MILTON, Mass.—Despite a game-high five goals by Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.), the Norwich University men's lacrosse team dropped a 7-5 non-conference decision to the Colonels of Curry College on Sunday afternoon at Walter M. Katz Field.
With the loss, the Cadets fall to 0-3 on the season, while the win boosts the Colonels to 5-0.
Mendoza netted all five goals for the Cadets in the loss. Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) recorded two assists, while Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Mass.) and Connor Roberts (St. Albans, Vt.) recorded single assists.
Curry held a 1-0 lead after the first quarter of play as Andrew Navoni scored at the 7:11 mark. Connor Arnold assisted on the goal. A second-quarter man-up goal by Curry's Connor McKeon with 1:29 left to play gave the Colonels the 2-0 edge entering halftime.
The Colonels would extend the lead to 3-0 on a goal by Arnold at 9:53 before Mendoza would take control for Norwich, scoring three-straight goals at 9:14, 6:38 and 5:59 to even the score at 3-3. McCarthy assisted on Mendoza's first goal, followed by back-to-back assists by Fuller.
Curry's John Castellano netted the go-ahead goal with 1:16 to play in the third quarter and a second tally with two seconds left on the clock to give the Colonels the 5-3 edge entering the final quarter.
McKeon added his second tally of the day at the 12:19 mark of the fourth quarter to put Curry up 6-3. Mendoza responded with back-to-back goals at 7:58 and 6:48 to bring Norwich within a goal, but Norwich was unable to find the equalizer in the next 6:36 and allowed McKeon to net his third goal of the afternoon with 12 seconds remaining to set the 7-5 final score.
Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) registered 16 saves in net for the Cadets as he faced 23 shots on goal on the afternoon. Curry netminder Timothy McNair recorded 17 saves and faced 22 shots on net. The Cadets outshot the Colonels 31-27 on the afternoon.
Midfielder Nate Fortezzo (Branford, Conn.) dominated the face-off category for the Cadets as he won 12 of 15 attempts and recorded a game-high seven ground balls.
The Cadets return to action on Thursday as they travel to Anna Maria College for a 6:00 p.m. Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchup.