April 14, 2014

Goucher Lacrosse Player Killed by Hit and Run Driver

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter

Sophomore Goucher College lacrosse player Matthew Gabriel, 19, died Monday morning of injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning near the suburban Baltimore campus, according to the Baltimore Sun and several other news outlets in the Baltimore area.

Baltimore County police said that Gabriel was struck crossing the road at 1:44 a.m. The driver of the car, a 2013 Mazda 3, did not remain at the scene, but was later located by police and charged with hit-and-run and driving under the influence, according to the article. 

Gabriel was a midfilder for the Gophers and had appeared in five games, recording seven ground balls, according to team statistics for the year. The Austin, Texas, native also appeared in nine games his freshman season after playing in high school at Westlake (Texas).

According to the Sun, Goucher College President Sanford Ungar described Gabriel as "an outstanding student, and well-liked member of our community. He was a business management and economics double major and a key member of the men’s lacrosse team. He was also known for his larger-than-life personality and his unique sense of humor.”

“The death of a student has a deep impact on a close-knit college campus like ours,” Ungar continued. “This is a difficult time for all of us. I know we will come together as a community, but please reach out for help if needed.”

Counseling was made available for Goucher students and a vigil was planned for Monday evening.

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