Goucher vs. Marymount
April 21, 2003
The Game Story:
TOWSON, MD - The last three times Goucher faced Marymount in the Capital Athletic Conference championship tournament, the Gophers defeated the Saints - each time by a single goal. Today, with the two teams squaring off in the opening round of this year's tournament, instead of beating Marymount by a single goal, head coach Kyle Hannan's squad held the Saints to a single goal.

With senior midfielder Rich Bayly (Melrose, NY/La Salle Institute) winning all 19 of the face-offs he attempted, sophomore attackman Ian Montgomery (San Antonio, TX/St. Mary's Hall) scoring six goals and dishing out four assists, and sophomore goalkeeper Reeves Craig (San Antonio, TX/St. Mary's Hall) making 13 saves, the Gophers breezed into the CAC semifinals with a 17-1 victory over the Saints before a Gopher Stadium crowd of 163. In the semifinals, the Gophers (8-7) will face the second-ranked team in Division III, Salisbury. The game will take place Thursday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury, Md.

Bayly had a remarkable day as the Gophers' face-off specialist, going 19-for-19 to fall just one win short of the school record for most face-offs won in a game by an individual. Jeff Beringer won 20 face-offs for Goucher in 1995 against Dickinson. He is also the first player in school history to be perfect in face-offs in a game in which he attempts more than six. Montgomery spread his career-high six goals out over all four periods as he tallied the first goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the opening quarter and reeled off back-to-back-to-back goals in the second period. His fifth goal pushed Goucher's lead to 14-1 with :32 remaining in the third quarter before he recorded his 10th point of the contest with an unassisted goal midway through the final period. His six-goal, four-assist performance today boosts his team-leading totals for the season to 36 goals and 51 points. Craig surrendered only an extra-man goal by Marymount's D.J. Tayman with 4:52 left to play in the third quarter as his save percentage for the season rose to .690 and his goals-against average dropped to 5.56.

Goucher's defensive unit, which includes starters Michael Weed (North Wales, PA/Wissahickon), John Hanley (Sparks, MD/Hereford) and Chris Webber (East Wallingford, VT/Kimball Union Academy, NH), tied the school record for fewest goals allowed in a game by holding the Saints (4-8) to just the one goal. The only other time in school history that the Gophers held an opponent to a single goal was Villa Julie in 1994.

Just six seconds after Montgomery's first goal provided the Gophers with a 1-0 lead, Bayly, after winning a face-off, fed Clay Ulman (Jarrettsville, MD/John Carroll) for a goal that had Goucher ahead 2-0 after the first quarter. Montgomery and Matt Wilson (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) both tallied three goals in the second period as the Gophers stretched their advantage to 10-0 by halftime. Goucher's offense in the second half included a pair of goals each from Binz Hansen (Roswell, GA/McCallie, TN), Ashley Tarran-Jones (Manchester, England/Stockport Grammar) and Montgomery. The Gophers finished with a 55-23 edge in shots, coming up just three shots short of the school record for most shots in a game.