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.”

First-year student launches Gophers vs. Cancer Campaign

Tori Russell

Chief Copy Editor 

First-year student Erika DiPasquale is keeping very busy during her first year at Goucher. She plays volleyball for the Goucher team, she is a board member with the Rotaract Club of Towson, and most recently, Erika has launched the Gophers vs. Cancer campaign on Goucher’s campus. Sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Towson, Gophers vs. Cancer is a fundraiser spin-off to Coaches vs. Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) nationwide effort to spread cancer awareness as well as raise money for the ACS. The difference is that the money raised by Gophers vs. Cancer will go towards Goucher’s GC Gophers vs. Cancer team for Relay for Life at Towson University. In the end, all money raised will go directly to the ACS.

DiPasquale became involved with the ACS at a young age. When she was in 3rd grade, her Girl Scout troop volunteered at an ACS event called “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.” After that event, she continued to volunteer at the walk annually, eventually developing a relationship with the Vice President of the Northern New Jersey region ACS. “[They] encouraged me to start a Relay For Life in my hometown of Paramus,” says DiPasquale. During her junior year of high school, she started the event for Paramus and acted as the chairperson. That year, they raised over $100,000 for the ACS and earned the New Jersey Rookie Event of the Year Award. Her senior year, the event raised $150,000 and had over 1,000 community members involved. Now, DiPasquale is looking to fundraise here at Goucher.

During certain athletic games this year, DiPasquale and the Rotaract Club will have a booth selling $1 Gophers vs. Cancer cards. Donors can choose to decorate them as they wish. The cards will be hung up on a “Wall of Hope” to show the large number of people who have been affected by cancer in some way. Additionally, the booth will have Luminaria bags. DiPasquale says, “People can dedicate a Luminaria bag in memory of a cancer victim or in honor of a survivor for a $10 donation. [These bags] will be a part of the Luminaria Ceremony during the Relay For Life at Towson University on April 18.”

The first Gophers vs. Cancer event was held at the women’s volleyball game on October 11. DiPasquale says the event was a huge success and “raised a significant sum of money.” Additionally, she said, “people were very interested in the cause.” The volleyball team showed their support by wearing pink socks, shoelaces, headbands, pre-wrap, and warm-up shirts. During halftime, there was a serving event where anyone who donated money had the opportunity to win a tee shirt.

As for future events, the club is going to continue to set up a booth during future sporting events. However, the next Gophers vs. Cancer event is not until the spring. DiPasquale hopes that the winter and spring sports will also be interested in the event. She is also looking for volunteers to help out with the booth in the future. If anyone is interested in getting involved or volunteering, they should contact Erika DiPasquale at erdip001@mail.goucher.edu or the rotaractcluboftowson@gmail.com. People are needed to help out during the day of the event or beforehand in the planning process.

On April 18, the Rotaract Club of Towson is going to be participating at the Towson University Relay For Life. Any Goucher students, faculty, and staff can join the relay team “GC Gophers vs. Cancer.” To register, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/TowsonMD and click “Join Team.” DiPasquale says, “relay is a great way for students to participate in the American Cancer Society’s mission and further their involvement in the community!”

Baltimore Orioles proceed to the Major League Baseball Playoffs

Siobhan Dempsey

Staff Writer

On September 18, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, therefore clinching their spot in the Major League Baseball playoffs by winning the American League East pennant. The other American League teams that went to the playoffs are the Oakland Athletics, the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The National League teams that initially went to the playoffs were the Washington Nationals, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the San Francisco Giants.

Since 2013, the Major League Baseball Playoffs have had four rounds. This change is because the Houston Astros switched teams from the National League to the American League, giving both leagues an odd number of teams. Previously, the playoffs were played without the first round.

In the first round, the two wildcard teams from each league play each other in a “sudden death” match. The four wildcard teams this year were the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics in the American League and the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League. Kansas City beat Oakland to gain their first proper playoff spot since 1985 and San Francisco beat Pittsburgh to gain their first playoff spot since they won the World Series in 2012.

The second round is a best of five game series between two teams in the same league. Two teams from the same division never play each other in this round, even if one of the teams is a wildcard team. The third round is a best of seven game series between the final two teams in each league. That means this year the winner of the Orioles vs. Tigers will play the winner of the Royals vs. Angels and the winner of the Nationals vs. Giants will play the winner of the Dodgers vs. Cardinals.

The World Series is the final round of the Major League Baseball playoffs. It is a best of seven series between the final two teams.

As of deadline, things are looking very optimistic for our hometown team, and this writer hopes they continue their winning streak.

A League of Our Own

Eli Kaufman

Staff Writer

Every Wednesday on Belden Field, six teams comprised of over 50 students enjoy an activity unlike any other.
Today in sports, all you hear about is tough competition, brawls, and complaints about the way games are officiated. But there is one sport that is governed by the love of the game. Ultimate frisbee is quite unique. There are no referees, umpires, or instant replay. Every decision is made by the players and the spirit of the game could not be higher.

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee has been at Goucher for a few years now and it continues to grow every season. The league exists in both semesters in order to give athletes a chance to participate. “Intramurals are a great way to get out and play the game,” says Ben Saeks ‘17. “You don’t have to be the best player ever; it could be your first game.”

The mix of veterans and rookies on the field make for great learning and social experiences as well. Sophomore Jackson Hickey had one semester of frisbee under his belt in high school, but his passion grew once he arrived at Goucher. “Frisbee has better spirit than any other sport, with the possible exception of curling. The lack of refereeing leads to a sense of community and honor that promotes sportsmanship above all else.”
Saeks believes that intramurals are a great way to begin to get involved with the club team. “Intramurals bring a nice mix of people from the team and people who just want to play for fun,” says Saeks. “If you come to intramurals and decide you like it, it’s one easy step to join the team. The team is kind of like a family.”

Fall Sports Updates

Megan Meluskey
Sports Editor

Men’s Soccer
The team has produced a 5-4 record and is currently 1-1 in the Landmark conference. Senior Captains Lashaw Salta, Brandon Weiner, Thomas Adair and Nate Margolis have been leading the team to what will hopefully be a successful Landmark campaign. Their team goal is to make the Landmark tournament after being just out of contention for the last few years. With Landmark play in just the beginnings, the men have picked up 3 points with a win over Moravian. Ahead of the Landmark is Merchant Marine with 6 points. The Gophers dropped a tough 0-1 game up in Long Island at the Academy last Saturday. Leading scorers this season are Kevin Tonkovich with 3 and Lashaw Salta following with 2. Five additonal Gophers have contributed to the rest of the goals scored this season. Starting goalkeeper Nick Stolarz has a .734 save percentage so far this season.

Women’s Soccer
After a strong defensive start, the women’s team has had a few tough losses mid season. Prior to their overtime loss against Moravian, the women beat Hood 3-1 but the momentum was not enough to carry over to the conference rival. Taking on a strong Elizabethtown team on Saturday October 4, the Gophers held on with a score of 2-6. Lindsey Puopolo has led the offense with 3 goals. Goalkeepers, Liz Stradmen, Julianna Harkavy and Lexi Rudolph have combined for three shutouts. Rudolph was also recognized as Landmark Player of the Week early in the season. The team’s record is 3-6-1.

Women’s Field Hockey
Goucher’s Field Hockey team is off to their best season in years with a record of 7-2. The Gophers posted their first Landmark Conference win in five years in an overtime win against Moravian. Senior Captain Justine Ruhlin is leading the Gopher attack with 10 goals and was recognized as the Landmark Player of the Week late in September. Lizzie Barminski and Rachel Crain both have 5 goals on the season. Goal Keeper Demie Huffman has a .822 save percentage and back up goalies Taylor Striar and Liz Zengle have contributed to two shutouts thus far.

Volleyball
With a new coach at the helm, the Gophers have made a good showing this season. They are 7-12 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The team had a huge upset win in 5 sets against the favored Cardinals of Catholic. This past weekend the team was 0-2 against conference rivals Juniata and Susquehanna.

Women’s Cross Country
Goucher has had 4 meets thus far, coming in 4th place in their first meet, and 25th in their 3rd meet. Saturday October 4th in Bethlehem, they took 29th place. Runners Amanda Tascarella, Anna Sandacz, and Zoe Malkin are among Goucher’s top runners.

Dodgeball tournament proceeds to benefit the Matthew Gabriel Scholarship Fund

Megan Meluskey

Sports Editor

On most Sunday afternoons, you’ll find many Goucher College students spread out on the quad, relaxing, doing some homework and preparing for the upcoming week. However, on the warm and sunny Sunday of September 14 much of the college’s campus was gathered on or around the tennis courts to participate in the first Annual One Family Dodge ball Tournament. This tournament began as a way to raise money for the Matthew Gabriel One Family Scholarship Award fund. Matthew Gabriel, a hard working economics student and a talented  lacrosse player was tragically hit and killed by a drunk driver last April.  Organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Goucher Athletic Department, the tournament included not just dodge ball but also a dunk tank, a bracket competition, a bake sale and the sale of the men’s lacrosse team’s “MG3” tee shirts. The entire day raised over $1000 for the endowment fund, surpassing the goals of SAAC and the athletic department. Lexi Rudolph ‘16, a SAAC representative, stated that it was a highly successful event for the endowment fund as well as a tribute to Gabriel’s legacy here at Goucher. Rudolph hopes the success of this year will allow SAAC to continue the event into future years.

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