NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Josh Jenkins (Centennial, Colo.) led the Norwich University men's lacrosse team with two goals in Saturday's 15-5 loss at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
The Cadets remain winless in four games this season while Coast Guard improves to 3-2 on the season. The Bears, a third-year program, have now taken two of the three meetings between the two programs since their debut in 2015.
In addition to Jenkins' two tallies, junior Ian Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.), sophomore Cody Moore (Canton, N.Y.) and freshman Connor Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.) scored for the Cadets while junior Alex Bowen (Davidson, N.C.) registered the team's lone assist. Norwich was out-shot by a 46-to-20 margin and lost the ground ball battle, picking up 28 of the game's 62 loose balls.
Coast Guard sprinted out to a 4-0 lead only 12:59 into the game as Riley McNulty scored twice to pace the hosts. Jenkins potted his first goal of the game with only seven seconds left on the first quarter clock, temporarily slowing the momentum. The Bears created distance in the second quarter, notching three of the first four goals in the stanza to build a 7-2 lead.
Kennedy and Moore ended the first half and began the second half with goals, respectively, to bring Norwich back to within three goals, 7-4. Coast Guard assumed control of the game in the final 30 minutes, however, tallying eight of the game's final 10 goals to build a 15-5 lead as time expired.
Benner Geurtsen scored two goals and added three assists, leading Coast Guard in point scoring. Jack Pope registered a hat trick while McNulty also tallied three goals, adding an assist for the Bears.
Norwich goalie Ian Kriger (Burlington, Mass.) drew the loss, his third of the season, after allowing 15 goals on 26 shots faced. The goaltending triumvirate for Coast Guard yielded five goals on 11 shots placed on frame, led by Trey Johnson and his five saves through the first 50-plus minutes of action.
The Cadets host Curry on Wednesday, Mar. 22 at 5 p.m. in non-conference action.