CASTLETON, Vt. – Norwich University scored six consecutive second half goals and received an incredible effort from senior goalkeeper Nathan Proctor (Pleasanton, Calif.) to earn a 7-3 win over Castleton State College in non-conference men's lacrosse action March 29 at Spartan Stadium.
Proctor finished with 17 saves, including six under stern pressure during the third period. Junior midfielder Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals to lead the attack.
Sophomore midfielder Patrick Tommins (Fairfield, Conn.) got the scoring started for NU (3-4). He knotted the game at 1-1 with 7:51 remaining in the second period by taking advantage of an extra man opportunity. Sophomore defender Marco Wiederanders (Denver, Colo.) found the cutting Tommins, feeding him perfectly for his 13th goal of the season. Castleton State (2-5) rebounded with a second period goal for a 2-1 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to Proctor and the Cadets. Norwich scored two straight goals, grabbing its first lead of the game in the third period on goals from Wiederanders and Canarelli. Wiederanders converted on an extra man opportunity off an assist from senior midfielder Patrick Sikora (Montpelier, Vt.). Canarelli gave the Cadets the lead with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Proctor owned the net as Castleton unleashed eight shots, including six on goal, all of which were turned away.
The scoring run continued into the fourth period. The Cadets put up four in a row before Castleton could answer. Sophomore midfielder Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) had a hand in two successive goals to stretch the lead to 5-2 with 12 minutes remaining. Mendoza's sixth goal of the season came with 13:44 left, as he rifled one past from the point. Less than two minutes later, Mendoza set up freshman midfielder Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) for his fourth of the season. Canarelli pushed the lead to 6-2 with 9:47 remaining, utilizing a series of jukes and spins to free himself for his second of the contest.Sophomore midfielder Joey Ditommaso (Hubbard, Ohio) capped the Norwich run with an unassisted tally at the 5:02 mark.
Norwich controlled the face-off circle, winning 11-of-14, while Castleton held a 33-29 advantage in the shot column. Junior midfielder/faceoff specialist Nate Fortezzo (Branford, Conn.) was an impressive 10-for-12 on face-offs, while Sikora corraled a team-best five ground balls.
Coach Neal Anderson's squad, with a modest two-match win string in tow, wraps up an eight-date road trip with a 1 p.m. non-conference match at Daniel Webster College of New Hampshire Saturday, March 31.