(Wenham MA) Sports can be like that.
#1 seed Gordon had an eight-game win streak going in a season in which they had lost just once. And they were playing at home.
The opponent (Roger Williams) was seeded fifth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and had lost at home to Gordon (1-0) eleven days ago.
None of that mattered on this sunny Tuesday afternoon, as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots, 2-1, in overtime, in the tournament semifinals on The Quad at Gordon.
RWU (15-4-2) will now get a chance at the CCC championship on Saturday versus #2 seed Western New England in Springfield.
With the loss, Gordon (18-2) is left to hope that their impressive record will earn them an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.
Jesse DiPietro’s goal two minutes into sudden-victory overtime sealed the deal for the visitors.
The key to the RWU win may well have been back in the second half when the Hawks quickly responded to Gordon’s goal. Then down, 1-0, and with all that negative stuff piled up against them that I mentioned above, the Hawks took less than two minutes to even things with the CCC regular season champs. I thought that RWU had the better of the chances thereafter and I wasn’t shocked to see the Hawks pull off the upset.
After a scoreless first half, Andrew Vandervoort was on the receiving end of a wonderful pass from freshman Caleb Cole. Andrew had time to volley the pass over RW goalie Jon Pelloso and chase it into an open net.
The score was Andrew’s 18th goal of the 2013 season. For Caleb it was assist #8.
I got a long-range look at Roger Williams’ tying goal by Andrew Carlson. My picture shows Andrew with the ball in front of him as well as an open net. The Gordon GK is off to the right.
I also had a long-range look at Jesse DiPietro’s game-winner in overtime. My picture shows Jesse sliding after kicking the ball past three Gordon defenders as well as goalkeeper Josh Spoonhour.
This was the 304th win for the Hawks veteran coach Jim Cook. RWU has won six CCC championships during Jim’s twelve years as head coach. The last one being in 2006.
Josh Spoonhour had given up only three goals all season before two got by him today.
I was interested to see freshman Trevor Sparda of Scarborough playing for Roger Williams. I saw his sister, Sam, playing for Scarborough on Saturday in their Western Class B semifinals loss to Windham. Sam is a terrific defender with a strong leg.
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)