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.
While many enjoyed the dunk tank and the sales along pathway next to the SRC, the real action was the tournament itself. The tournament was composed of eight different teams, made up of variety of members of the Goucher community. “Team Pass/No Pass,” made up of Gabriel’s economics professors gave a valiant effort. Many were also impressed by the strides made by “The Kokomos,” a team made up of current men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer players. Uniformed in vibrant Hawaiian shirts, Gabriel’s favorite apparel item, they were beaten in a tough quarterfinal match by the future champions of the tournament. While fans expected the men’s lacrosse alumni team to make it all the way, they were upset in an exciting semi-final round. The surprising underdog team, “Balagan,” composed of Goucher Hillel students, went far, making it to the finals of the tournament. The tournament ended with “Get Out of Dodge,” a team composed of members of the men’s swimming and tennis teams taking the gold and besting the Hillel team. The Goucher Athletic family could not have asked for a more beautiful and perfect day to honor Gabriel’s legacy. They look forward finding more ways to contribute to the endowment fund through creative, fun activities Matthew Gabriel would most certainly approve of.