Men's Lacrosse: Norwich Concludes Flawless GNAC Schedule, Wins 9-4 against Saint Joseph's
PORTLAND, Maine—The Norwich University men's lacrosse team improved to a flawless 9-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action by downing the Monks of Saint Joseph's College 9-4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cadets improve to 9-3 overall in addition to their 9-0 record in league play, while the Monks fall to 7-9 overall and 6-3 against GNAC opponents.
Norwich concludes the regular season as the only undefeated team in the conference and sealed the postseason tournament's top seed for the first time in program history with yesterday's win against Rivier. The Cadets will host the eighth seed in the GNAC quarterfinals on Tuesday.
"I am proud of this team and our program," said head coach Neal Anderson on this year's success. "We continue to work hard and set new standards each season. These guys love to compete and we are looking forward to Tuesday's quarterfinal home game."
Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) led the Cadets with a game-high four goals. Zachary MacMillan (Brunswick, Maine) added two goals, while Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) and Ian Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) both contributed a goal and an assist. Josh Menge (Hagaman, N.Y.) netted a single goal and Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, N.Y.) paced the team with three assists.
The Monks saw three goals by Andrew Sullivan and a goal by Austin Watts. Max Meserve and Jake O'Brien recorded assists.
Fuller, Mendoza and Thomas netted first-quarter goals to give the Cadets the 3-0 advantage before Sullivan scored for the Monks. Sullivan also scored the first goal of the second quarter to cut Norwich's lead to 3-2, but Mendoza added an unassisted goal with 6:20 left to play in the half to give the Cadets the 4-2 edge entering halftime.
Mendoza and MacMillan opened the second half with back-to-back goals, but the Monks responded with two goals of their own by Sullivan and Watts to maintain the two-goal deficit.
The Cadets broke away in the final quarter, as Menge, MacMillan and Mendoza netted unanswered goals en route to the 9-4 final.
Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) recorded 11 saves in the win. Saint Joseph's netminder Christopher Driscoll recorded 13 saves for the Monks, who were outshot 39-31 on the afternoon.
Norwich face-off specialist Nate Fortezzo (Branford, Conn.) won 13 of 16 attempts and led the team in ground balls with nine.