Forgive Goucher College's high-scoring senior basketball tandem of Kate Guggino and Stephanie Tolbert for being a little sensitive about their team's lack of height.
It's just that they've heard the same jokes over and over again wherever they go," said Guggino who at 5 feet 11 is the tallest player on the team who has played more than 35 minutes this season. "We're short, but we have big hearts. ... There are no cliques on this team. We all play together to win."
Added Tolbert, a 5-5 guard: "They picked us sixth in the league, but we proved them wrong by taking fourth place."
Goucher coach Charleata Neal's view? "We have spunk."
Guggino leads the team and the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring for a second straight season with a 19.3 average. She is the school's second-leading all-time scorer with 1,563 points, second all-time rebounder with 831, and second all-time shot-blocker with 73.
Tolbert, with a 19.0 scoring average, is right behind Guggino, second in the league in scoring, and she passed the 1,000 career points this month.
The tallest player on the squad is 6-1 freshman T.K. Hickman-Perfetti, who has played just four minutes in one game this season. The other 6-footer is 6-0 sophomore Devon McDermott, who has seen action for 35 minutes in nine games.
The starting point guard, sophomore Stacy Hollander, is 5 feet tall - even. Another starting guard, Shaye Pleasant, is 5-3, and starting forward Jana White is 5-9.
For certain, this isn't a team that would scare anybody walking through an airport.
However, the Gophers (15-9, 8-6 in CAC) have had a special season. Not only are they the only Division III school with two of the top 25 scorers nationally (Guggino is No. 22, Tolbert, 25th), but the team also has a couple of landmark accomplishments.
The Gophers beat traditional power Salisbury twice in the same season for the first time, ending a 17-game losing streak. They ended another 17-game loss streak to York (Pa.) College.
Krause tops again
Towson University's Aaron Krause took with the Colonial Athletic Association championship meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer award for the second consecutive year last weekend.
Krause, a senior, won three individual events and swam on two winning relay teams.
He captured the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 50.83 seconds), took the 100 and 200 backstrokes for a third straight year, and was part of the winning 800 free relay and 400 medley relay teams.
Krause's 200 back time of 1.45.61 provisionally qualified him for the NCAA championship.
He was joined on the winning 800 free relay team by Ryan Harrell, Chris Will, and Chris Martinetti, while Frank Trionfo, Will, and Martinetti swam with Krause on the winning 400 medley relay.
In the women's CAA championship meet, Towson's Jennifer Irby captured three individual events, and she was joined on the winning 400 free relay (meet record 3.27.34 time)by Liz Lebhertz, Allyson Hunt and Jackie Cona.
Both the Towson men and women finished fourth in the CAA championships.
Klag a champion
Washington College senior Margaret Klag swam to an NCAA Division III automatic qualifying time of 1.05.82 in the 100 breaststroke last weekend at the Centennial Conference championships, breaking school and conference records.
Klag, chosen the meet's Outstanding Performer, also took the 200-yard breaststroke and 50 freestyle events in NCAA provisional qualifying times (2.24.05 and 24.66, respectively).
Washington freshman Ally Simons turned in an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 2.07.00 in 200 butterfly.
In the men's Centennial championships, Washington's John Paul Evans won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. He was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 200 (2.07.86).