U. of New England Drops One-Goal Decision to Gordon

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Dan Utz (Rochester, N.Y.) scored in with 2:02 remaining to lift Gordon College to a 9-8 win over the University of New England in The Commonwealth Coast Conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Barbara J. Hazard Field.

Starting the fourth period down 7-4, the Nor'easters strung together three goals from junior Michael Woods (Kittery Point, Maine), first-year Tyler Thomas (Pleasantville, N.Y.), and junior Luke DiFiore (Gloucester, Mass.) to even the score with just under ten minutes to play.

The Fighting Scots would get the go-ahead goal from Utz 1:18 later, only to see UNE capitalize on a power play opportunity with a goal by junior Steve Smith (Walpole, Maine) to make it 8-8 with 4:36 on the clock.

Gordon improves to 10-3 overall with the victory, 8-1 in conference play. The loss drops the Nor'easters to 5-10 on the season (1-8 TCCC).

Senior Joel Derechinsky (Annapolis, Md.) notched four goals for the Fighting Scots -- all of which came in the first half -- while Utz finished with three. Senior Timothy Mack (Columbus, Ohio) had one goal and three assists.

Gordon, which jumped out to a 5-1 advantage midway through the second stanza, received 10 saves from first-year Houston Zemanski (Annoplis, Md.).

Sophomore netminder Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) also made 10 saves for UNE. Thomas and Woods each registered three goals on the day.

The Fighting Scots wrap up the regular-season at home against Roger Williams University Saturday night (6:00 p.m.). The Nor'easters are set to entertain Nichols College the same day (1:00 p.m.).


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