Men's Lacrosse: Norwich Downs Mt. Ida 9-6 in Battle of GNAC Unbeatens

Photos courtesy of Bill Dexter
Photos courtesy of Bill Dexter

NEWTON, Mass.—The Norwich University men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered third-quarter goals to overcome a 5-2 halftime deficit and down the Mustangs of Mt. Ida College 9-6 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Mt. Ida's Alumni Field.

In a battle of the GNAC unbeatens, the Cadets now sit at 5-0 in GNAC play and 5-3 overall, while the loss drops the Mustangs to 5-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.

The Cadets were led offensively by Ian Mendoza (Mt. Airy, Md.), who totaled three goals and an assist. Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) and Zachary MacMillan (Brunswick, Maine) both netted two goals each in Norwich's crucial third quarter run. Josh Menge (Hagaman, N.Y.) and Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, N.Y.) also netted goals for the Cadets.

Mendoza netted the first goal of the game, but the Mustangs charged back with three first-quarter goals to take the 3-1 lead. After a 2-1 scoring advantage in the second quarter, the Cadets found themselves trailing 5-2 with 30 minutes of action left to play.

Fuller wasted no time in the third quarter as he netted the first goal of the second half 57 seconds after the opening face-off. MacMillan brought the score to 5-4 1:13 later, and Fuller converted a pass from Menge into the equalizer at the 10:45 mark.

Following a five-minute scoring drought, the Cadets scored three times in a span of 49 seconds to take the 8-5 lead with 4:04 left to play in the quarter. Mendoza, Canarelli and MacMillan were all credited with unassisted goals.

The fourth quarter was scorless for the first 12:57 until the Mustangs cut the Cadets' lead to two with a goal by Nick Yacuzzi with 2:03 left on the clock.  The Cadets wasted no time reclaiming the three-goal lead as Menge scored just nine seconds later.

Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) recorded 11 saves en route to his fifth-straight win in net. Mt. Ida goaltender Craig Bray recorded 15 saves for the Mustangs, who trailed Norwich 43-23 in shots.

Face-off specialist Nate Fortezzo (Bramford, Conn.) won 16 of 19 face-off attempts for Norwich on the afternoon.

The Cadets return to action on Wednesday, April 9 as they travel to take on Emerson at 7:00 p.m.