NEWTON, Mass. - The Norwich University men's lacrosse team came up with a big win over Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) powerhouse Lasell College on Wednesday night, upsetting the hosting Lasers by a 14-11 final score.
Coming into the game, the Lasers had not lost a regular season GNAC game in 13 matchups, dating all the way back to 2016.
The Cadets jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on the reigning conference champions, as both Connor Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.) and Cody Moore (Canton, N.Y.) picked up goals in the first five minutes of game time. The Norwich defense held Lasell to just three goals in the first half, and Norwich entered the locker room at halftime with a 5-3 advantage.
Norwich came out in the second half with back-to-back goals to extend the lead, but Lasell stayed in it and never let the Cadets get too far away. The Lasers opened up the fourth with a man-up goal to tighten it to 9-7, but the Cadets found a way to respond every time they needed to in order to keep Lasell at bay. Another Cody Moore goal with 2:00 remaining in the game put Norwich up 14-10 and took away any chance of a dramatic comeback for Lasell, and the Cadets walked away with the 14-11 victory.
Cody Moore ended up with a game-high six goals on the night, coming up with a career game right when the Cadets needed it. Reigning GNAC Player of the Week Josh Jenkins (Centennial, Colo.) continued his dominant senior season with five goals and two assists on the night, and Brandon Milburn (Bridgewater, N.J.) continued his excellent play in net with 12 saves to earn his third win of the year between the pipes.
With the win, Norwich improves to 7-5 on the year and a solid 4-1 mark within the conference. The Cadets now sit second in the conference behind the Mount Ida Mustangs and their 4-0 conference record, raising the stakes for the Cadets next game on April 14 when those same Mustangs come to Sabine Field for a 1:00 PM showdown for the top spot in the conference.