Men's Lacrosse: Cadets Sacrifice Six Goals in Fourth Quarter in 8-5 Loss to NEC

Men's Lacrosse: Cadets Sacrifice Six Goals in Fourth Quarter in 8-5 Loss to NEC

HENNIKER, N.H.—The New England College men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-goal deficit and down the visiting Cadets of Norwich University 8-5 in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon.

With the loss, the Cadets fall to 1-7 on the season, while the win boosts the Pilgrims to 7-1.

The Cadets held a 5-2 lead through three quarters of action, but the Pilgrims rallied for six-straight in the fourth quarter to claim the win. NEC's Adam Shute and Skyler Saunders tallied two fourth-quarter goals each, while Garrett Naimie and Nick Herzog also tallied goals in the comeback.

Norwich had five different goal scorers on the afternoon, including sophomore Connor Roberts (St. Albans, Vt.), who netted the first goal of the game with 11:06 to play in the first quarter. A Shute goal four-and-a-half minutes evened the score at 1-1.

Norwich's Jimmy Warden (North Andover, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal at hthe 8:45 mark of the second quarter to put the Cadets up 2-1, and sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Mass.) added another Cadets tally at 7:36 to set the score at 3-1. The Pilgrims' Naimie score 19 second later to briefly cut the Cadets' lead to one goal, but sophomore Matt Flaherty (Portland, Maine) scored at 6:10, assisted by junior C.J. Dolan (East Sandwich, Mass.), to set the 4-2 halftime score.

Senior Andrew Dustin (Canterbury, N.H.) scored the lone goal of the third quarter at the 7:02 mark to put the Cadets up by three goals entering the fourth quarter.

McCarthy and Roberts both registered a goal and an assist for the Cadets.

Shute totaled three goals for the Pilgrims, while Saunders dished out two assists in addition to his two goals.

Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) totaled 10 saves in the complete-game effort in net, while NEC netminder Chris Galluzzo recorded 13 saves. The Cadets held a narrow 33-30 advantage in shots on the afternoon.

Junior Andrew Bracy (Carthage, N.Y.) won six of 11 face-off attempts for the Cadets, while Cam Scully won seven of 12 attempts for the Pilgrims. Scully also recorded a game-high five ground balls on the afternoon, while Dustin had a team-best three ground balls for Norwich.

The Cadets will be back in action on Saturday, when they host Johnson & Wales University at 1:00 p.m. in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.