Thursday Scores – St. Mary’s Boys Basketball Tops Spellman – Gordon College Men’s Basketball Tops Endicott – Endicott Women Defeat Gordon

MSONEWSPORTS will broadcast Friday night’s Beverly at Lynn English boys basketball game – 7 p.m.

College results from Salem State, Endicott, and Gordon College are posted below

Boys Basketball

St. Mary’s 68 Cardinal Spellman 64 – The Spartans take sole possession of first place in CCL behind Jalen Echevarria’s 29 points.

Salem Academy 48 Pioneer 45

Girls Basketball

Pioneer 43 Salem Academy 23

Boys Hockey

No game scheduled

Girls Hockey

Winthrop 6 Bishop Fenwick 0

Masconomet 4 Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover 1

Salem State Men’s Hockey Wins

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Two third-period goals by Salem State, including the game-winner by Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.), negated the evenly-matched opening stanzas to lift the Vikings to a 6-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in MASCAC play on Thursday evening.

The Basics
Score: Salem State 6, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Salem State (7-6-1, 4-4-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-7-1, 4-3-1 MASCAC)

How it Happened

Miller’s game-winner capped a four-point performance, joining three assists by the senior. Three additional Vikings, including Parker Wood (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Michael Casale (Stoney Creek, Ont.) and Mackenzie Cook (Reading, Mass.) totaled three points, including two goals by Cook.

UMass Dartmouth senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) tallied two goals and an assist for a team-high three points. Senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.), junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) all also finished with multiple points.

The goals came fast and furious in the first period, with Sones opening scoring on a one-timer from senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and Ruiz. The lead held until the 14th minute, when the first of Cook’s back-to-back power play goals gave way to five scores in the course of two minutes.

UMass Dartmouth evened the margin a two with Sones’ second tally at 14:53, but Viking Derek Makimaa (Swartz Creek, Mich.) responded merely 13 seconds later. The frenzy and scoring for the frame ended after Ruiz struck for his 10th goal of the season on the assist from Leonard.

A power-play goal a side kept the margin all square at the end of the second. Three minutes after Callum Hofford (Woodbridge, Ont.) found the cage for Salem State, Shea fired a pass from Sones past Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) from the point.

Despite the Corsairs doubling up the visitors on shots for the final stanza, Salem State was able to break the stalemate for good beginning with Miller’s score at 6:06. Three minutes later, Casale converted on Daniel Campbell’s (Waterloo, Ont.) for the insurance goal.

Inside the Numbers

  • Thursday featured 14 combined power-play opportunities, with Salem State going 3-for-6 on the man-advantage and UMass Dartmouth 2-for-8.
  • Following Thursday’s MASCAC action, Ruiz (24 points) and Shea (22 points) now sit first and second, respectively, in overall scoring in the conference.
  • Pucciarelli finished with 47 stops in net, including 21 in the second period, with UMass Dartmouth’s Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) totaling 35.
  • The Corsairs outshot the visitors on the game by a 51-41

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth is on the road Saturday, traveling to MASCAC leader Plymouth State for a 6 p.m. puck drop. Salem State makes the trek to Worcester State for a 4:30 p.m. start on the same day.

Men’s College Basketball – Gordon Tops Endicott 

WENHAM — The Endicott men’s basketball team fell to crosstown rival Gordon College, 105-98, in overtime on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.

Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) notched a team-high 28 points (10-20 FG, 4-8 3PT, 4-5 FT), while Nick Thibeault (Gorham, Maine) added 18 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT). Matt McDevitt (Cumberland, Maine) also compiled 17 points (6-13 FG, 4-11 3PT, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and a steal.

Trailing 88-85 with 1:17 left to play in regulation, the Gulls tied up the contest when Joel Villa (Bronx, N.Y.) swished a three-pointer at the 1:03 mark off a feed from Joe Shehadi (Dorset, Vt.). Endicott then forced overtime on the next possession as the Gulls staved off a game-winning layup by Gordon with some strong interior defense with seven seconds remaining.

In overtime, Endicott grabbed an early 90-88 advantage on a made jumper from Brown, but Gordon countered with a 9-2 run over the next 3:16 of action to pull away from its rivals. The next 1:08 of play featured a spirited comeback bid by Endicott although the Fighting Scots’ lead was too much to overcome that late.

Tonight’s game only featured four ties and four lead changes despite the back-and-forth nature of the matchup.
Gordon’s largest lead of 10 points came in overtime (45-seconds remaining), while Endicott’s largest lead was 11 points (6:50, first half).
Shehadi filled the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Endicott had won the previous six matchups versus Gordon.
Eric Demers (Acushnet, Mass.) poured in a game-high 33 points (12-12 FG, 5-9 3PT, 4-5 FT) to go along with five assists, five steals, and a block.
Jake Haar (Hungtington Beach, Calif.) had 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-10 3PT).
Demers and Haar combined for 11 of Gordon’s 12 three-pointers.
Garrisson Duvivier (Brockton, Mass.) produced a double-double with 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-7 FT) and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Endicott (9-4, 4-2 CCC) hosts Roger Williams this Saturday at 3 PM. Gordon (7-5, 3-2 CCC) welcomes Salve Regina to its campus on Saturday at 3 PM.

Women’s College Basketball Wins

WENHAM, Mass. – The Endicott women’s basketball team defeated Gordon College, 78-55, on Thursday evening. The first period was close, with the Fighting Scots taking a slight 13-14 edge by the end of the quarter. The Gulls came back in the second quarter to take a 30-28 lead going into halftime.

Endicott upped the offensive pressure out of the halftime break and streched its lead throughout the third and fourth quarters to secure the 78-55 victory.

Cassandra Stapelfeld (Brookline, N.H.) recorded a career and season-high 23 points during the contest. Sam Charette (Wenham, Mass.) led the team in rebounds with six, while Emily Pratt (Gardner, Mass.) and Catie Lipscomb (West Springfield, Mass.) were close behind with five each.

Also guiding the Gulls offensivley were Hannah Kiernan (Wenham, Mass.) with 17 points, Gabriella Coppola (Watertown, Mass.) with 15 points and Pratt with 14 points.
Coppola led the team in assists with five. She took sole possesion of second place on the all-time career assists list with this game’s helpers.
Emma Tierney (Wolfeboro, N.H.) had a team-leading three blocks.
Sarah Gibbs (Elizabethtown, Pa.) recorded a team-high 13 points while Meghan Foley (Malden, Mass.) was close behind with 11.
Foley and Gibbs also led in rebounds with 11 and 10 respectively.
The Fighting Scots held the slight 39-36 rebound advantage.
Endicott (7-5, 5-1 CCC) hosts Roger Williams on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 p.m. Gordon (4-9, 2-4 CCC) hosts Salve Regina for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 13.

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