Men's Lacrosse: #4 Norwich at #1 Lasell – GNAC Playoff Preview

2017 Men's Lacrosse Team

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Following an overtime victory over Emmanuel (Mass.) in the First Round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse tournament, Norwich University will take on the top-seeded Lasers from Lasell College on Thursday, Apr. 4 in Newton, Mass. 

The Cadets enter play with a 10-8 overall record alongside a 5-3 record versus league opponents during the regular season. After defeating the three-time reigning GNAC champions from Emmanuel, Norwich will turn its sights toward claiming its first conference championship since 2013. 

Live Stats and Live Video of Thursday's contest will be available on the Norwich Athletics website. 

LAST MEETING: The Norwich University men's lacrosse team was downed by visiting Lasell College on Tuesday, Apr. 4 by a 14-8 score at Sabine Field. Sophomore Aidan Moulton (Danvers, Mass.) rattled off two goals for the Cadets, leading the team. Six different players recorded one goal for Norwich, rounding out the scoring.

Junior Michael Cashman (East Kingston, N.H.) was his team's leader with two helpers on the afternoon. The Cadets led by a 4-2 margin with 8:09 to go in the first half, but Lasell fired off six-straight goals to capture an 8-4 lead. Ultimately, a seven-goal third quarter for the Lasers ended any chance of a Norwich comeback. 

SCOUTING THE CADETS

  • Jenkins leads the Cadets with 48 points on offense, registering 35 goals and 13 assists (35-13=48) to rank 11th in the GNAC – he recently became the 16th student-athlete to register at least 100 career points (76-33=109).
  • Junior Ian Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) ranks second on the team with 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points (18-14=32), reeling in 38 ground balls.
  • Seven different Cadets have registered at least 10 caused turnovers for Norwich.
  • Senior James Connors (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Zach Adler (Stratham, N.H.) rank fifth and ninth, respectively, in the league with 27 and 17 caused turnovers.
  • Connors' 27 caused turnovers this season are tied for the most on record for the Cadets since the statistic was first reliably tracked in 2011.
  • Norwich leads the GNAC with an 8.39 goals-against average, limiting opponents to only 153 goals across 18 games.
  • Norwich leads the GNAC with 191 caused turnovers as a team while scooping up 713 ground balls, far and away the conference leaders.
  • The Cadets were the only team to have two-different goaltenders win GNAC Goalie of the Week honors in 2017.
  • Norwich was projected to finish third out of nine teams in the league's annual Preseason Coaches' Poll. 

SCOUTING THE LASERS

  • Lasell is looking to make its second consecutive GNAC championship appearance after being ousted by Emmanuel by a 14-13 margin.
  • Lasell leads the GNAC with 13.07 goals scored per game and its 8.82 goals-against average ranks third.
  • Lasell lost only one GNAC fixture after March 1, finishing with an 11-3 overall mark and wins in their last three contests.
  • Austin Tomasetti has posted 36 assists on the year, ranking second in the GNAC and his 54 points (18-36=54) are the fourth-most in the conference.
  • Ryan Madden is the team's leading goal scorer with 31 tallies in 14 games…Four other players have registered at least 20 goals for the Lasers.
  • Jorge Salazar has started all 14 games in goal for Lasell and has an 8.55 goals-against and .608 save percentage, marks that respectively rank second and third in the GNAC.
  • Salazar was named GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week three times this season. 

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Lasell holds a 15-4 advantage all-time against Norwich dating back to the teams' first-ever meeting on Apr. 20, 2002, a 12-11 overtime win for the Cadets on Howard Field.
  • The Lasers won nine-straight meetings over Norwich from Apr. 30, 2005 to Mar. 24, 2012 before back-to-back wins by the Cadets halted the Lasell streak.
  • The Lasers have won the last five games over the Cadets.