Gordon vs. Nichols
March 24, 2012
The Game Story:
The Fighting Scots picked up their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win of the season today, downing the visiting Bison of Nichols College, 8-3, to improve to 4-6 overall, 1-1 in conference play. With the loss Nichols drops to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in the CCC.

Leading the effort for Gordon was Adam Quinn (Sr./Gloucester, Mass.) with three goals, Matt Dantona (Fr./Syosset, N.Y.) with two goals and one assist, Dan Perednia (Sr./Granby, Conn.) with two tallies, and Nate Masson (Fr./Vienna, Va.) with a single score. Keeper Houston Zemanski (Jr./Annapolis, Md.) had a standout day between the pipes, turning away 13 in a full 60 minutes to earn the victory.

With neither team able to find the back of the net in the early going, Gordon's Dantona finally put the Scots on the board at 6:47 in the first, burying a Wes Chittick (Sr./Glenside, Pa.) pass for the 1-0 lead. Quinn followed suit just three minutes later on an unassisted effort to make it 2-0, after which Perednia bested Nichols keeper Scott Gray (Sr./Annapolis, Md.) off a pass from Ian Knechtle (So./New Canaan, Conn.) to build the Scots' lead to three at the end of the first.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern to the first, as it took over six minutes of action before Nichols' Michael Bane (Fr./North Grafton, Mass.) scored a man-up tally from Macaulay Gillis (Jr./Northborough, Mass.) to draw the game to within two for the Bison. That gap would further widen to the Scots' advantage, however, as Dantona connected to Quinn for a goal at 3:20 and Masson scored on a solo effort in the final minute to give Gordon the 5-1 lead at the midway point.

After a scoreless third, Dantona netted his second of the day from Chittick at 11:51 in the fourth, to which Nichols responded with back-to-back goals from Zac Smith (So./Wilbraham, Mass.) and Devan Maher (Sr./Leominster, Mass.) to make it a 6-3 game heading into the final minutes. And though both teams had viable scoring opportunities, Gordon would ice the game down the stretch behind goals from Perednia and Quinn to hold on for the five-goal victory.

Gray rounded out the effort for the Bison having denied 15 of Gordon's attempts on goal.