, medical conversations. The construction will be primarily funded through revenue from turf field rentals.
  • The golf teams have acquired a new simulator for use in practice. The simulator, located in the former racquetball court on the bottom floor of the SRC, was installed following discussions between Andrew Wu and golf team Coach Hunter Brown who stated:

“…[We] talked about the fact that any time the golfers wanted to train/practice, they had to drive up to our home course, Hillendale. This wasn’t ideal for [several] reasons – it takes a lot of time, is weather dependent, and doesn’t help golf student-athletes feel they have a place on campus.”

The installation of the new golf simulator is envisioned to be first step in a larger process of renovating the racquetball court into a campus space for the golf teams. The purchase of the simulator and the renovation is funded through the golf team fundraising efforts.

  • On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, the Goucher Dance Program performed the Shape and Sound Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble in the Kraushaar Auditorium. The spring program featured four works, “Lux Aurumque,” “The Last to Forgive,” “Vibrations Witnessed,” and “Symphonie Dramatique.” Senior Meitav Vilensky ‘19 who participated in this year’s performance described the purpose and styles of the ensemble:

“There’s a Goucher Repertory Ensemble Concert each semester, which features four works, two from faculty members and two guest artists. For the artist in residence, we typically bring in one ballet choreographer and one modern choreographer…This past performance, the guest ballet choreographer, Durante Verzola, was quite traditional. The faculty wanted to bring in someone who could challenge the dancers in a technical manner. The guest modern choreographer, Loni Landon, went the more contemporary route, not relying on any codified movement style to dictate her work…Elizabeth Ahearn and Linda Garofalo were the faculty choreographers. Professor Ahearn teaches ballet and set a ballet work that had a nice traditional movement vocabulary as its basis but included nuances and embellishments that were more contemporary. Professor Garofalo teaches the Graham modern technique and her piece was very reflective of this.”

In an email exchange with the Quindecim, Vilensky was wistful about her experiences, as a graduating senior, dancing in the ensemble. She expressed:

This was my last main stage piece performing with Goucher Dance before I graduate and one of my favorites… [The performance] was certainly bittersweet because I knew it was my last time performing as an undergrad. But this was one of my favorite shows that I’ve been a part of at Goucher and the feedback that was received on this show supported that.”

  • In Equestrian News, senior Wren Wakeman ‘19 and junior Cherise Madrid ’20 will be going to Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. This comes after the equestrian team placed third at IHSA Zones 3 Finals at the Barracks at University of Virginia. Sophomore Irene Powlick ’21 will be attending the IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational at Longines Masters, New York on Friday, April 26.

Upcoming Athletic Events

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Ali Gorson-Morrow at a game last Wednesday, April 17th. Picture Source: Goucher College Athletics

Tuesday (4/23)

  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Juniata (5:30 p.m.)

Friday (4/26)

  • Women’s Tennis at Immaculata (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday (4/27)

  • Women’s Golf vs. Landmark Conference Championship at Fox Hollow Golf Club/Branchburg, N.J.
  • Men’s Tennis at Harford Community College (12:00 p.m.)
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Drew (1:00 p.m.)
  • Women’s Lacrosse at Drew (1:00 p.m.)

Sunday (4/28)

  • Women’s Golf vs. Landmark Conference Championship at Fox Hollow Golf Club/Branchburg, N.J.

To view live stats, video, and more, visit the Goucher College Athletics Page.

 

High Times for Ultimate Frisbee at High Tide

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High Tide Group Photo. Front Row: Alton Allen,  Maddie Martin, Christina Grow, Danielle Newman, Nicole Tolson, Jonathan Jefferson, Liam McDonald. Second Row: Natalie Kent, Ashlyn Applebaum, Izzy Thornton, Rachel Luce. Third Row: Jared Sumar, Neve Levinson, Elysia Hempel, Elisha Lion. Fourth Row: Emily Scheppegrell, Emmet Dunn-McMartin, Lotte Seltz, Eli Seguin, Gideon Potter, Langston Cotman, Tsivi Laurence, Ana Brown, Crockett Macnie, Noah Block, Jacy MacConvery, Ethan Staple, Jackson Penner. Photo Credit: Ashlyn Applebaum. 

Every year, while most Goucher students return home for spring break, the Ultimate Frisbee team instead packs their bags for an ultimate frisbee tournament down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Called “High Tide”, the tournament is the definitive highlight of the frisbee year. The tournament takes place over spring break with the Open Team for male-identifying students and the Femme Team for female-identifying students playing against the male and female equivalent teams from other colleges and universities. Both Goucher teams are also open to non-binary students who can choose whichever team for which they want to play.

The High Tide tournament is not a typical frisbee tournament. Jonathan “Guts” Jefferson ’19, a captain of the Open Team explains:

“…It’s longer than a normal tournament, which is just two days on a weekend, but this tournament gives you four days of playing. [The High Tide tournament] gives you a lot more experience…and it’s a great place where you can face teams that want to have fun as well as have a high level of competition.”

There is also a critical component of team bonding at High Tide. Elysia “Piglet” Hempel ’19, one of two captains of the Femme Team, was asked by the Q about the role of team collaboration and team spirit at High Tide. Hempel elaborated:

“I think High Tide is one of those places where people really recognize and understand what ‘Spirit of the Game’ means…we stick to each other and support each other through all of the different things that we do. We are a team that is a family and family that is a team.”

“Spirit of the Game” is an idea that is found exclusively within frisbee. Unlike other in other sports, Ultimate Frisbee is self-officiated and relies on players to call their own fouls and to play fair. There is an atmosphere around good sportsmanship through congratulating other teams on well-executed plays and learning from each other. Both Hempel and Jefferson explained that there is more emphasis placed on playing hard with effort rather than on playing with skill.

The High Tide tournament is also an environment for rookie team members to be given time and experience playing. There were several new players to the Ultimate Frisbee team who had never previously been to a High Tide frisbee tournament. Ana “Splitz” Brown ’22 is a first-year student who had never played frisbee prior to joining the team for the spring semester. Brown explained her experience at High Tide playing for the Femme Team:

“I was a first-year, so my main experience was mainly trying to bond with everyone… [I think] I got to know everyone better, a better level than just practicing with them…I learned it’s really important to have a close group you can trust and now I know I have support after spending a week with them.”

It was also the first time at High Tide for sophomore Tsivi “Tsivi-che” Laurence ’21, who also played for the Femme Team. When asked about what she had learned, Laurence responded:

“I really wasn’t that close to very many people before. Afterwards, I felt like everyone had my back, we were all much closer, and we could communicate better…We all had a better understanding of each other’s boundaries and what needed as people and what we needed as friends.”

The same experiences as a rookie player for the Goucher Ultimate Frisbee seemed to translate to the Open Team as well. First-year Elijah Haller ’22 detailed his memories from his first High Tide tournament:

“I had been to many tournaments in high school, but it had always been stricter…but it was more relaxed…We had a lot team bonding together but it was also a more of an opportunity to make more personal connections with people I hadn’t spent as much time with at school.”

This year’s High Tide tournament took place from March 16 through March 24 over spring break. The Frisbee team is open to all student regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, or skill and runs in two seasons in the fall and spring semesters. The team prides itself on being a welcoming family which strives to compete at the highest level possible. Tournaments such as High Tide look to promote long-lasting friendships, foster healthy competitive relationships, and to create found memories for the teams who take part.

Correction:

April 22nd, 2019.

Minor punctuation edits were made and names added to the group photo.

Crunch Time in the English Premier League

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The Guardian via Phil Noble/Reuters

It’s that time of year: when winter gives way to spring, professors start to speak vaguely of impending midterms, and when the European soccer leagues reach their respective climaxes. Across Europe, the race to become league champion is either cooling down or heating up as the games start to decrease towards the end of the season. In England, the title race is especially close with two teams separated by only one point.

To those unfamiliar with the intricacies of European soccer, in almost every European country there is a professional soccer league, which runs from August to May with the first-place leader at the end of the season crowned the “title winner” and league champion. Generally, teams play every weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and the summer is used as an off-season. While there are leagues in every European country, the “big five” leagues of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are all generally considered to contain the best players and highest quality of soccer play and goals. World-famous soccer players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo play soccer every weekend in Europe.

In Spain’s “la liga”, Barcelona holds an imperious seven-point lead over their nearest rivals and this past weekend claimed victory over a faltering Real Madrid team in the El Clasico rivalry. In France, a dominant Paris Saint-Germain holds an astonishing 17-point lead over nearest competitor Lille and looks set to claim a second successive title. In Serie A in Italy, Juventus Torino beat Naples 2-0 this past weekend to move 16 points ahead at the top of the table. If successful at the end of the season, Juventus would be crowned champions of Italy for its fifth successive season. Finally, in the German Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are locked in a two-team battle for the title. Both teams are tied on 54 points with Dortmund retaining first place only by having scored more goals.

However, it is England in the English Premier League where the title race is the most intriguing. Last season from 2017 to 2018, Manchester City swept the English Premier League with a record 100 points, record 106 goals scored, and a record 32 wins out of 38 games played. Studded with a host of world stars, from Argentine striker Sergio Aguero to Belgian attacking-midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and headed by Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, widely considered the best manager in the world, Manchester City was widely lauded as among of the best soccer teams in the world by pundits.

This year’s 2018-19 season has proved more closely fought. Liverpool, long a sleeping-giant within the Premier League, has emerged as a title-contender under German manager Jurgen Klopp and spearheaded by the three-pronged attack of strikers Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Egyptian superstar Mohammed Salah. At New Year’s Day, Liverpool held a seven-point lead at the top of the table but a 4-3 loss to Manchester City led to a loss of form over January and February, which saw the lead overhauled. This weekend saw Manchester City retake first-place as Liverpool was held to a dire 0-0 draw with Everton. As it stands, Manchester City sits on 71 points with Liverpool in second-place with 70 points.

With eight games remaining, Liverpool appears to have the best list of fixtures on paper. Games against struggling teams Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff, and Huddersfield all seem easy wins while games against close-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham all come with home-field advantage. Manchester City must travel away to hostile city-rival Manchester United, the latter of which would happily provide a banana skin for their mortal enemy to slip. Formidable tests also come from Leicester City and an away trip to the cold and miserable northern team Burnley. But what appears an easy win on paper is always a battle of nerves and pressure. All games, regardless of form and league position, are potential slip-ups, and any mistake can be costly.

With the season nearing its denouement, the English Premier League title appears too close to call. Manchester City had been the pre-season favorite to win and successfully defend the title. But Liverpool’s title charge has seen them become the betting favorite in recent weeks. However, doubts remain over Liverpool’s ability to cope with pressure with their stumble in form in recent weeks. This coming weekend will see both teams at home with Manchester City welcoming mid-table Watford on Saturday at 12:30pm (3/9) while Liverpool plays struggling Burnley on Sunday at 8:00am (3/10). One thing is for sure amid all the chaos, confusion, permutations, and results: for all soccer fans and non-soccer fans it will be an intriguing watch to see who will be crowned champions of England and which team will fall just short in their pursuit of glory.

Check Out Your Rowdy Rodents!

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Check Out Your Rowdy Rodents!

September 15th – September 28th

 

Sat. 15th

-W Volleyball-

(Tri-match)

  1. Hollins @ 12pm
  2. Trinity Washington @ 4pm

 

Tue. 18th

-W Volleyball-

  1. Penn St. Harrisburg @ 7pm

 

Wed. 19th

-W Soccer-

  1. Widener @ 7pm

 

 

 

 

Fri 21st

-W Volleyball-

  1. St. Mary (Md.) @ 7pm

 

Sat 22nd

-W Volleyball-

  1. Bridgewater (VA) @ 12pm
  2. Misericordia @ 4pm

-M Soccer-

  1. Drew @ 1pm

-W Soccer-

  1. Drew @ 4pm

 

Tue 25th

-Field Hockey-

  1. Immaculata @ 4pm

-M Soccer-

  1. Gwynedd Mercy @ 7pm

-W Volleyball-

  1. McDaniel @ 7pm

Goucher High Tide 2018

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An Insider Look at the High Tide Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

So I don’t know how the rest of Goucher students spent their spring break, but I was fortunate enough to spend my spring break in sunny South Carolina for the High Tide Ultimate Tournament with two ultimate frisbee teams from Goucher.
The Goucher men’s team, “Gophbusters”, and the Goucher women’s team, “All You Can Eat” are both part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club here at Goucher, but play as separate teams for the men’s and women’s brackets of the High Tide Tournament.
High Tide is a series of college ultimate frisbee tournaments divided across four weeks and taking place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each of the week long tournaments draw in frisbee teams from colleges all across the East Coast and Midwest. As a result, my team and I had the opportunity to face off against a wide variety of opponents, each with unique strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to bring to the field.
Some teams showed better sportsmanship than others, but I personally never felt disrespected or degraded by any of the teams we played against. There was plenty of spirit to go around both on the frisbee field and off of it. Players on both sides swapped stories and jokes on the sidelines while chanting an endless supply of cheers to their teammates. After games you would often find teams congratulating opposing players on their accomplishments and successful plays during the game. When the Goucher men’s team had bye games we would go watch the Goucher women’s team to cheer them on and provide encouragement, and vice versa. The overall vibe of the High Tide Tournament seemed much more friendly and supportive compared to tournaments I’ve played in for other sports such as basketball and baseball.
At the end of the week, when I asked my teammate Brian Barger, ‘21, what his favorite part about High Tide 2018 was, he quickly told me that while he really enjoyed all the time spent playing frisbee, “the community bonding was huge.” Both Brian and I have been part of the ultimate frisbee team since the beginning of the school year, attending numerous practices for two to three days a week for months on end, but spending a week together in a house with the team showed me sides of my teammates that I never saw during practices or games. The senior members of the team did a great job of taking care of the rookies and the rest of the team by helping them stay healthy and well rested in preparation for the rapid barrage of frisbee games we played each day of the tournament. Each ultimate frisbee game at High Tide is 70 minutes long, and teams play between one to four games each day, often back to back unless teams are lucky enough to get a bye game somewhere in between the cluster of matches. Ultimate frisbee involves a huge amount of running up and down the field and the pace of the game is very quick with constant movement and few timeouts. Captains were constantly encouraging teammates to drink plenty of water, gatorade, and even pickle juice for electrolytes to help with muscle cramps and fatigue. When I would finally come back to the house with the rest of the team after each long day of frisbee, both the men’s and women’s team would come together and cook meals for everyone and participate in a variety of bonding activities such as watching movies and making crafts. Captains would then tell us to get to sleep early each night in preparation for the next day of frisbee. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better spring break and High Tide had a lot to do with that.

Men’s Lacrosse Beats Scranton in First Landmark Conference Match of the Season, 12-10

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It didn’t look like a normal spring lacrosse game for the Gophers this past Saturday. The turf was still surrounded with snow from the massive snow storm that we received over spring break. The fans that bore the cold weather were able to witness an intense and exciting game, with no clear winner until the 4th quarter.

It was clear from the beginning that this game was one for the books. Each time scored a goal pretty early on in the quarter, with Goucher taking a 2-1 lead later in the quarter. But soon after, Goucher and the Scranton Royals were tied 2-2.

The game remained intense throughout the second quarter. If Goucher scored a goal, Scranton almost immediately answered with a goal. Goucher scored three of the last goals of the second quarter leading them into a halftime score of 7-5.

It was clear that whatever Head Coach Brian Kelly said to the team during the halftime talk was enough to keep the momentum. Goucher continued to push Scranton’s defense in the third quarter, where Goucher outscored Scranton 4-1. Junior Zephan Harnish scored the 11th point, giving the Gophers their biggest lead all game, 11-6. This was one of 35 shots the Gophers put up that day.

The fourth quarter seemed to be back-and-forth when it came to goal scoring. Goucher scored their 12th point, but soon after, Scranton answered, making the score 12-7. But, Scranton didn’t give up. Their offense responded quickly with three goals, leaving the Gophers stunned with a score of 12-10.

“We played with good energy and to our strengths letting us dictate the tempo,” said sophomore Matt Woodson, who led Goucher with 3 assists against Scranton.

Also leading Goucher was junior Mason Gorman who scored three goals against Scranton. He also scored two assists. Gorman has now scored nine goals and contributed seven assists for the Gophers.

Juniors Zephan Harnish and Grant LaSorda each scored two goals, with sophomore Andrew Sade and senior Derek Bitzer joining them. Senior Pierce Bailey also helped the Gophers with his one goal. Sade also had two assists.

The defense also played a significant role for Goucher’s win against Scranton. Seniors Jack Benziger and Corey Hill both contributed three turnovers apiece, with the overall defense racking up 17 turnovers.

In goal for Goucher was senior Matt Messerle, who made 16 saves against Scranton. Messerle now has double-digit saves in five matches so far this year. He was also named Goucher College Athlete of the week and was named Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week in February.

The Gophers’ historic win over Scranton earned them a top spot in the Landmark Conference. This was the first time Goucher beat Scranton since April 30th, 2014. The team also improved their overall season record to 6-4.

When asked about the team’s response after the big win, sophomore Nick Patterson simply stated, “Ecstatic. The energy in the locker room was more than it ever was last year. We feel very prepared for our game against Elizabethtown.”

The men’s lacrosse team returns home on April 18th with a conference game against Catholic at 4:00 PM.

Featured image: From Goucher Athletics

Track and Field Landmark Conference

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On Saturday, February 24th, the Gophers competed in the Landmark Conference at the indoor track and field Landmark Conference championship. first-year Brian Sullivan, from the men’s team, came in ninth place in the 60-meter dash and tenth place in the 200-meter dash with respective times of 7.42 and 24.03 (seconds). On the field, sophomore Darby Bauer finished ninth in the weight throw, launching the weight a whopping 39’8.50”.
Sophomore Natalie Kent, finishing second in the shot put, scored the highest for the women’s team, leading them to a sixth place finish. Sophomore Taylor Gunter placed fourth in the shot put with respective tosses of 35’ 9.25” and 34’ 11.75”. Gunter also placed third in the weight throw with an effort of 44’ 6.25”. Sophomore Gabby Blazek made third place in the pole vault clearing 9’ 5.75”. On the track, sophomores Michell Wolinsky and Anna Galina and first-years Kennedy Lowery and Enid Swatson took third in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:55.24. Gallina had high finishes, placing seventh in the 200-meter dash (28.18) and tenth in the 400-meter dash (1:07.48). In the distance medley relay, first-years Jennifer Alves, Enid Swatson, and Isabel Srour and sophomore Victoria Wheeler took sixth place with Alves, Swatson, and Wheeler running distances they have never run on the track.
The indoor track team is saying goodbyes to seniors Brandon Creed and Katie Thompson. Creed was named to the Landmark Conference All-Sportsmanship Team along with sophomore Anna Gallina. Goucher will miss the heck out of these folks.
On Saturday, March 24th, the Gophers will host the Goucher Classic Invitational. Come support the Gophers on the track, because, as Coach John Caslin always says, “it’s a great day to be a Gopher!”

Featured Image: Landmark Conference Logo. Photo Credit: Goucher College Website

ISABEL SROUR

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