Not even a coaching change could stop the momentum of Goucher College's field hockey program.
Kathy Frick arrived from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell this year, trying to build on a season in which the Gophers went 15-4-1 under Andrea Bradley, won their first Capital Athletic Conference tournament and became the first team at Goucher to qualify for the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Gophers were No. 1 in the final South Region poll.
Goucher is 9-2-1, including last Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to Messiah and last Tuesday's 1-0 win over Johns Hopkins, and ranked No. 11 in the latest College Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III poll. The Gophers are three places behind Salisbury State, adding more intrigue to their game Tuesday on the Eastern Shore.
Ten starters were back from last year, including senior forward Michele Mohlman, a second-team All-American who last week got her 57th career goal and 135th career point to pass Renie Amoss for first place on Goucher's all-time scoring list.
"There was definitely added pressure," Frick said. "They only had one senior graduate, but the chemistry was different. My approach is different from Andrea's; my style is different. That was an adjustment for them."
Bradley, who left to become an assistant coach at Iowa, went 39-25-2 in four seasons. "She was great at designating their roles," Frick said. "I'm more into a comprehensive thing. I want the kids to be complete players. You can win both ways."
No longer perfect at Towson
Not only did Towson State's men's soccer team lose its first game Sunday, 1-0, at Hartford, dropping from 17th to 24th in the national poll, but sophomore Mike Stillman also allowed his first goal. He had gone 443 minutes without being scored upon, until a deflected goal by Frank Natale with 37 minutes left ended his streak.
Towson's other keeper, freshman Ethan Jennings (Bel Air), posted an overtime shutout at Vermont last Friday, leaving him with an 0.46 goals-against average. The Tigers had given up three goals and are 9-1 after last Friday's 3-1 victory over Northeastern.
Also from Towson: Senior Stacy Humphries set a career high with 21 kills in last Friday's 3-1 volleyball win at Rider. She leads the Tigers with 3.02 kills and 3.47 digs per game. And freshman Heather Hutson (Glen Burnie) had a career-high 56 assists at Rider, improving her average to 7.3.
Luckett boosts Loyola golf
Loyola junior golfer Brandon Luckett has been hot the past two weeks, setting a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference single-round record to capture the individual championship at Saratoga Spa State Park, then winning the James Madison Fall Classic.
Luckett shot a second-day 65 in the MAAC tournament, leading the Greyhounds to the title. And his total score of 144 at James Madison gave him a one-stroke victory and lifted the Greyhounds into a fourth-place tie with St. Joseph's.
More from Loyola: The volleyball team won its first match after 17 losses, sweeping Maryland-Eastern Shore. Senior outside hitter Wendy Vinje (Loch Raven) had 12 kills.
Salisbury State sophomore Lori Frei has won three of her four cross country races this season. Junior teammate Kelly Delp has placed second, third and fourth the past three weeks. . . . Danielle Urban and sister Cortney are Salisbury's two leading scorers in women's soccer with 12 and nine points, respectively. Another sister, Nicole (one goal), starts at midfield. . . . Johns Hopkins senior linebacker Victor Carter-Bey (6 feet 2, 230 pounds), a graduate of Gilman School, has scored the first three touchdowns of his collegiate career this season. Lining up in the backfield on goal-line situations, he has scored on runs of 1 yard and 3 yards against Swarthmore, and 1 yard against Gettysburg. . . . Navy plebe Alex Shelley placed 16th out of 259 runners with a time of 25 minutes, 19 seconds at last week's Minnesota Invitational. . . . Maryland All-American Kerrie Bowes set a course record with a time of 17:21 at last week's Mount St. Mary's Invitational. Navy plebe Jackie Hayes ran the second-fastest time at 17:27. . . . UMBC freshman outside hitter Lisa Cline was named Big South Conference Player of the Week after averaging 4.14 kills and 2.6 digs and posting a .301 hitting percentage in four matches. She was named to the all-tournament team at the West Virginia Tournament, where UMBC placed second.