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September 15th – September 28th


Sat. 15th

-W Volleyball-


  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


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


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


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


Goodbye (for now) to Athletics Director Geoff Miller


The Gophers and Goucher College are saying a tearful goodbye to Director of Athletics Geoffrey Miller after gracing Goucher with his love and hard work for twenty two years. Not only was dear Mr. Miller the Director of Athletics. Additionally, Mr. Miller graced Goucher as a professor in Goucher’s graduate school’s M.Ed. program, concentrating in sports administration and leadership. Mr. Miller’s previous work had him in Washington College working as the Director of Athletics for seven years. Thankfully, he decided to come to Goucher in 1994 to serve as the Director of Athletics in hopes of “building of an athletic program” for the students and community here at Goucher.
During his time at Goucher, Mr. Miller has been a force of change, overseeing the addition of the track, pavilion and turf field, and the conversion of classrooms into the weight rooms in the SRC. Mr. Miller also brought Goucher to the Landmark Conference, which he helped to create. While making changes, Mr. Miller also noted changes around him, including the many curriculum changes. According to Mr. Miller, “we aren’t salesmen, but we’re trying to sell the school to our students.” To Mr. Miller, change is for the better.
As for the future of Goucher, Miller hopes that the Gophers bring home the metaphorical gold, winning more conference championships and gaining more national recognition for grades. After more then twenty years of work, Geoffrey Miller will be truly missed by the faculty and the students for his friendly and kind-hearted attitude. And although this is a goodbye, it’s not goodbye forever, as Mr. Miller plans to keep in touch with Goucher’s teams. From all of us in the Goucher Community, bon voyage and may the next step in your life’s journey be fruitful and pleasant.

Featured Image: Geoff Miller, with his daughter Sara, on Beldon Field in 2011. Photo Credit: WordPress blog by Billy Weiss, ‘11


Frisbee Golf at Goucher

Map of Goucher’s Disc Golf Course Photo Credit: Professional Disc Golf Association

Do you know where to find Goucher’s Frisbee Golf course on campus? Did you know that Goucher actually has a Frisbee Golf course? Do you know what Frisbee Golf is?
Frisbee golf (officially called disc golf) is a sport that combines the core premise and scoring system of golf with the use of specialized frisbees and frisbee golf baskets as opposed to golf balls and holes in the ground. The goal of disc golf is to throw the frisbee into the frisbee golf basket, called a hole, in as few throws as possible while navigating the terrain of the course. Following the first hole, players throw from the tee box based on score, with the lowest scorer going first, just like golf. Official disc golf courses range from 200 to 400 ft. long and often include many obstacles such as trees, foliage, and elevation changes. However, the most important thing players must consider for every throw in frisbee golf is the wind current. The strength of the breeze (or lack thereof) is pivotal to the destination of each disc thrown, forcing players to adjust their throws accordingly. To start each “hole” in disc golf, players throw their discs off of concrete slabs known as tee boxes that also provide the hole number, the direction of the disc golf basket, and distance to the target disc golf basket from the tee box.
The disc golf baskets have chains that allow them to catch discs thrown at them and are usually painted bright colors to make them more visible to players. In order to complete a hole, discs have to land either in the basket or on the chains. The disc golf frisbees themselves are smaller than conventional frisbees to allow longer and more accurate throws. Discs come in many different shapes to allow for various types of short to long range shots. Putter discs are meant for slow, accurate, and controlled shots at a close range, usually when attempting to score in the disc golf basket. Mid-range discs have slightly sharper edges at the bottom of the disc compared to putter discs and are meant for faster and longer distance shots at the cost of decreased accuracy. Driver discs have the sharpest angles at their bottoms and are meant for the fastest and longest distance throws at the cost of accuracy. Drivers are often used to tee off at the beginning of each hole. However, owning a wide collection of different type discs isn’t essential to the sport, and you can easily play a course only using a single disc per person.

Frisbee golf basket with disks. Photo credit:

Goucher’s disc golf course can be found in the woods behind Van Meter Hall, with the tee box for the first hole located by the tennis courts. Disc golf may sound intimidating to newcomers with so many rules and technicalities, but the reality is that if you can toss a frisbee, you’re ready to play. So grab some discs, a couple friends, and play some frisbee golf right here in the woods of Goucher! To see a map of the 9 hole course here at Goucher and get more specifics on the course, check out

The Equestrian Team: Something to Be Proud of


Goucher’s equestrian team is something to be proud of. The team is known for their skill and enthusiasm for the sport. There are even some places on campus where the horses venture with their riders, such as the jumps near a trail in the woods. Unlike most sports, the equestrian season is a nearly all year. Several events take place both on and off campus. Horseback riding is an interesting sport in that it involves more than just a competitor and their teammates; it involves the competitor and another animal that they themselves are responsible for. In a way, the horse is valued much as a teammate and partner.

Senior Cary Hundley claimed High Point Rider award for fifth consecutive show in early November. Photo Credit: Goucher College Athletics

There is a lot of work that goes into the team, beyond the shows and competitions. Goucher is one of the only schools to host horses on its campus, so riders have the liberty to practice and train on their own and with instructors multiple days a week.

Ari Schlossberg, a senior who is going on his fourth year on the team, talks about some of the process behind the horse shows and how they operate.

Surprisingly, home events take up more of the day than away events. The day starts as early as 5:30 AM and lasts until about 5 PM. All riders are expected to groom and tack up the horses. The horses that the riders compete with that day are not necessarily the ones that they have been practicing with. The available horses are not decided by the riders, but the horse will most likely match the skill level of the rider. When the competing school arrives, there will usually be horses being “schooled” in the outside arena. These are horses that have to be worked on for many various reasons, and the people riding the schooling horses are able to display their skills to the opposing school.

Once the horses are all groomed and tacked, they need to be warmed up. Warm-ups are important for both the rider and the horse. Schlossberg says that warming up gets the horse’s temperature, breathing, and muscles prepped for working and being active out in the ring. He also says that when he’s competing, it is very easy for him to “get in the zone.”

There is not as much rivalry between schools in terms of equestrian sporting as one might expect. However, there are still intense situations. If a rider’s score is tied with another rider, they will compete with each other for a dominant score, which can be more personal to the rider than most parts of a competition.

Schlossberg says that competing is “an act of focusing.” There is a checklist of things that a rider needs to be aware of in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, paying special attention to the skills that they have fine-tuned over the course of any given training period. He states that. when thinking about horsemanship, there is no one thing that is more important than any other. “Poise” is the word Schlossberg says most accurately encapsulates it. “The idiom ‘get back in the saddle’ exists for a reason.”


Winter Sports Begin, Communications Head Hired


Winter Sports
Goucher’s winter sports teams (men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and indoor track and field) have been practicing for a while now, but their competition seasons are just getting started.

This semester, the swim team has won two of four meets. Swimmer above is junior Ila Jackson. Photo Credit: Goucher College Athletics

The Women’s swim team won two out of four meets, beating Hood College and Stevenson University, while losing by small margins to Frostburg University and Elizabethtown. Against Elizabethtown, the Gophers racked up a lot of high-scoring swims, lacking the depth to secure the points to bring home a win. It’s worth taking note that Goucher took first, second and third places in the 1000 freestyle against Elizabethtown by Alexis Regopoulos, Kathryn Shannon, and Catherine Yost. First-year Alexis Leszewski successfully won the 50 and the 100 freestyle, and fellow first-year Kathryn Shannon won the 100 backstroke. Additionally Co-Captains Alexis Regopoulos and Kyanna Cadwallader won the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events.
On the Men’s side, Goucher also lost to the Blue Jays but rallied behind some impressive swims. Senior Co-Captain Ian Furst took first place in the 1000 freestyle while junior Eli Gang secured The duo also took first and third in the 500 freestyle. Senior Jerel McCord placed second in the 100 fly, and first-year Troy Thompson placed third in the 50 freestyle. Basketball  
Women’s basketball will open on November 15th in a home game against Shenandoah University. Men’s basketball begins later that same night in a home game vs. Wilson College. Good luck Gophers!

Athletics Reaches Out
Student Athlete Advisory Council
The Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has had a busy semester so far. SAAC, which acts primarily as a medium for student athletes to communicate with the academic and athletic administration at Goucher, also hosts fundraising events and provides new opportunities for Student-athletes to get involved outside of the realm of sports. This fall, SAAC has hosted the One Family Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament raises money for the scholarship fund dedicated to honoring former men’s lacrosse player Matthew Gabriel, otherwise known as the MG3 fund. SAAC is still accepting donations and selling MG3 t-shirts. Beyond the MG3 Tournament, SAAC has also played a large role in organizing the athletes for Athletes games, which aim to promote inter-sport support and pride and get more Gophers out to cheer on their teammates at home matches. The team to attend the most games will win a trophy, recognition at the Spring Athletic Awards banquet, and of course, free food. Looking toward the future SAAC is hoping to organize more community service opportunities for athletes to attend during the spring semester in an initiative that hopes not only to increase volunteer opportunities for athletes, but also connect them to local communities.

John Gatto, the new director of Athletic Communications. Photo Credit: Goucher College Athletics

New Director of Communications
In other news, Goucher Athletics is excited to announce that John Gatto has been named director of Athletic Communications.
“After a national search that brought us a number of strong and experienced candidates, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of John Gatto,” said Director of Athletics Geoff Miller. “John has close to ten years of experience in the field of athletic communications. He knows the Landmark Conference well, has experience with video and all social media platforms, and he has proven to be nimble and adaptable in a business that is dynamic and changing daily. We can’t wait to get him on board and integrate him into our team here in athletics”.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Goucher College family,” said Gatto. “I want to thank Director of Athletics Geoff Miller and everyone involved in the search process for this incredible opportunity. Having the chance to publicize the accomplishments of Gopher student-athletes and coaches both on the field and off of it is a thrill and an honor, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Gatto comes to Goucher after previously working at another Landmark Conference School, the University of Scranton where he served as the Athletics Communications Assistant. He has also served as the media contact for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and men’s and women’s track & field at Georgia Tech. He earned his degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations in 2008 from Bloomsburg University.

The 25th Annual Renie Amoss Memorial Race

Renie Amoss Race: Picture: Jerel McCord, Andrew Rowland, Eli Gang, and Ian Furst. Photo Credit: Eli Gang

In 1993, Corene “Renie” Amoss, a recent Goucher graduate, was killed in an automobile accident. She was a three-sport athlete, an honors student who majored in economics and business management, and a friend to all. With her family’s blessing and involvement, the Athletic Department created the Renie Amoss Memorial Race. Each year, since the founding of the event in October 1993, the proceeds made from the 5k go toward the Renie Amoss Fund. The fund grants monetary awards to Goucher College students who have established an extraordinary academic record while partaking in more than one facet of student life on campus, just like Renie did. By 2012, the fund had reached a total of $150,000, thanks to race proceeds, fundraising, and generous donations.
The race takes place during Goucher’s Family Weekend, which allows students, family members, alumni/ae, and friends run the race, along with the general public. Ian Furst, ’18, ran the race this year and placed 2nd in the Men’s 21-25 age group. Furst reflected on the race saying, “The Renie Race is an amazing way to honor the incredible legacy of Renie Amoss. Not only does the run remember an incredible member of the Goucher family, but it helps to bring the whole of Goucher together every year, serving as a bond between all Goucher students, families, and friends of the school.”
Participants are also able to walk the race. Rachel Kieffer, ’18, and her mother walked the distance while her father ran. Kieffer, who is originally from California, enjoys taking part in the walk, while her mother collects leaves. “We don’t experience fall in California, so I like to collect leaves and watch the runners, plus it’s for a good cause and to spread the memory of Renie,” Kieffer’s mom says.
In addition to the students, community, and family members of Renie who come back to take part in the race, the athletic community at Goucher also gets involved. The men’s and women’s swim team have directed the foot traffic around the loop road and helped run the race since its inception in 1993. The volleyball team has in many years helped with registration and tabling. Goucher Basketball, men’s and women’s have also been volunteers. This year, Goucher pride was particularly strong with a large turnout for the race despite cool and rainy weather. At the end of the race, the three recipients of the Renie Amoss Fund are introduced, with this year’s winners being Wonde Pawlose, Jonny Davies, and Maren Hilliard.

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