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.

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.”

Author Jennifer Weiner visits Goucher

Megan Meluskey

Sports Editor

On October 8, the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum was packed with aspiring creative writers and avid fans of the novelist Jennifer Weiner. Weiner, a number one New York Times bestselling-author, television producer and former journalist, shared her story of how she achieved world-renowned success as a creative writer. Known for her novels, “Good in Bed,” “In Her Shoes,” and most recently, “All Fall Down,“ Weiner has made a major impact in women’s fiction. During her visit to Goucher, she met with aspiring creative writers to answer questions about her novels and her work advocating for female writers.

During her talk to the Goucher community, Weiner discussed her beginnings as a writer just out of Princeton, and the path she took that led her to success. She began as journalist for the State College area, writing about education, and then moved around until she got an offer writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Meanwhile, Weiner was working on her first novel, “Good In Bed,” every night until she reached out to an agent willing to help her publish her novel. The novel achieved major success, and her second novel reached enough success to be turned into a movie staring Cameron Diaz.

Weiner’s humor and personality charmed her presentation which was filled with personal anecdotes about her family life and their reactions to her success as a writer. One anecdote was about when Weiner told her mother that her first book was being published. She stated that the moment when one discovers they will be published is the best moment one can hope for. Except for her. Since the title of her novel was “Good In Bed,” the moment was more awkward than special.

The event was packed, and it appeared that all the guests were entertained by Weiner’s life story.

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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Administration rejects boycott of Israeli institutions

Megan Meluskey
Staff Writer

Goucher College announced its decision to reject the academic boycott of Israeli universities and colleges in a letter to the Goucher college community on Dec. 27.
As 2013 came to a conclusion, the American Studies Association (ASA) endorsed an academic boycott of all Israeli universities and
colleges. The ASA, one of largest and oldest academic associations in the country, works to promote and encourage the study of learning and education across the country.
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Athlete trainers spotlight: Stacey Valone and Tina Scully

Megan Meluskey
Staff Writer

Two new staff members have joined Goucher College’s Sports Medicine Department this fall.  In either the lower level of the SRC or on the sideline of a sporting event,

Valone examining an athlete. (Photo: Megan Meluskey)

Valone examining an athlete. (Photo: Megan Meluskey)

you will find Stacey Valone and Tina Scully treating Goucher’s Division III athletes.  Treating anything from a concussion to a sprain, these two new athletic trainers, along with Jean Perez, the head athletic trainer, have been working with Goucher athletes this fall.

Taking over the position of Graduate Assistant in the athletic training room is Stacey Valone, a recent Temple University graduate from Philadelphia.  Along with her BS in athletic training, Valone brings a wealth of knowledge to Goucher’s Sports Medicine department with her experience in treating the Temple University football and basketball teams.
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