NASHUA, N.H.—Sophomore Mike Lavery (Penacook, N.H.) totaled three goals and three assists to lead the Norwich University men's lacrosse team to an 18-5 win against the Eagles of Daniel Webster College on Monday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
With the win, the Cadets improve to 5-9 overall and 5-3 in league play, while the loss drops the Eagles to 1-10 overall and 0-8 against GNAC opponents.
In addition to Lavery, Josh Daigle (Marlborough, Mass.) had a hat trick and one assist and senior Ian Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) registered three goals. Junior Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up a pair of goals with an assist, sophomore Connor Roberts (St. Albans, Vt.) had four assists, and classmate C.J. Dolan (East Sandwich, Mass.) dished off three assists.
David Downie (Merrimack, N.H.) picked up a pair of goals for the hosts, while Jay McGrath (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a goal and two assists. Anthony Cotoni (Groton, Mass.) and Sean Hamilton (Brookline, N.H.) added solo scores.
James Bushey (Hamden, Conn.) combined with Curtis Larade (Merrimack, N.H.) to make nine saves for DWC.
Norwich jumped ahead on a Thomas goal just 54 seconds into the game but DWC tied it 2:13 later on Downie's first goal of the game off a McGrath feed. The Cadets responded by scoring the next six goals, including two more from Thomas and two from Fuller before Hamilton's goal for the Eagles with 8 seconds remaining in the quarter made it a 7-2 game after one.
Downie potted his second of the game 46 seconds into the second, but Norwich answered with three straight before Cotoni netted his only score with 7:04 remaining and the Cadets took a 10-4 lead into the break.
Lavery would net two in the third and Daigle added one for a 13-4 game heading into the fourth and the Cadets extended the lead with 15-4 before McGrath notched his score with 12:26 for a 15-5 game.
Norwich would close it out with goals from Lavery, Daigle and Joe Wood (White River Jct., Vt.) over the final four minutes.
Norwich finished with a 27-11 shots on goal advantage and earned decisive wins on the faceoff (20-6) and groundballs (33-16). Both senior Brett Sewing (Brattleboro, Vt.) and freshman Joe Wood (White River Junction, Vt.) won 10 face-offs each. Connor McMahon (Norwich, Conn.) had a team-best four ground balls.
The Cadets are back in action on Wednesday, when they host Anna Maria in GNAC play. The game, scheduled for 7:00 p.m., will be the first men's lacrosse game played under the new lights on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.