Univ Of New England vs. Gordon
April 21, 2009
The Game Story:
BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior Andrew Kirkaldy (Red Deer, Alberta) and sophomore Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville, Ontario) scored five goals apiece as Gordon College defeated the University of New England, 18-8, in The Commonwealth Coast Conference men's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.

The win is the third in the last four outings for the Fighting Scots, who improved to 4-9 overall and evened their conference record at 4-4. UNE suffered its fifth straight loss to drop to 5-8 overall, 0-7 in TCCC play.

Gordon got off to a quick start behind a pair of goals from junior Joel Derechinshy (Annapolis, Md.) in the opening 2:34. The Fighting Scots added two more scores before sophomore Michael Woods (Kittery Point, Maine) got the Nor'easters on the board late in the quarter.

Each team tallied four goals in the second period, leading to an 8-5 Gordon advantage at the break.

Behind two third-quarter goals by MacIntosh, the Fighting Scots built a 12-7 lead heading into the final frame.

After senior Dan Leyden (Northfield, Mass.) got the Nor'easters within four (12-8) at 10:43 of the fourth, Gordon closed the game with six unanswered goals to win going away.

MacIntosh added three assists to finish with eight points, while Kirkaldy set up a pair of goals to support with seven points. Derechinshy offered a four-goal performance for the Fighting Scots, who scored 18 goals on just 34 shot attempts.

Sophomore Stuart Knechtle (New Canaan, Conn.) collected a game-high 14 ground balls to help Gordon establish a 51-36 edge in that category. Senior goalie Wayne Terry (Chatfont, Pa.) needed 11 saves to record the victory.

Luke DiFiore (Gloucester, Mass.) had a team-high three goals in a losing effort. Leyden finished with a pair of scores and set-up one other.

First-year Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) and senior Andy Briggs (Scituate, R.I.) split time in goal for UNE and combined to make seven stops.

Gordon wraps up its regular season Saturday with a road game at Roger Williams University (1 p.m.). The Nor'easters are scheduled to host the University of Southern Maine on Thursday at 4 p.m.