BOSTON, MASS. – Norwich University was recognized with the release of the 2012 all-Great Northeast Athletic Conference honor teams May 1.
Coach Neal Anderson was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year, while junior midfielder/faceoff specialist Nate Fortezzo (Branford, Conn.) earned first team honors. Second team accolades went to freshman attacker Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.), sophomore midfielder Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.), and junior defender Thomas Andrews (Hartland, Vt.).
Anderson guided the Maroon and Gold to the program's second straight GNAC postseason tournament and its first finals trip. The Cadets go into their season finale at Lyndon State May 2 one win from setting a new single-season standard. Fortezzo topped the Cadets in faceoffs all season, winning 143 of 206 attempts through 17 games for 68 percent which ranks fifth in NCAA Division III. He also has three goals and an assist and a team-best 54 ground balls to his credit. Fuller ranks second in scoring (32 points) and first in assists (17) for NU, while Mendoza is the program's leading goal scorer (33) and is just one shy of 50 for his career. Andrews is among the top defensemen for the Maroon and Gold with a team-leading 12 caused turnovers.
Senior goalkeeper Nathan Proctor (Pleasanton, Calif.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship squad. Fortezzo and Mendoza each add the all-league awards to all-tournament honors they gained last week. Sophomore goalkeeper Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) was also on the all-tourney team.