Men’s swim team finds early success

Michael Layer

Staff Writer

In Goucher’s Eline von Borries Aquatic Center, the individual success of the men’s swim team is displayed on an enormous white record board, loaded with the best times from the best swimmers on their best days. These records, with events rang- ing from a 50 yard sprint to a torturous mile swim, are almost entirely held by current Goucher students. In speaking with several members of the swim team, it was apparent that their ambition for success was complimented, if not motivated, by the team’s altruism.

For every event, members of the team crowd around the edges of the pool, cheering on their teammates, boosting signs saying, “Friends don’t quit.” Morgan Richter ’16 commented on the team cohesion in a sport focused on the individual, “When you’re at the meet, some- times, it feels very individual, but the reason you got there is because of people pushing you in practice.” Richter continued, commenting that much of the team’s success is high- lighted by their desire for success, their compassion, and their encouragement, regardless of how individualistic the races might seem.

Captain Sam Davis ’15 knows that success does not happen overnight. He mentioned that Coach Tom Till holds practice every opportunity he can, whether it’s a workout in the gym, multiple practices a day, running on the track, or even practice on the weekends. “I know how hard other college athletes work…but some of the best athletes in the world are college swimmers… the amount of time [we] put in is ridiculous.”

The team is looking big- ger, stronger, and faster than ever before. Davis, al- though praising his team, has high expectations. “We’re not sitting there, saying we want medals, we want first, we want conference championships, NCAA qualifications, we want a lot of big things this year.” He continued, im- ploring his team to break all nineteen records this year. “It’s within reach for the first time in history.”

The team’s inspiration hasn’t always been driven by extrinsic motivation. At one point the swim team only had three members, one of them being recent alumni, Brendan “Bo” Mc- Fadden ‘13. They were dubbed the “Ironmen,” and these three dedicated swimmers would compete in every event, simply to avoid forfeiting the meet.

“This is the best swim team… We weren’t always like this,” he said, watch- ing as the men’s team beat the University of Scranton for the first time in school history.

The men’s team is now 5-1 with their most recent 104-101 victory over their rival Scranton. They look to continue their excel- lent run of form scoring an average of 123 points per meet while only conceding an average of 77 points per meet. The team will swim against Catholic in their second to last home meet on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00pm.

Men’s soccer team makes Landmark Tournament

Megan Meluskey

Sports Editor

For the first time in program history, the Goucher Men’s Soccer team made it to the Landmark Conference tournament. Since Goucher joined the Landmark Conference in 2007, the Men’s soccer team has had yet to make a post-season appearance. That all changed this season when the team produced a record of 8-6-3 and a conference record of 3-3-2, which was good enough to get them the fourth and final seed in the tournament. Coach Laut, the Gophers head coach said, “Making the Landmark playoffs for the first time was extremely special for our group. It legitimizes our winning record over the past two years while also proving to us as a group that we are capable of reaching our goals and even more.”

The men were matched up against the top seed, The Catholic University, Cardinals, in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 5. Catholic scored the first goal of the game in the second half, but with just over three minutes left, Goucher’s Lashaw Salta ’15 tied the game with an unassisted goal. It was a hard fought and highly competitive matchup that sustained a 1-1 score through two overtimes. Finally, Catholic defeated the Gophers in penalty kicks. The shootout ended in a 7-6 score, crowning the Cardinals as the winners and propelling them to the championship round of the tournament.

For senior, Nate Margolis ’15, participating in the post season tournament was a huge highlight. He stated, “it was the most rewarding experience I have had through soccer. We worked for four years to build a team that was strong enough to make it to the playoffs and I felt like it was the culmination of, not only my own, but the coaches and the rest of the team’s work to achieve that goal.”

Many individuals on the team, including Margolis, were recognized by the conference and award All-Landmark recognition, a roster made up of the top players in the conference. Margolis, Tate Becker ’17, and Lashaw Salta ’15 were selected as 2nd team All-Landmark. One of this season’s top goals scorers Brandon Weiner ’15 landed on the 1st team of the All-Landmark squad.

Coach Laut, in his fifth season as head coach, was named Landmark Coach of the Year. Coach Laut says that three things produced their thrilling, record book season, “Every member of our team competed hard, believed in each other, and cared. They pushed each other when others would give up and were rewarded with some amazing and inspiring performances.”

Prior to 2007, the team was a member of the Capital Athletic Conference, and in the past 26 seasons, the men’s soccer team has produced four winning seasons; the last two seasons, the team has been above .500.

Midnight Madness kicks off basketball season

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

What do you get when you combine a 20 on 5 basketball game, free food, t-shirt giveaways, and school spirit? Pure madness of course! Wednesday, October 15 at midnight kicked off what is sure to be an exciting season of Goucher College basketball. Both Goucher basketball teams were met with cheers and screams from the crowd as they were introduced for the first time in the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. Both the men’s and women’s teams held a short scrimmage to give the student body a glimpse into what should be a successful season. Lexi Rudolph ‘16 helped facilitate the event and thought it was a great success. “I think there was good energy and the hip-hop team preformed exceptionally well. My favorite part was the hip-hop team performance and also when the teams were announced. I loved seeing how excited all the players were for their seasons to start. There was a sense of pride about playing for their respective programs.” The Goucher dance team and step team entertained the crowd as well. The event was a pleasant surprise for Evelyn Salazar ‘17. “This was my first time attending Midnight Madness and I loved it. I liked the amount of people that attended. It displayed the Goucher team spirit, which is something that is not usually seen here. It was nice to see everyone come out and support the basketball teams.” “The purpose,” according to Goucher Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, “is to generate excitement for the season. I am encouraged that this will result in more folks coming to games early on in the season to check things out.” Midnight Madness always sets things off on the right foot and gets everyone excited about basketball season. Let’s hope that excitement can carry into November and December.

San Francisco Giants win World Series

Siobhan Dempsey

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series. Madison Bumgarner, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, won the 2014 World Series MVP award due to his stellar pitching. Bumgarner pitched in three games this World Series and shut the Kansas City Royals out during two of those games. This was the third time that the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series in the last five years. Although this action is not unprecedented, it is still rather impressive. This was the eighth World Series win in the Giants franchise history, including the five wins that the franchise accrued when they were in New York. The Kansas City Royals had been the underdogs in the playoffs, as covered in the October 10th issue of The Quindecim. The Kansas City Royals entered the playoffs only by beating the Oakland Athletics in a sudden death wildcard game in late September. The Kansas City Royals had not been in the playoffs since 1985. Although the Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series, they had not won a World Series title before and they have not won a World Series title since. Many people thought and hoped that the Kansas City Royals would continue the momentum they gained during this year’s playoffs and go on to win the World Series and were incredibly disappointed when they did not succeed. Perhaps the Baltimore Orioles, our hometown team eliminated early in the playoffs, will do better next year.

Fall sports sweep Juniata Eagles

Megan Meluskey

Sports Editor

As a member of the Goucher communnity, whether a student, faculty or loyal Gopher, you have probably noticed a tall bell standing outside of the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. It’s the tradition of Goucher College athletics for every team to ring the giant bell after a win. On Saturday, October 25, everyone on campus had opportunity to hear this bell not once, not twice, but three times. As the fall sports season begins to wrap up, the 25th brought a day filled with exciting victories all across the board. The morning kicked off with a home field hockey match against the Juniata Eagles on Beldon Field. Three seniors, Justine Ruhlin, Emily Gill and Erica Shellem, were honored just before an intense match up that went into double overtime. After two scoreless halves, followed by one scoreless overtime period a goal came in the second overtime from Emily Jewell ’18. The freshman found the back of the cage off a corner play set up by the team’s offense. Goalkeeper Demie Huffman recorded seven saves and was awarded Landmark Defensive Player of the Week after the win. With this win, the team became 9-6, making it their first winning season since 1995 and the first of head coach, Megan Williams. Williams, just in her third year at the helm of the program has brought the team from two back to back seasons of being 4-12 to this year’s 9-7. Meanwhile, the men’s soccer team was away at Juniata taking the field for their conference matchup. After an uneasy start and being down two goals at the half, the men battled back from the deficit and made a thrilling comeback, resulting in a 4-3 win for the Gophers. Goals came from Thomas Adair ’15, Nate Margolis ’15, Luis Gomes ‘16 and a “team” goal set up by Lashaw Salta’s ’15 corner kick while Nick Stolarz ’17 backed the defense up with five saves. By defeating Juniata, the men kept their conference playoff hopes alive as they looked to their final home game against Susquehanna on Saturday, November 1st, a 1-1 tie in double overtime. With both the win and the tie, the men have made their first ever Landmark post-season tournament. The last of the fall sports teams to capture a win over Juniata on the 25th was the women’s soccer team. While the team has faced a challenging Landmark campaign thus far, they came together for a road victory at Juniata. Like the field hockey team, the outcome of the game was determined in a double overtime thriller. As time ticked away at the second overtime period, a goal off of a Gaby Davis ’16 penalty kick saved the day and propelled the Gophers to a 1-0 victory. Head Coach Tati Korba commented on the outcome of this game and explained what it meant to the team. She stated, “We have had a tough season where not a lot of things have bounced our way. A team with less character would have quit weeks ago, and we are proud of the fight and mentality of this group. The Juniata game was a great result against a good team that we needed and deserved.” Every year at the NCAA meeting for all Goucher athletes, the Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, talks about the potential of Goucher athletics to begin bringing home more conference championships in the next five years than the amount won in the last ten years. A day like this one makes it clear how close our Goucher sports teams are coming to fulfilling Mr. Miller’s prediction. And on this day just like many days, it was definitely a “great day to be a Gopher.”

Is this real life? Is it just fantasy?

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

Sunday afternoons.  For some, this is the last chance to finish up all of those assignments that need to be completed by Monday or Tuesday.  But for others, it is the highlight of their weekend.

Football fans live for Sunday afternoons…well…technically, they live for Thursday nights, Sunday afternoons, Sunday nights, and Monday nights.  But most of the action that takes place in the National Football League occurs on Sunday afternoon. 

At Goucher, the Athenaeum is full of students supporting their team.  There are a few San Francisco 49ers jerseys, a New York Giants jersey or two, one Detroit Lions shirt, and a large New England Patriots cohort.  But football fans don’t just stop watching when their game is over.  They watch all day and night.  Why is that you ask?  Fantasy football!

Fantasy football is, according to Joseph Weintraub ‘17, “a way for people to experience the dream of managing a team.”  Every year, thousands of leagues form across the United States, and sports fans create teams based on speculation from “fantasy experts.”  Networks such as ESPN have shows dedicated to fantasy predictions and give advice for the upcoming slate of games. 

Fantasy football is as fun as you make it.  At Goucher, groups of students come together and select their teams in a draft.  At the draft, each player manages his or her own team.  Each student selects players one at a time to fill different positions: one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex (RB, WR, or TE), one team defense, and one kicker.  Each position has its own scoring rubric based upon real life statistics.  David Sibony ‘17 explains it as “real life managers putting a team of NFL players together and comparing their stats on a point basis to see whose team is better.” However, the team you draft is not set in stone.  As the season goes on, managers can trade players to other teams. 

Over the past four years, the number of Goucher students that have become involved in fantasy football has grown tremendously.  When you are in the Athenaeum on a Sunday and you hear a loud cheer, boo, or debate, it probably involves fantasy football. 

Riding past the competition: Equestrian’s high expectations

Michael Layer

Staff Writter

On October 4 in front of adoring fans at the Mt. St. Mary’s Intercollegiate Horse Show, the Goucher College equestrian team confidently out-showed its competition. After speaking with a few Goucher’s riders, Sarah Lummis ‘17, Allison Radgowski ‘17, and Joey Fink ‘15, it was easy to determine how humble these riders are regarding their accomplishments.

In their first show of the IHSA season, Goucher was first place in every event, except two; in those two, Goucher riders placed second. To highlight their accomplishment, the Goucher team got 47 points out of a possible 49, resulting in a success rate of 95.9%. In the show, the team accrued 25 points higher than their closest competitor. The High Point Rider, the award given to the rider with the most points in the show, was given to Goucher’s Fink. Winner of the Intermediate Fences Division, Radgowski, said, “It was rewarding to know that hard work we and the coaches put in paid off.”

The Goucher Equestrian team had high expectations heading into their spring time showcase season. According to winner of the Advanced Walk/Trot Canter, Lummis, “we’re hoping to continue to lead and go undefeated like last year.” So far, the team is holding true to its projected expectations. The team placed first in the Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic, Mt. St. Mary’s ISHA Show, and Goucher’s ISHA Show.

The team’s success can be attributed to their coaching staff. Lummis was quick to note the influence of her coaches, Jen Bunty and Brittany Martin. Bunty, in her second season as head equestrian coach and director, is off to another good start. In her first season as head coach of the Gophers, the team placed first in every region show and she brought the team to the team’s second best showing at the national level, placing sixth. 

The Goucher Equestrian team’s next contest is away at the Maryland/Johns Hopkins’ ISHA Show in Oatland, Maryland. Last year, they won the event at The University of Maryland’s Other Left Farm. Radgowski said, “We’re excited to go to our first away show of the season and we’re hoping to add to our 31 point lead in our region.”

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