Men's Lacrosse: Cadets Top Monks 5-1 in Home Opener

Men's Lacrosse: Cadets Top Monks 5-1 in Home Opener

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Five different players scored to lead the Norwich University men's lacrosse team to a 5-1 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) win against the Monks of St. Joseph's College Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Cadets improve to 3-8 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the loss drops the Monks to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in GNAC action.

The Cadets started out strong, as Victor Bill (Nazareth, Pa.), Matt Flaherty (Portland, Maine), and Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) all scored goals for Norwich. Bill scored on an assist by Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) with 9:51 to play. Flaherty tallied a man-up goal assisted by Mendoza with 5:13 left to play in the quarter, and Mendoza gave the Cadets a 3-0 lead with 2:17 remaining in the quarter on an unassisted shot.

Scoring slowed in the second quarter until the final minute, when Fuller netted a goal with 16 seconds remaining in the half.

The Cadets were unable to find the net in the third quarter, which allowed the Monks to cut into Norwich's lead. With 3:56 to play in the third quarter, St. Joseph's Andrew Sullivan scored, assisted by Dalton Eldridge .

The Cadets added an insurance goal with 28 seconds remaining in the game as Mike Lavery (Penacook, N.H.) snuck a shot past Monks' goaltender Ethan Rettew.

Rettew tallied eight saves in almost 50 minutes of action, while Norwich netminder Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) recorded six saves in the complete-game effort.

Andrew Bracy (Carthage, N.Y.) and Brett Sewing (Brattleboro, Vt.) combined to win six of nine face-off attempts for the Cadets. Peter Troiano (Winchester, Mass.) scooped up a team-best four ground balls, while St. Joseph's Brad Loomis and Tom Crawford matched Troiano with four ground balls each.

Norwich returns to action on Wednesday, April 9 when they travel to Emmanuel College for a 7:00 p.m. GNAC matchup.