Goucher’s athletic department ended its fall season in good standing. While not all of its teams reached their season goals, each one was able to make improvements that will bode well for the spring season.
The Women’s Cross Country team finished strong, placing 24th out of 55 teams. In the Landmark Conference Championship, in which the team placed sixth, Star runners Katherine Currier finished 4th, followed closely by junior Katelynn Zidanic who placed ninth. The team hopes to work back up to a top three finish in the Landmark Conference next season. Meanwhile, the men’s team ran personal bests this fall, led by senior captain Nick Manta who, Coach John Caslin notes, “had his best three times of his career in his last three meets.” With promising leaders and a host of new talent, Goucher’s running program is sure to continue its upward trend.
The women’s tennis team met their fall goals to win all the dual matches they played in this season and placed first in four of six flights of the Goucher Open tournament. Coach Sally Baum notes that this spring the team will face even more difficult competition, motivating them to work hard over the winter so that they are in top physical condition for the spring season.
The women’s field hockey team is young, with a new coach and a large influx of new players. The women worked hard through the spring and summer to prepare for their difficult fall season, and it showed. Though the women struggled against Catholic, Drew, and Washington College and ended with a record of 4-12, games like those against Notre Dame (3-0) are telling of the teams skill set and athleticism.
The men’s soccer team had a tough season, struggling against many of its more formidable opponents and ending with a record of 5-10-1. Still, wins against schools like Moravian, Juniata, and Penn St. Berks show that the team is capable of skilled and smart play by both incoming and returning players. The men’s game against Moravian is most notable; it is the largest margin (5-0) that the Goucher men have ever won by, and if this kind of success can be continued into the spring and fall, there is no telling what the team is capable of.
The Goucher women’s volleyball team is full of new players, making this season’s goal to integrate the six incoming freshmen into the team and help reach the weekly goals set forth by Coach Michael Bossum. One of the women’s big goals was to beat conference opponent Juniata and regional opponents Johns Hopkins and Hiram, and while they were unable to achieve this, the team won against local rival Notre Dame for the eleventh consecutive match and was able to surmount conference rival Merchant Marine Academy.