UNE Drops Overtime Heartbreaker to Gordon

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- First-year Thor Rasmussen (Fairfax, Va.) tallied a goal with 1:28 gone in overtime to lift Gordon to a 17-16 victory over the University of New England in Commonwealth Coast Conference lacrosse action Wednesday evening (Apr. 9) at the Big Blue Turf.

After the Nor'easters (3-10, 0-4 CCC) won the face-off to start the extra session and turned the ball over to the Fighting Scots (7-6, 3-2 CCC), the possession eventually came to Rasmussen and the midfielder worked down the right side of the box and rifled his second marker of the game and sixth of the year into the cage.

The two sides battled back-and-forth on the scoreboard for the entire 2nd half, as neither could build a margin greater than one over the final 29 minutes.

It was the fourth consecutive meeting between the teams to be decided by a single goal; three of those contests had gone beyond regulation time.

For Gordon, sophomores Ryan Utz (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jake Martin (Watertown, Conn.) combined for 13 scores (7 and 6, respectively). Junior Matt Dantona (Syosset, N.Y.) registered three assists, and sophomore Peter Kovacevic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scooped up a team-high eight ground balls. Sophomore goalie Cody Greenwald (Albany, N.Y.) posted 15 saves for earn the win.

UNE was led by senior Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), who netted four goals to go with a game-high 14 ground balls. Classmate Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) chipped in with three markers, while senior Mike Allan (Billerica, Mass.) and first-year Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) added two apiece. On the defensive end, first-year Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va.) turned away 14 shots in goal and junior Steven Hughes (Flemington, N.J.) notched four caused turnovers.

The hosts blitzed their opponents early on, rattling off five unanswered goals in the opening 6:29. The Fighting Scots had things back to 5-3 by the end of the initial period, and leveled the match at 7-all midway through the 2nd frame.

The next three scores went for UNE before Gordon pulled to within 10-8 at the break. O'Gorman was nearly in full control of the face-off X prior to intermission, helping the Nor'easters win 14 of the 19 draws in the half.

Once Martin made it 10-9 at the 12:45 mark of the 3rd stanza, things were tight the rest of the way. The Fighting Scots led at 12-11, 13-12 (through 3 quarters), 15-14, and 16-15 down the stretch.

Gordon returns home to face Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday (6:00 p.m.). UNE stays in Biddeford for a contest the same afternoon (1:00 p.m.) against Nichols.


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