The independent student newspaper of Goucher College


Kayla York

Kayla York has 3 articles published.

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

Volleyball ‘Sets’ Eyes on a Better Half of Season


The Goucher women’s volleyball team had big goals for their 2017 season when coming back this school year. Unfortunately, those goals were quickly crushed in the first half of September when the Gophers found themselves losing seven straight matches.
The 2016 season was a rough one for the team. They had a 7-19 overall season. They only beat one team in the Landmark Conference, in which both Juniata and Susquehanna made it to the NCAA Division 3 Volleyball Championships.
However, the returning girls worked hard over the winter, spring, and summer. In the winter, they joined the women’s tennis team and field hockey team in speed and agility training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You could see the girls in and out of the weight room or the gym working on their skills.
The team now consists of what would be considered a ‘junior varsity’ squad: three sophomores and six freshman.
The Gophers started out the 2017 season with an exciting tournament opportunity in Virginia Beach playing Cabrini, St. Catherine, and Virginia Wesleyan. The team lost all three matches, but did make a run for it against St. Catherine and Virginia Wesleyan, losing only 3-1. The team went on to lose the next four matches.
But all was not lost. The team made a comeback, winning against Gwynedd Mercy, 3-0. That win was followed by another 3-0 win against Bryn Mawr 3 days later. And another win followed against Immaculata, 3-2.
During their first conference match against Susquehanna, the team fell to the River Hawks 3-0. The Gophers fell to Scranton as well, 3-0.
The volleyball team was predicted to finish in seventh place, but is currently tied for fifth place, alongside Catholic and Elizabethtown. They are working to getting back on track and beat their seventh place prediction.
The Gophers aren’t only working to make a dent in the Landmark Conference, they are working to create a sense of community.
The Gophers just recently held a successful volleyball clinic for middle school girls who play at a local recreation league in the area. The team has also volunteered their time at the Ronald McDonald House for the past few years.
The Gophers are currently 3-12. Their next scheduled home match is Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 PM against Lancaster Bible.


Field Hockey Team Aims to Play in Conference Tournament, All While They #LiveFearlessly



Students show their support for Erin Fields. Photo Credit: Goucher College

The Goucher women’s field hockey team 2016 season ended with heartbreak and determination. But so far loss has only fueled their fire to come out stronger and more competitive than before.
Last year, after losing to Elizabethtown in the Landmark Conference semi-finals in the last few seconds, Head Coach Megan Williams set the standard high in the new season, in order to reach the semi-finals again this year, followed by the championship.
The Gophers kicked off their 2017 season against St. Mary’s of Maryland on Friday, September 1st. The game went into double overtime, followed by shootouts. Junior Maya Belin scored within the first 12 minutes to put the Gophers ahead 1-0. The Gophers held this lead into the second half until the Seahawks scored. At the end of regulation, the teams were still tied 1-1. During both overtimes, the Gophers fought hard to score a goal. But it was sophomore Megan Wells who kept the cage free of any game-winning goals for the Seahawks with a career-high 21 saves. With the teams still tied at the end of two overtimes and with the pressure mounting, the game went into 1 vs 1. Both goalies played a respectable game, blocking shots left and right, but in the end it was St. Mary’s who ended with the win.
Although the first game ended in a loss, there was something greater than field hockey that the team decided to fight for: Erin Field, a teammate during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Erin Field was involved in a life-changing accide

More students support Field Hockey Team. Photo Credit: Goucher College

nt in early July, rendering her unable to return to school. The Gophers dedicated Sunday’s game against Johns Hopkins University to Erin and her battle to recover. As a talented athlete and a dedicated student, her absence has been felt dearly by the student body and the entire athletic community at Goucher.
With the sun shining bright this past Sunday afternoon, the women’s field hockey team played a fierce game against the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays, donning teal bracelets with the hashtag  #LiveFearlessly. The bracelets and special video messages were available for friends, family, and fans to provide support for Erin. The crowd was dedicated to cheering on the team and Erin in her recovery. Some even painted “Erin #3” on their chests. The Blue Jays outshot the Gophers 34-9 at the end of the 4-0 loss on Sunday. But the Gophers don’t look down on the outcome.
When asked about the game, Coach Williams responded, “Hopkins exposed our weaknesses today and luckily we have the time to make adjustments.” In looking forward to the rest of the season, Coach was excited to say that, “the program is in a place where we can schedule tough out of conference opponents,” because playing harder opponents in the beginning of the season can only lead to a better outcome when the team heads into conference play on September 23rd, against Juniata College.
The team didn’t feel defeated either. Junior Jackie Juarez said, “It was a really special game for us as a team. We wanted to show our teammate and friend how much we love and support her in this difficult time. Even though we didn’t come away with a win, each one of us gave our all for Erin and we got the Goucher community together to show their love for her too and to me that was more important than any win.
“Erin is a tough girl who is attacking rehab just like she’s attacked other challenges–head on. We hope these messages bring a smile on her face,” Coach Williams said.
The Gophers were predicted to finish fourth out of eight teams in the Landmark. The team is determined to finish better than that in their effort to #LiveFearlessly. The field hockey team’s next home game is Sunday, September 30th, at 1:00 for PM vs. Susquehanna.


Go to Top