Scots fizzle in OT losing to Becker 79-75

Jake Haar shoots in regulation

Jalen Robinson (3) had the game winner for Becker in overtime

(Wenham MA) Outside the snow was falling.

Inside the Bennett Center, however, the shots weren’t falling for Gordon in overtime.

The result was a 79-75 loss to Becker in non-league action on Saturday afternoon.

The Scots (2-4) have become a frustrating team to watch.  Why?  They have been streaky in either direction.  They will dazzle and then they will fizzle.

In this one, GC rallied from a ten-point deficit midway through the second half exciting the crowd along the way with nifty long-range shooting by Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar.

Eric Demers out-of-bounds near the end of regulation

Gordon looked to have the last shot in regulation but after Eric Demers went out of bounds it was Kareem Davis rimming out a shot from the left corner that would have won it for the visitors.

The dazzle/fizzle thing reared its ugly head in overtime.  After staying with the Hawks (5-4) for 2:32 of the OT, the bottom dropped out for GC when Garrisson Duvivier fouled out.  The home team never scored another point.

Becker didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard for a while as two missed free throws, a missed layup, and two turnovers would indicate.  But when Eric Demers missed a three, Becker called a timeout with thirty-six seconds left.

Sam Durodola shoots over Matt Valles in overtime

You had to think that the Hawks would look to get either Kareem Davis (20.8 PPG) or Sam Durodola (18.6 PPG) the last shot but two freshman defenders (Josh Crutchfield and Matt Valles) prevented that from happening.

“We told Jalen Robinson that if Kareem was overplayed that he should take the ball to the basket,” explained Becker coach Brian Gorman afterward.  The 5-10 sophomore noted the coverage and drove to the basket with what turned out to be the winning basket with twenty-seven seconds left.

Plenty of time for the Scots to rally from a two-point deficit but a Josh Crutchfield pass intended for Eric Demers was intercepted by sophomore Donzell Cunningham.  Two Kareem Davis free throws followed and this game was history.

“I’ll take the win and the 5-4 record,” said Becker Coach Gorman afterwards, “but we are making too many mistakes.”

Garrisson Duvivier leaves the court after getting his 5th foul

The key play in the game?  Garrisson Duvivier fouling out.  “That was big,” added Coach Gorman.  “We couldn’t cover him.”

Garrisson had a career game rebounding (19) and added 17 points.

With Garrisson gone, the idea of going to the basket and possibly getting baskets or free throws vanished from the offensive schemes.  Another around-the-basket option needs to emerge.

Josh Crutchfield applies denial defense to Kareem Davis

I loved the tight defense Josh Crutchfield applied to Kareem Davis late in the game.  The BC junior had trouble even touching the ball!

Eric Demers made a gutsy triple near the end of regulation to tie the score.  That 3-pointer, however, would be the only one he was able to make out of eight attempts.  This follows 14-for-27 from long range in the previous three games.  Go figure!

The team from Leicester (MA) has losses to Nichols and Western New England.  Both are Commonwealth Coast Conference teams.

The Hawks were 19-9 last season.  The team has one senior (Sam Durodola).  Sam was the MVP of the New England Collegiate Conference in 2016-17.

Sam and teammate Dewayne Thomas both registered double/double’s against Gordon.

Someone appears to have convinced Jake Haar that he has to take more shots.

I am quite sure that I heard one of the Gordon spectators quoting Scripture when a Becker player was taking free throws.  Using Scripture that way crosses a line for me.

Pretty good crowd at the Bennett Center on a snowy afternoon.

The Scots visit Johnson & Wales (Providence RI) on Tuesday night.

Turnovers always get my attention.  Gordon will continue to struggle winning games when their usual top two scorers have TWELVE giveaways between them.

Tight defense?

One of Eric Demers’ turnovers could well have been the result of Kareem Davis trying to take the lower part of his uniform off.

Becker kept Gordon around by missing fourteen free throws.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 24

Sam Durodola 23 (23 points,13 rebounds)

Jake Haar 17 (13 points,7 rebounds)

Dewayne Thomas 16 (13 points,12 rebounds)

Becker 78

Gordon 76

Box from the game

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Garrisson Duvivier goes over Dewayne Thomas

Eric Demers breaks ahead of Kareem Davis

Josh Ribeiro tries to drive past Dewayne Thomas

Jake Haar (13 points)

Junior Kareem Davis

Garrisson Duvivier looks for an opening

Battle in the air

Jake Haar chases Kareem Davis

Sam Durodola defended by Garrisson Duvivier

Noah Szilagyi clear for a three in front of the Gordon bench

Eric Demers gets fouled by Jamir Carr

Kareem Davis nearly won the game in regulation

Kareem Davis ices the game with two free throws in overtime

 

 

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Garrisson Duvivier reaches 1000 points as Gordon defeats Curry 86-66

Junior Garrisson Duvivier jams his way past 1000 points

Garrisson Duvivier scores from the right

(Wenham MA) Junior Garrisson Duvivier crossed the 1000-point threshold in an easy, 86-66, win over Curry on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

A slam dunk did the trick tonight for the 6-6 player from Brockton in the first half in Gordon’s home opener.

Curry (1-7) has now lost thirty-nine straight Commonwealth Coast Conference games dating back to February of 2015.

I spoke to Curry’s assistant coach Lambros Papalambros at halftime.  Lambros was Curry’s excellent playmaker back when the Colonels were winning CCC titles.  He told me it was tough to watch the way things were going for Curry.  “I would love to be out there playing,” he told me.  The Colonels could have used him.

Jaren Yang had four assists in Gordon’s breakaway run

The visitors from Milton (MA) hung in there for thirteen minutes of the first half (32-29) but then the wheels came off.  The Scots (2-3) tallied the next sixteen points over a 3 ½ minute span to escape to a 48-29 advantage.  The offense during the breakaway stretch was provided by Eric Demers (two 3’s), Garrisson Duvivier (dunk), and Jake Haar (two 3’s and a jump shot).  The key player in the segment?  Jaren Yang.  The senior point-guard handed out four assists.

Jake Haar making three’s was a welcome sight for the GC faithful.  After a 2-for-3 first game (Elms) Jake had struggled (by his standards) through a 4-for-14 stretch during Gordon’s recent three-game losing streak.  Tonight he was 3-for-4.  Welcome back, Jake!

Justin Kelley in flight.

Curry got itself into trouble in the first half with 3 ½ minutes of scorelessness.  Another dry stretch showed up for Curry to start the second half.  It took them 6 ½ minutes to get points on the board and the GC lead bulged to 64-33 with over thirteen minutes left.

That large lead enabled the Bennett Center crowd to get a look at Gordon’s entire roster.  It also enabled me to get pictures of the newcomers.

Eric Demers paced Gordon (2-3) with twenty-two points and four steals.  Eric has scored 20+ points in three straight games.  His ability to create space for shots and make a bunch of them has been notable recently.  Eric is a warm 14-for-27 from long range over the last three games.  Shooting like that should draw more defenders and open up better looks for his teammates in the future.

Jaren Yang had nine assists tonight.  That matches his career high.  His other nine-assist game was versus Endicott last season.

Three Scots from the past (Greg Walker, Richie Armand, and Jason Dempsey) were in the house.  Richie has a job with the Patriots.

Gordon gets non-league Becker on Saturday afternoon.

Curry and Gordon both had wins over Elms this season.

Box score

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Freshman Marcus Retegues hears it from the crowd

Steve Vampatella

Luke Meyer in close

Brett Bowman fires

Graham Tienhaara

Cody Hunt

AJ Terry

Freshman Parker Omslaer

Josh Ribeiro

Noah Szilagyi

Freshman Josh Crutchfield

Freshman Matt Valles rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier from the left

Jake Hart layup

Freshman Parker Omslaer and senior John Coleman

Jake Haar finds his touch at the Bennett Center

 

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Nichols routs Gordon 100-86 as losing streak reached three

(Amesbury MA) Well, the long road home is finally over!

Tuesday night (5:30PM) the surroundings will be familiar to our 1-3 Scots as they’ll finally host a home game under the Bennett Center lights.

The last two games, UNE and Nichols, have been Commonwealth Coast Conference matches and the need for improvement is certain after two straight losses.

The high hopes (picked for second) of challenging for the top of the ten-team CCC have given way to the reality of having a defense that can’t get stops along with an offense that can’t score 100 points a night.

Nichols was the winner Saturday in Dudley (MA), 100-86.  That wasn’t a surprise.  They’re the defending champs and they still have enough weapons to shoot long range and break down one-on-one matchups.

But when you’re picked to challenge for the top you need to be competitive, at least, with the top team.  Gordon wasn’t.

I did watch the game on the good Nichols feed and enjoyed the strong (shooting) start by Gordon.  But when that shooting cooled off, and it did in both halves, the wheels fell off for GC.

In one five minute span in the first half the Scots were 2-for-10 with three turnovers and a 39-35 lead became a 52-44 deficit.

In one four minute span in the second half the Scots were 1-for-5 from the floor with four turnovers.  Garrisson Duvivier missed three-of-four free throws during this segment.  A 70-59 Nichols lead ballooned to 84-62 and there was no way Gordon recovers even with 10 ½ minutes left.

My harp is well played regarding the inconsistent offense, but a bigger issue is GC’s struggling defense.  Both UNE and Nichols found ways to get 100 points against Gordon.  That’s embarrassing.

That wide-open style that GC has gotten itself into in both losses has enabled sophomore Eric Demers to put up some serious numbers.  Eric tallied 29 and 22 and was 10-for-19 long range.  However, as much as it fits Eric’s style, the rest of the team does not appear comfortable or capable in the run-and-shoot approach.  Something has to give on that one.

Efficiency Chart

24 Daequon Antoine (21 points)

23 Eric Demers (25 points)

22 Jerome Cunningham (13 points, 11 rebounds)

19 Tyler Dion (19 points)

18 Marco Echevarria (20 points, 5 assists)

18 Garrisson Duvivier (12 points, 13 rebounds)

Nichols 111

Gordon 97

The Scots face Curry on Tuesday night.  The Colonels have lost thirty-eight straight CCC games dating back to 2015.  They are 2-55 over the last 2+ seasons.  Gordon, however, nearly lost to them last year in Milton.  Be a nice time to put a three-game losing streak to rest.

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UNE changes approach and wins 121-113 shootout vs Gordon

(Biddeford ME) What a game!

The front-runner for Coach-of-the-Year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has got to be Ed Silva of the University of New England.

A team content to nurse every possession down to the last few seconds in years past transformed itself into a run-and-gun club in the nine-month offseason.

Gordon ran into the new-and-improved Nor’easters tonight, and despite a second-half rally, lost 121-113 on Wednesday in the CCC opener for both teams.

I had seen the stats from UNE’s first five games and had seen a team that was putting up 3’s and forcing mistakes on the opposition.  Gordon (1-2) fell victim to both categories in the first half.  While UNE made nine 3’s in the first half the Scots committed an unremarkable EIGHTEEN turnovers in that same half.  Wicked bad combo!

Trailing 60-44 at the half, and the way UNE was playing, I had a sense that a serious blowout was about to happen.  That sense was nonsense as GC began to look for answers off the bench and found some.  The Nor’easters weren’t giving any ground but at least GC was better taking care of the ball.

Down twenty-four points (97-71) with seven minutes left the Scots put together the best combo of scoring and defense I may have ever seen for the next six minutes.  UNE’s quick shot approach turned sour as they cooled off and Gordon made appropriate passes and a steady flow of shots and got the lead down to five, 114-109, in the last minute.  That’s thirty-eight points in six minutes!

But it was too little too late.  UNE, and I credit Coach Ed Silva for this, changed the tempo to a more controlled approach.  He used his timeouts to rest his players and organize them.  It interested me that previously he called timeouts just to substitute players and then cut the timeouts short.  It was a whole new approach.

Anyhow, in the closing minutes the Nor’easters took advantage of GC’s need to overplay the UNE perimeter shooters and drove against single defenders.  That approach drew fouls and on this evening those foul shots dropped and the home team had a CCC win.

Gavin Dibble put up the big numbers for UNE with twenty-five points.  Just to get an idea of the style of play, UNE had FIFTEEN different players score in the first half!  They were coming in in waves with the green light shining for anyone with an opening.

One casualty in this game was the Efficiency Chart.  I usually put the top five in the game and normally there are at least two from each team unless the game was one-sided.

Gavin Dibble 32

Garrisson Duvivier 31 (19 pts, 16 reb, 4 assts)

Eric Demers 28 (29 pts, 8 reb)

Josh Ribeiro 16 (4 assts,3 blk, 2 stls) Birthday today

Jaren Yang 13 (6 assts, 8-for-8 FTs)

That’s the top five and you would want to think that Gordon dominated the game.  But UNE countered the GC top four with fifteen contributors.   Gordon finished with a remarkable 133 on the Efficiency chart while UNE earned only a 94.  Maybe that Efficiency stat isn’t as great as I think it is?

It certainly didn’t hurt the home team that they got hot in the first half and turned a 12-8 deficit into a comfortable 43-23 spread in eleven minutes.  That 31-15 segment (included six successful UNE 3’s) may have been the worst GC basketball I have seen in a while.

But it was that kind of game with plenty of good and also plenty of not so good.

One of the struggles GC had in the first half was finishing breaks.  When the Scots broke through the UNE’s backcourt pressure there were some glittering opportunities for layups.  Not all of them were made.

UNE (2-4) was picked by the coaches to finish 8th (out of ten teams) in the CCC.  I wonder where those same coaches would place UNE now?

Teams that rely on a few players playing long minutes to give them most of their points will be in trouble against the UNE style.  The team from Biddeford (ME) prevents teams from controlling the tempo and if their long shots are dropping, good luck.

You couldn’t help but be distracted by the three UNE students under the basket GC was shooting at.  Why they hadn’t painted UNE on the front of them was obviously an oversight.  My theory, based on the website visuals, was that this was the before part of the before-and-after weight-loss program they were starting.  Coming to the basketball court instead of the food court would be the key piece in the transition they would be undertaking.  Their calisthenics showed not only promise but plenty of loose baggage.  Changing their physiques from trunk to carry-on will take time but I, for one, admire their intensity.

Gordon gets Nichols next.  That may not be pretty.  Nichols blasted Endicott tonight.  The Scots will have to find ways to match up with some very good one-on-one players in Dudley (MA) on Saturday to win this one.

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Gordon loses 79-77 to Salem State on questionable last-second shot

(Newtown CT) At the end of this game I wasn’t sure whether I should believe the three officials or my lying eyes!

Generally, I would go with the officials on the scene but as I looked back on the Salem State website at the way this game ended it was my lying eyes that got this one right.

Gordon picked up a 79-77 loss to Salem State on Tuesday night at Salem State.

This was an entertaining game to watch.  Both sides wanted to run and neither was shy attempting three’s.

The Scots (1-1) were down and then back up on numerous occasions.  The final “back up” occurred after GC trailed by eight (77-69) with 2:46 remaining.  Jaren Yang collected the tying three after great hustle by Jake Haar and Matt Valles kept GC’s final play alive.

Now we’re back to the so-called game-winning shot by Tyreik McCauley.  There was only ONE second left.  The pass from the baseline traveled ¾ of the court.  (I know, the clock doesn’t start until someone touches the ball inbounds.)  Viewing the buffered replay on the SS site clearly showed Garrisson Duvivier deflecting the long pass.  The clock is SUPPOSED to start on contact.  It didn’t.  The ball then hit the floor.  We’re talking ONE second here.  Tyreik had to pick up the ball and heave a shot toward the basket.  If the ball had deflected straight to Tyreik and he instantly took the shot that ONE second may not have been used up. But for the ball to be deflected, bounce on the floor, and then be shot?  You’re kidding me that anyone could get that done in a second.  But four people, including one employed by Salem State, missed the deflection and the bounce and allowed the shot to beat the final buzzer.  Travesty for sure.

Gordon still could have lost in overtime but we’ll never know.

That being said, I spent one Gordon basketball season operating the clock when the games were played at Rhodes Gymnasium, and those late-game situations aren’t always easy.  The time keeper could well have been screened but it’s the referee’s job to signal the starting of the clock.  Enough of this.

Nine players contributed points for the Scots.  Players came off the bench and helped keep Gordon in the game.

Neither team took great care of the ball and there were nineteen turnovers for both teams.  A shock to me was the fact that the Scots turned the Vikings’ miscues into twenty-eight points.  This team has some quickness in transition.

Uneven performances by two of Gordon’s key players, Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier.  Eric poured in fifteen points in the first half to carry the Scots but then cooled off entirely in the second half.  Garrisson, despite a double/double, picked up a technical foul and had seven turnovers.  But on this day, others stepped up and brought this one down to a questionable last-second basket.

Players that caught my eye?  Parker Omslaer, Josh Ribeiro, and Graham Tienhaara.  Parker came into the game in the first half and turned no-one-can-guard-him Drew Healey into the invisible man.  Parker had two blocks.  Maybe that comes with his volleyball background?  Josh and Graham were relentless on both ends of the court like the graduated Sam Johnson was.

I knew that Salem State was flirting with trouble in the last five minutes of the game when they changed their run-and-gun style into a deliberate one-on-one style.  In their attempt to hold onto a lead they gave up their flow and Gordon was able to erase the Vikings’ lead.

Gordon has now lost five straight to Salem State.

The visuals from the Salem State website were excellent.  The audio, however, lasted for about five minutes for me before I had to mute the two announcers.  Too shrill and too one-sided for my enjoyment. Kind of like the reaction of a non-Gordonite reading this blog!

The Efficiency Stat confirms how close this game was with both teams earning a 90.  Notice also that Salem State claimed four of the five top individual spots and yet Gordon made a game of it by having multiple contributors beyond the top five individuals.

Efficiency chart

Shaquan Murray 22

Tyreik McCauley 20

Garrisson Duvivier 18

Drew Healey 16

Alex Santos 14

Josh Ribeiro 14

Salem State 90

Gordon 90

Box Score

Next up for the Scots will be their first Commonwealth Coast Conference game in Biddeford (ME) at UNE next Wednesday night (7:30PM).  This game has must-see written all over it.  Why?  UNE is currently 1-3 and have little size, but that isn’t the attraction.  What is?  The Nor’Easters are putting up three’s at a remarkable rate.  For instance, in their game last night (Tuesday) in which they lost 120-93, UNE put up seventy-three (that’s no typo!) 3-point attempts!  Seventy-one percent of their shot attempts were from beyond the arc.  To compare styles, Gordon launched thirty-one percent of their shots, in the loss to Salem State, from long range.  Talk about a clash of styles.

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Gordon defeats Elms 85-66 with 17-point second half streak

Garrisson Duvivier in the lane. Garrison had a double/double against Elms

(Amesbury MA) Gordon ran seventeen unanswered points in the second half and that gained them permanent separation from Elms College (Chicopee MA) on Wednesday night.

The final was 85-66 in this non-league opener for both squads.

Junior Garrisson Duvivier started the season with a double/double scoring nineteen points with twelve rebounds.  Garrisson collected two of his baskets during the decisive run in the second half.

Eric Demers topped all scorers with 18 points

The top scorer was sophomore Eric Demers putting eighteen points together with four assists.  Eric had two 3’s and an assist during GC’s 17-point streak.

The Blazers (0-1) had enough rebounding and firepower to stay with the Scots.  If you could delete their 5 ½ minutes of shutout basketball the finish would have been very tight.  But when you miss twelve shots in a row, including three layups, bad things are bound to happen.

Elms has now dropped nine straight games.

The Scots (1-0) shot fifty percent relying on open three’s as well as attempts in the paint.

It was instantly evident that Gordon will need to find ways to replace the inside presence of graduated Sam Johnson.  Freshmen Matty Valles (6-6) and Parker Omslaer (6-11), however, showed promise rebounding and blocking shots.

Jake Haar shot 2-for-3 from long range versus Elms

I watch Jake Haar play and I immediately think of Brady Bajema of the 2009-10 Gordon title team.  Both absolutely refuse to shoot a low-percentage shot.  They seldom drive, being content to stay beyond the arc waiting for an open look.  When that look comes they generally cash it.  Jake was 6-for-8 from long range last year against Elms.  This year he was 2-for-3.

Gordon did a nice shot of sharing the ball.  The twenty assists they had tonight in western Massachusetts happened only four times last season.

Getting the ball to Garrisson Duvivier anywhere in the paint is a high-percentage way to get an assist.

Missed free throws did not cost the team from Wenham this game.  Better teams are ahead (Salem State Tuesday night), however, and those ten freebie misses tonight would be disastrous against them.

Yes, I still believe that the Efficiency Stat gives a pretty good picture of how players and teams performed.  How does it work?  You subtract the negative stats (turnovers, missed free throws, missed field goals) from the positive stats (rebounds, points, steals, blocks, assists, steals).

Efficiency Stat

Garrison Duvivier 27

Eric Demers 19

Keeshaun King 13 (11 points)

Parker Omlaer 13 (8 points, 3 blocks)

Pablo Ortiz 12

Gordon 107

Elms 59

The Scots did well against the Elms pressure.  Good passing.

Elms is in the New England Collegiate Conference.  The Blazers were 4-21 last season.

Biggest GC deficiency in my opinion is this game?  It had to be blocking out.  Too many extra shots for a smaller opponent.

My first actual look at this year’s team will be the home opener on December 5th.  I will be relying on the computer feeds in the next three games.  The Elms’ one was a good view for a while then it slipped into a freeze while Gordon put their game-deciding surge together.

Gordon was 15-11 last season.  Picked by the Commonwealth Coast Conference coaches to finish 2nd this season.

Any picture I use will be from a previous season until after I see the Curry game in December.

Box Score

 

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Gordon defeats Wentworth 2-1 to reach CCC semi-finals

Devin Lacroix’s first-half goal in flight. Devin assisted on Lexi Potter’s eventual game winner in the second half.

Scots celebrate their 6th straight win.

(Wenham MA)  There were plenty of fives on the line in this one.

Gordon had a five-game win streak.  Gordon had won all five home games. But on the other hand, the Scots were winless in their last five matches versus Wentworth.

What gave was the winless stretch against Wentworth as the Scots downed the Leopards, 2-1, to win the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on The Quad in Wenham.

WIT goalie Christie Fleming sets to stop Asha Steele’s shot from in close in the first half

Wentworth won the CCC title in 2016 but minus nine graduated seniors struggled to get good scoring opportunities against the short-passing home team.

A year ago, in two meetings, WIT outshot the Scots 46-11 and handily defeated GC 5-0 and 4-0.  But that was last year.  In this afternoon’s game, #4 seed GC took nineteen shots while limiting #5 seed Wentworth to only nine shots.

Naomi Shearer (9) in the mix during one of Gordon’s ten corner kicks.

The key stat, to me, was corner kicks.  The Scots took ten while the Leopards had none.  There was plenty of pressure on the visitors.

Sophomore Devin Lacroix had a goal and an assist for the 10-4-2 Scots.

Nearly eight minutes into the game Devin found an opening on the right to shoot.  Her well-struck attempt hit the bottom of the crossbar and dropped in beyond the goal line.

Wentworth (6-11-1) had few chances, but they capitalized on one of them before the end of the half.  Molly Donahue beat Devin Lacroix to a goal kick and teed up a long shot from the right.  Molly’s kick soared over Gordon GK Kali Denty’s fingers and tied the score, 1-1.

Soccer can be a cruel game.  A team possesses the ball.  Passes the ball well.  Yet it’s goals that settle the outcome.  That’s why that 1-1 tie at halftime was unnerving.  One mistake could be crucial.

But the Scots were quick in the second half to put the pressure back on the Leopards.

Only 1 ½ minutes into the second half, Devin Lacroix attracted four Leopards to the middle of the field before sending a gorgeous pass ahead to teammate Lexi Potter.

Devin Lacroix draws four Leopards and passes ahead to Lexi Potter.

Lexi Potter (19) about to finish with Danielle McDonnell (3) nearby

I was at the Salve Regina game last Saturday, when Lexi was sent in by teammate Ashton Barkey and scored from that same right side.

This time around it was Devin setting up Lexi.  Lexi’s goal was her eighth.  Devin registered her 7th assist.

Emily Richard – 2016 Offensive-Player-of-the-Year in the CCC

A key to the win?  Limiting last year’s CCC offensive player of the year (Emily Richard) to three shots.  Emily had eight goals and fourteen assists for the 2016 Leopards.

The Gordon passing was once again a sight to behold.  You just can’t single out one player for special accolades when the ball is successfully shared so much among teammates.  Everyone has to be good at passing and receiving or the Gordon style wouldn’t work………but it does so the entire team is on its game.

Great passing is one thing, but a team needs finishers and I’ve also seen that in the two wins I’ve viewed.

The victory sends the Scots into the semi-finals against #1 seed Endicott in Beverly on Wednesday.  The Gulls overwhelmed GC 5-2 during the regular season.  It should be a challenge for sure.

The Scots have won six straight and have been in the CCC tourney finals the last two seasons.  To say that Gordon has been doing well lately (last six games) is an understatement.  Endicott could be in for a surprise!

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Lexi Potter gets free for the eventual game winner

Reactions to Gordon’s second goal

Scots celebrate second goal

Devin Lacroix sets to shoot

Wentworth GK Christie Fleming leaps to make a save

Molly Donahue scored the WIT goal

Gordon celebrates first goal

Samantha Medeiros and Asha Steele

Danielle McDonnell (3), Heather MacDougall (26) and Chandler Stier (17)

Kasey Hayes (3) and Sidney Brogan (10)

Kiersten Klose (5)

Wentworth celebrates their first-half goal

 

 

 

 

 

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