Gordon Knocks off Nor'easters to Reach Conference Final

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Third-seeded Gordon used a 5-0 run that ended the 1st half and began the 2nd to grab a lead it would not relinquish, on the way to a 13-10 victory over No. 2 University of New England in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (May 2) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Fighting Scots (14-3) advance to Saturday's title match in Beverly, Mass. against top-seeded Endicott College (a 16-10 winner over No. 5 Roger Williams University).

Big Blue concludes the 2012 campaign with an overall mark of 12-5 -- equaling the previous season total set back in 2010.

Trailing 5-4 late in the opening period, Gordon struck for three goals in a span of 1:12 to take a 7-5 edge into the break -- its first lead of the day.

Two more for the visitors within the initial 3:38 of the final stanza bumped the margin to four (9-5) -- capped quick score by senior Krysti Leach (Naples, Maine), who controlled the draw and took it the rest of the way for her lone goal on the afternoon.

The Nor'easters found themselves only down one (9-8) at the 21:03 mark, however, as UNE sophomore Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) reeled off three unassisted goals in a stretch 2:43.

But the Fighting Scots regained the four-goal lead (12-8) by the time 15:52 was left -- a string of three goals started by back-to-back markers from sophomore Stephanie Fitzgerald (Groveland, Mass.). Gordon held possession for much of the remainder of the match to maintain the advantage.

Fitzgerald led Gordon with four goals and eight draw controls, while classmates Anna Blomberg (Simsbury, Conn.) and Jane Dietrich (West Hartford, Conn.) added three and two scores, respectively.

Leach corralled team-highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers, and had an additional seven draws for the Fighting Scots, who finished on top of a 19-6 margin in the category during the game. Sophomore Danielle Maguire (Braintree, Mass.) posted five stops between the pipes.

Tavella finished with a game-best six goals in the match, raising her total to 67 and establishing a new single-season record in the process, as she surpassed the 63-goal output Ashley MacDonald '08 had during her senior year.

UNE senior Jesalyn Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and an assist, to go with three caused turnovers. Junior Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.) put forth a solid defensive effort by forcing six turnovers and picking up six ground balls.

Sophomore goalie Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) stepped up to make 12 saves in the contest for Big Blue, including nine in the 1st period, when the hosts were out-shot, 21-8.


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