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

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Elms, Gordon College men's basketball 2017-18

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!

(All the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

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

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon College women's soccer, Wentworth

Lexi Potter goal gets Gordon past Salve Regina 1-0

Gordon seniors honored.

Devin Lacroix gets away from Lea Adams

(Wenham MA) Gordon put short passes together all game long but most of them were horizontal.

However, ten minutes into the second half the Scots (8-4-2) put two vertical passes together and sophomore Lexi Potter broke in with the second one netting the only goal of the game.

The 1-0 victory over Salve Regina (5-9-3) extends the Scots win-streak to four with one game left in the regular season.

The Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament is scheduled to start next Saturday. Gordon, at 5-2-1 in the CCC, might face Salve again in the first round. GC is currently the #4 seed.

If Gordon can remain in the top four of the CCC they will earn for themselves a first-round home game. That would be a good thing because the Scots are undefeated (5-0) on the Wenham campus this season.

This was my first look at the women’s soccer team. I was immediately impressed with their determination and ability to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. They forced the visitors from Newport (RI) to do a lot of chasing.

The GC seniors (Kay Silveira, Naomi Shearer, Kim Bowley, Chandler Stier, and Sammi Morren) and their parents were recognized in a pregame ceremony.

 

Naomi Shearer gets in front of Abby McMackin’s shot

Later, Naomi would make a huge play in the game sliding across in front of SR’s Abby McMackin to block a high-percentage shot attempt. Abby has a team-high eleven goals this season for the Seahawks.

Lexi Potter sets to shoot after being set up by Devin Lacroix and Ashley Barkey

SR goalie Carly Pala looks back at the net after Lexi’s shot goes by her

Lexi Potter’s goal deserved two assists. Why? Sophomore Devin Lacroix advanced the ball forward beyond midfield in the middle and connected ahead to moving sophomore teammate Ashton Barkey. Ashton took a few dribbles forward and put a beautiful pass ahead beyond the Seahawks’ defenders. Lexi flew in from the right, past the defenders, collected the ball, and shot past SR goalie Carly Pala’s right and the celebrating began. As you can see, Devin (2nd team CCC last year) deserved an assist.

 

Gordon GK Kali Denty dives after Lea Adams’ shot

The biggest stop by Gordon’s sophomore goalie Kali Denty? A direct-kick blast late in the game from the middle of the field by Lea Adams. Kali, who isn’t very tall, took a high dive to her right to snag a shot headed for the upper corner.

Abby McMackin (3rd team CCC last year) excelled for the Seahawks. I have pictures with her deep in both ends. She was relentless and had the best of SR’s scoring chances.

Hard to single out anyone for the Scots because they were so unselfish with the ball. And it helped that there always seemed to be someone to pass to.

The weather was truly remarkable. Seventies in late October?

Good crowd on hand for the noon contest. Many, I suspect, were connected to the five seniors.
Gordon had a scoreless tie with Salve Regina last season at Newport.

The Scots have reached the CCC tournament finals in each of the last two seasons. Maybe they can take the next step this year?

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Gordon celebrates the only goal of the game

Ashley Barkey chases Emily Szemreylo

Amanda Fantasia and Asha Steele fight for a loose ball

Loose ball in the box

Devin Lacroix surrounded by Seahawks

Kali Denty comes out to deflect a shot by Abby McMackin

Katie Szemreylo battles with Jill Kefalas

Lexi Potter on the move

Salve GK Carly Pala battles with Devin Lacroix

Kiersten Klose

Lexi Potter

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon College women's soccer, Salve Regina

Gordon College Graduation 2017

Sam Johnson with diploma

Sam with President Michael Lindsay

(Wenham MA) Today was Gordon’s 125th graduation.

No, I haven’t attended them all!

I have been covering the Gordon men’s basketball team since 2002 in the Writing Scots blog.

I have seen plenty of games but also along the way have gotten to know the families that are connected to the players.  Going to graduation provides one last opportunity for my wife (Julie) and me to meet with the graduates and their families.

Great weather today for the outdoor event; temps in the upper 60’s with plenty of sunshine.

Sam Johnson was the lone graduate on the 2016-17 team.

I took a picture of Sam with the Gordon coaching staff.  I was surprised that they weren’t sobbing over the loss of Sam from the team!

Sam finds the camera

Sam was a consistent, high-energy, stat-producing player and was a key to the GC successes in his 3 ½ years with the Scots.

We wish him well.

My wife and I always find folks at graduation from the faculty and staff that we know from our previous connections there.

One disappointment was the discontinuance of the breakfast gathering of alumni classes before the graduation.  Those gatherings annually produced people that we hadn’t seen in years.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Sam with parents

Sara Sampong and Noah Szilagyi

junior teacher-of-the-year

Dominic Paradis

Herman Smith and Michael Lindsay

Class of 2037?

Bagpipers lead

David, Jennifer, Julie

Julie, Don, Laura

Julie and Ivy

Dale and Julie

Julie and Val

David and Julie

Julie and Paul

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon men's basketball 2016-17

Wentworth knocks Gordon out of the tournament 82-75

Shot in the air as well as several players

Shot in the air as well as several players

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

(Wenham MA) Wentworth dictated the tempo and defeated Gordon, 82-75, on Tuesday night.

The loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament’s first round ends the season for the (15-11) Scots.

The Leopards (14-12) went on a 12-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half to gain a 38-28 advantage at halftime.

The Scots rode the wave of the best crowd of the season and came all the way back to a 59-59 tie with 5:33 remaining.  An old-fashioned three by Josh Ribeiro was the tie enabler.

Plenty of time for good things to happen for the home team.

But those good things didn’t happen in the all-important next minute.  Dan DeVaux drained a three and was fouled.  Dan made the freebie and three more WIT free throws followed. In that one minute the Leopards raced ahead, 66-59, to gain separation.

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

The thing that impresses me when I watch Wentworth is their ability to get high-percentage shots on so many of their possessions.  Their last game versus Gordon was lost because their shots weren’t falling but even in that loss many of the shots taken were high-percentage.

The Scots, on the other hand, often settled for the first open look outside, which were rare, or looked inside.  Gordon’s inside was contested but single defenders get overpowered by Sam Johnson/Garrisson Duvivier.

Gordon’s 3-point shooting tanked out in the final two games to the tune of 4-for-18.  The Scots must find ways to get more open looks on the perimeter.

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

The inside game has been consistently good and was again tonight.  Wentworth’s tight defense on the arc opened things up and Garrisson Duvivier was able to finish his sophomore season with a season-high thirty-three points.

Sam Johnson finished his season and career on a double-double note – 13 points and 10 rebounds. Seventeenth time Sam has had the twin doubles this season.

Replacing Sam next year will not be possible.  My next Gordon event, Lord willing, will be Sam’s graduation in May.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 31

Sam Johnson 23

Stephen Azum 18 (10 points, 10 rebounds)

Dan DeVaux 14 (13 points)

Wentworth 89

Gordon 84

Box from the game.

(All pictures enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Jake Hart reaches in

Jake Hart reaches in

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson's final two

Sam Johnson’s final two

Jason Ganley long range

Jason Ganley long range

Jake Hart to the hoop

Jake Hart to the hoop

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon men's basketball 2016-17, Wentworth

Gordon finishes regular season with 74-66 win over Salve Regina

Garrisson Duvivier (26 points) had a big afternoon against Salve Regina

Garrisson Duvivier (26 points) had a big afternoon against Salve Regina

(Amesbury MA) The Scots finished the regular season with a 74-66 win over Salve Regina in Newport (RI) on Saturday afternoon.

Gordon (15-10) needed the win to take fourth place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and earn a home game (Tuesday 7PM) against Wentworth in the first round of the CCC tournament.

The Scots are in the same bracket as top-seed Nichols and #8 UNE.  The Nor’Easters have upset higher seeded teams in the first round the last two post-seasons.  Last year it was Wentworth and the year before it was Nichols.

The game with Salve Regina (8-16) was close.  The Seahawks trailed by just three points (61-58) with 4:21 to go.

Gordon had done well inside all afternoon as nineteen second chance points and forty points in the paint suggests.  Consecutive layups by Garrisson Duvivier and Jaren Yang gained GC separation and five-of-six made free throws in the last minute finished off the team from Newport.

Garrisson was Garrisson – 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Sam Johnson had his 16th double/double

Sam Johnson had his 16th double/double

Sam Johnson was Sam Johnson – 13 points, and 16 rebounds.  This was Sam’s sixteenth double/double of the season.

Jaren Yang had a marvelous second half – 13 points including 8-for-8 from the foul line.

Those stats were wonderful but the one I liked the best was Gordon having only NINE turnovers.  The last time that number was matched was during an NCAA post-season loss to Williams three years ago.

With few turnovers and a strong inside presence, the Scots could play three more games and be standing behind a banner.

Efficiency

Jaren Yang was eight-for-eight at the line in the second half.

Jaren Yang was eight-for-eight at the line in the second half.

Garrisson Duvivier 26

Sam Johnson 22

Jaren Yang 13

David Blackwell 12 (12 points)

Gordon 86

Salve Regina 60

The Seahawks will face Endicott, at Endicott, on Tuesday night.  Last meeting between those two resulted in a 35-point SR defeat.

Gordon’s last-meeting win over Wentworth was hopefully a turning point in our relationship with the team from Boston.  Tuesday night’s game should be a good one.

Box from the game.

Cooper Wirkala's two free throws in the closing second sealed the win for Oceanside

Cooper Wirkala’s two free throws in the closing second sealed the win for Oceanside

Why is this so late?  Saturday morning I learned that my nephew’s son was playing in a high school tournament game that afternoon in Augusta, Maine.  Off I went with my equipment and gave the game coverage.  In it my nephew’s son cashed two free throws in the final seconds to separate his team from the opposition.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon men's basketball 2016-17, Salve Regina

Gordon holds off UNE 80-72

Despite multi-coverage Garrisson Duvivier had a huge night for Gordon.

Despite multi-coverage, Garrisson Duvivier had a huge night for Gordon.

Jaren Yang (six-for-six in last minute)

Jaren Yang (six-for-six in last minute)

(Wenham MA) Last regular-season home game and it ended the way we hoped with a Gordon win.

The Scots (14-10) held off a late rush by the UNE Nor’Easters (7-17) to earn an 80-72 victory on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

Garrisson Duvivier had his best game of the season for GC.  The 6-6 sophomore had his 9th double/double (22 points,11 rebounds) but also added 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals.

The visitors from Biddeford (ME) had a nice start but later in the half dropped behind by seventeen points (39-22).  I thought then the game might get too far away from UNE for them to provide much of a challenge later.  I was wrong.

The Nor’Easters closed the half with a 10-1 run.  They would not be going away.

The longer the game went the closer the score seemed to get.  UNE was within six (52-46), then four (57-53), then three (66-63), and then two (72-70) with 2:29 remaining.  Note the alarming pattern!

However, on the next possession things turned for Gordon.  A missed shot led to an offensive rebound which became a layup for Garrisson.

Could UNE cut into the 4-point lead?  They had two shots at it and missed both tries.  UNE was forced to foul after each missed attempt to stop the clock and see if Gordon could make pressure free throws. Unfortunately for UNE, the Scots kept the ball in the hands of Jaren Yang the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s best foul shooter.  He calmly went six-for-six in the final minute and those points offset a Jean-Luc Parker layup and Gordon had its 14th win.

UNE played some zone defense as well as man-to-man.  It looked as if the Scots were a bit slow in figuring out how to attach the defense they faced.  In the first half, they were much better at it.

Sam Traicoff hit for a career-high eight points

Sam Traicoff hit for a career-high eight points

Sam Traicoff came off the bench to give Gordon eight points (career high for the freshman).

Sam Johnson had his 14th double/double (12 points, 10 rebounds) of the season.

The Scots will be finishing the regular season on Saturday in Newport (RI) versus Salve Regina.

If things go as they appear, Gordon will be back at the Bennett Center next Tuesday hosting Wentworth.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 39 (22 pts, 11 rebs)

Jean-Luc Parker 19 (19 points)

Jaren Yang 14 (14 points)

Gavin Dibble 14 (16 points)

Sam Johnson 13 (12 pts,10 rebs)

Gordon 100

UNE 69

Box from the game

(Pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Drew Coveney heads for the hoop

Drew Coveney heads for the hoop

Six-foot Jean-Luc Parkers elevates for two

Six-foot Jean-Luc Parkers elevates for two

 

Garrisson Duvivier found open looks against the UNE zone defense

Garrisson Duvivier found open looks against the UNE zone defense

UNE pressure in the backcourt

UNE pressure in the backcourt

Struggle for a rebound

Struggle for a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier had four steals

Garrisson Duvivier had four blocks

Sam Johnson and CJ Autry

Sam Johnson and CJ Autry

Josh Ribeiro splits Jackson McCoy and Gavin Dibble

Josh Ribeiro splits Jackson McCoy and Gavin Dibble

Sam Johnson gets an easy two

Sam Johnson gets an easy two

Jake Hart (10 points) defended by Jean-Luc Parker

Jake Hart (10 points) defended by Jean-Luc Parker

Garrisson Duvivier gets a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier gets a rebound

Graham Tienhaara spins in the lane

Graham Tienhaara spins in the lane

Jake Haar

Jake Haar

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gordon men's basketball 2016-17, UNE