Men’s Soccer: Norwich closes out regular season with 2-0 win over Lasell

Michael Menn '20
Michael Menn '20

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 2-0 victory over Lasell University on Wednesday night on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

Freshman Matteo Iagrossi (Schenectady, N.Y.) and junior Matt Bento (Brookfield, Conn.) each scored goals, while freshman Robert Wagenesller (Poway, Calif.) stopped the lone shot he faced to pick up his fourth shutout of the season in goal.

Norwich (13-3-1, 8-2-1 GNAC) tied its most wins in a season since 2014 with the victory. The Cadets earned the No. 3 seed for the GNAC Tournament and will host No. 6 Colby-Sawyer on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

Iagrossi gave the Cadets a lead they would never look back from in the ninth minute with his second goal of the season of an assist from Amerle Nemeye (Burlington, Vt.). Nemeye made a great run down the left side to beat a pair of Lasell defenders and then he fed a crossing pass to the right post that Iagrossi was able to tuck home for the game-winning goal.

Norwich added to its lead in the 27th minute with Bento scoring his third goal of the season on a crossing pass by Julius Davis (Peabody, Mass.). Davis found Bento with a service from out wide and then Bento did the rest, putting the ball into the back of the net for the goal.

Norwich outshot Lasell 24-1 to snap the Lasers' five-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's regular season finale. The Cadets also avenged a 1-1 tie to start the 2018 season down in Newton, Mass. last year.

Jackson Burhans made five saves for Lasell before exiting at halftime and fell to 4-6 on the year. Nick Pappas came on to make three saves in an outstanding effort in the second half to keep Norwich's lead at 2-0.

Norwich will enter the postseason on a three-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents 11-0 in that span.

The Cadets beat Colby-Sawyer 3-0 earlier this season at home on Sabine. Johnson & Wales earned the No. 1 seed and will host Lasell. Three-time defending GNAC champion Saint Joseph's (Maine) will host No. 7 Emmanuel. No. 4 seed Univ. of St. Joseph will host No. 5 seed Albertus Magnus in the other quarterfinal matchups.