After opening the season with four consecutive losses, Goucher has bounced back to .500 with a 5-5 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Landmark Conference.
Even though the Gophers -- who have won the last five regular-season league championships -- are in sole possession of second place in the conference, coach Brian Kelly said the team can’t afford to be content about its standing in the race.
“It’s a pretty balanced conference and if we don’t perform in our last two games against Catholic and Scranton, there’s a chance we don’t make the playoffs,” he said on Monday morning. “I don’t get wrapped up in standings and those things, but we’ve got an opportunity in front of us to play the two best teams in our conference in Catholic and Scranton in our last two games, and if we perform and we do well and we win both games, we have an opportunity to be the No. 1 seed. But it we don’t perform and we don’t execute and we don’t play well, we have a very good chance of being on the outside looking in for the first time ever. There’s still a lot to play out.”
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Goucher is currently chasing Scranton (8-4, 3-0) for the Landmark crown and will face the Royals in the regular-season finale for both teams April 26. Before that meeting, however, the Gophers must deal with Catholic (7-4, 2-1) on April 17.
“I have made it very clear to our guys that each game is bigger than the last and has more importance,” Kelly said. “Where we are now at 3-1, we have an opportunity to play Catholic and get to 4-1 and be in a position to potentially play the last weekend for a No. 1 seed versus Scranton. Or at 3-2, we’re playing Scranton just to get into the playoffs. If we don’t execute and we don’t play well, there’s a very good chance that at 3-3, you’re on the outside looking in.”