Gordon Edges Golden Bears in High-Scoring Shootout

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Senior midfielder Jordan Alexander (Portland, ME) scored two goals and had seven assists as Gordon remained unbeaten with an 18-17 victory over Western New England Wednesday afternoon (Mar. 28).

Sophomore midfielder Anna Blomberg (Simsbury, CT) added four goals for the Fighting Scots who are now 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). This was the fourth straight loss for the Golden Bears who fall to 3-6 after dropping their conference opener.

Gordon never trailed in the game after taking an 11-6 lead at halftime, although the Golden Bears got within a goal five times in the final 16 minutes, 24 seconds.

Sophomore midfielder Kari Christensen (Standish, ME) contributed to the win by scoring three goals, including two in a 31-second span with her final score giving the visitors an 18-15 lead with 5:45 to play.

The Golden Bears pulled within one for the final time when senior midfielder Megan Doyle (Putnam Valley, NY) scored with 4:26 left and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Sherman (Buchanan, NY) hit the net with 3:28 remaining.

Blomberg gained the ensuing draw control and the visitors were able to keep possession and run out the clock. She had six draw controls as did senior midfielder Krysti Leach (Naples, ME).

Freshman midfielder Abby Illian (Hillsdale, IL) added three goals and an assist while freshman midfielder Kelly Linehan (White Plains, NY) also scored three times.

Sophomore goalie Danielle Maguire (Braintree, MA) compiled 15 saves.

Western New England senior midfielder Katie Toomy (Northborough, MA) had another strong outing with five goals, two assists, and eight draw controls. Doyle finished with four goals and an assist.

Freshman midfielder Jessica Scannapieco (Blue Bell, PA) chipped win with three goals, an assist, and 11 draw controls. Sherman also tallied three goals.

Freshman goalie Emily Castleman (Wilbraham, MA) played the first half and made five saves. Freshman Melissa Perry (Somers, CT) turned away five shots in the second stanza.


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