Men's Lacrosse: Cadets Remain Unbeaten in League Play with 12-5 Win against Lasell
NEWTON, Mass.—Nine different players scored to lead the Norwich University men's lacrosse team to a 12-5 win against the Lasers of Lasell College on Tuesday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
With the win, the Cadets improve to a flawless 4-0 in GNAC play and 4-3 overall, while the Lasers suffer their first GNAC loss of the season, falling to 3-1 in league play and 4-5 overall.
Entering the second half with a one-goal advantage at 4-3, the Cadets broke open the gap by outscoring the Lasers 3-0 in the third quarter. Fuller started off the second-half scoring with a man-up tally at the 9:56 mark and McCarthy followed with his second goal of the game just under five minutes later. Ian Mendoza (Mt. Airy, Md.) gave the Cadets a four-goal edge by working an unassisted goal with 3:57 left in quarter.
The Lasers scored the bookend goals of the fourth period, but the Cadets notched five goals in the middle en route to the 12-5 victory.
Norwich jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Andrew Dustin (Canterbury, N.H.) and Fuller at the 7:55 and 7:12 marks, but the lead would prove to be short-lived as the Lasers answered with two goals of their own at 5:24 and 3:08 to round out the first quarter action.
The Cadets opened the second quarter with goals by McCarthy and Josh Menge (Hagaman, N.Y.) at 12:52 and 10:45, respectively. Norwich held on to the two-goal edge for the majority of the quarter until Lasell's Dylan Fernandez brought the Lasers back within one on a goal with 44 seconds left to play in the half.
Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) totaled six saves to post his fourth-straight win in net. Lasell goaltender David Walen recorded 16 saves for the Lasers, who were outshot 54-23 by the Cadets on the afternoon.
Cadets' face-off specialist Nate Fortezzo (Bramford, Conn.) posted a won 75 percent of the 20 face-offs he took and also scored his second goal of the season midway through the fourth quarter. He also posted a game-high 12 ground balls on the afternoon.
Norwich is idle until Saturday, when they travel to face defending GNAC tournament champion Mount Ida. The two teams, who met in the conference championship last season, will square off at 1:00 p.m. at the Mustang's Alumni Field.