Gopher Greatness: Start of the Fall Sports Season

Article by Sammy Kaminsky.

Making goals until you can’t stop, serving the volleyball at lightning speeds, and running faster and faster until reaching the finish line. Goucher College Fall sports are well underway, and student athletes have already begun to make their mark on the 2019 fall season. 

The women’s volleyball team at match against Penn State Brandywine.

The women’s volleyball team began their season with three wins, producing the team’s best start since 2006. First-year player, Rachel Chapman, is one to never give up on the court. In an interview with this first-year, Chapman said, “I’m most excited to watch us improve over the rest of the season because we all work so hard and I love to watch our progress and see how well we can all do.”

These Gopher girls are ready to feed off each other’s positive energy as they head into October’s exciting matches against the Landmark Conference. The team continues to practice hard. They show resilience and determination as they strive to continue ringing the Beldon Bell. 

On the note of girl power, Goucher’s field hockey women had three weeks of shut out games. They have proven themselves both comfortable and confident on home turf. The team won against Transylvania University by three points, and then against Southern Virginia by eight points.  

Women’s field hockey time at game against Ferrum College in Virgina.

The following week, they hit the road but were not ready to leave their winning streak behind. They took their momentum from Goucher’s Beldon Field all the way to Virginia and won by an astonishing eight goals against Ferrum College. Their season is off to an amazing start!

The women’s soccer team is also no stranger to shutting out their competitors, even if they have to fight hard for the win. Like the volleyball team, women’s soccer started strong with a three-game winning streak. Two of those games ending with Goucher winning 1-0. 

First-year player, Meghan Kelleher, scored the team’s only goal to win the game against Gwynedd Mercy. Kelleher followed up her game winning performance with another goal in their game against Hood. Another first-year player, Claudia Roller, scored the team’s second goal, securing their win. After Kelleher’s outstanding plays, she was named Landmark Offensive Player of the Week

Christina Charikofsky as goalie in game against Alvernia.

The Landmark Defensive Player of the Week was also a player from the women’s soccer team, junior Christina Charikofsky. She made a total of five saves in the first two games of the season. This talented team of women are looking in one direction, which is pointed towards victory. 

Goucher’s men have also taken to the soccer field this season. Despite the men’s rocky start, they have scored a total of eight goals this season. The team is continuing to stay positive and refuse to give up until they begin to see their hard work progress into success. 

Finally, Goucher’s cross country team debuted their talent at the Howard University Labor Day Classic. The team was led by Laila Hanson from the women’s team, and Joey Holtzman from the men’s team. Goucher finished in the top twenty, which was impressive since they were against runners from NCAA Division I schools.

Laila Hanson at the Catholic Classic.

The team continued their hard work and brought their positive energy to the Catholic Classic where the runners were able to preview the course for the Landmark Conference Championship. The women’s team was led by Hanson, and the men’s team was led by Sophomore Connor Lawrence. The team was able to continue recording great times and finished within the top thirty. 

The fall sports season is off to a great start. Our Gophers continue to strive for success, and the excitement of victory is obviously contagious. Volleyball, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Cross Country are setting the stage for the athletic department to #Gopherit, during the 2019- 2020 athletic season! Go Gophers! 

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