WINTHROP, Mass. - The Norwich University men's lacrosse team had eight players awarded All-Conference honors, led by Offensive Player of the Year Josh Jenkins (Centennial, Colo.) and Defensive Player of the Year Zach Adler (Stratham, N.H.), the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced on Monday.
Josh Jenkins becomes the first ever Norwich student-athlete to take home Offensive Player of the Year honors after putting together a phenomenal senior season, as he was also named to the All-GNAC First Team for the second time in his career. His 45 goals and 67 points on the season were both the second-highest totals in the conference, and his 22 assists were the fourth-highest as he led the team in all three statistics. Jenkins made history on April 4 of this year, when he became just the third member of the Cadets' 100 career goals club. Finishing with 124, Jenkins sits second-all time in program history behind only Scott McCarthy '97 who had 126 career goals for the maroon and gold. His senior season also provided the second most goals and the most points in a single season in Cadets' history.
Zach Adler is just the second Cadets' student-athlete to take home Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Mark Paradiso who took home the award in 2013. Adler led a defensive unit that took over multiple games and sealed up plenty of games for Norwich over the course of the season, as the team finished first in the conference in goals-against average (9.1) and third in caused turnovers (167). Adler tallied 17 caused turnovers and scooped up 27 ground balls on the year. His 138 career ground balls rank him sixth all-time in program history. Adler also earned a spot on the First Team All-GNAC for the third year in a row.
Six other Cadets receive All-Conference honors alongside Jenkins and Adler, including Matt Whear (First), Cody Moore (First), Thomas Carlson (First), Joseph Santangelo (Second), Jack Dwyer (Second), and Matt Thresher (Sportsmanship).
Matt Whear (Duxbury, Mass.) appeared in all 19 games this season, starting 16 of them. The senior LSM scooped up a team-high 66 ground balls and caused 23 turnovers on the year. His 66 ground balls ranked 13th in the conference, while he sat 23rd in the conference in caused turnovers.
Cody Moore (Canton, N.Y.) put together an incredibly solid junior season, providing a spark on both ends of the field for the Cadets off the bench all season long. He appeared in every Norwich game and tallied a goal in all but two of those games during the season. His 41 goals rank him just behind Jenkins' 45 goals for the team-lead and was the fourth highest total in the conference. Moore also added 17 assists for 58 total points on the year, the fifth highest mark within the GNAC. He also notched his 100th career point during the GNAC Championship on May 5, and already sits in the top-ten in program history for career points and goals heading into his senior season.
One of the other leaders of the Norwich defensive unit, Thomas Carlson (Hebron, Conn.), was named to the First Team for the first time in his career. Carlson started 18 of the Cadets' 19 games this year, recording 13 caused turnovers and scooping up 61 ground balls.
Junior Joseph Santangelo (Fallston, Md.) earns his first career All-Conference honor with a spot on the Second Team. Santangelo appeared in 15 games for the Cadets, starting two while scooping up 21 ground balls and causing seven turnovers on the season. The Cadets' second option on faceoffs, Santangelo went a solid 26-46 on the season.
Jack Dwyer (Shelburne, Vt.) earns his second All-Conference award after being named to the Second Team. One of the best faceoff specialists in Norwich lacrosse history, Dwyer went 247-379 on the season for a dominant 65% win rate. His 81 ground balls ranked fourth in the conference. With 635 career faceoff wins, Dwyer has over 100 more faceoff wins than any other player in Norwich history and his 60.5% career rate is the third-best mark all-time, as are his 205 career ground balls.
Finally, senior Matt Thresher (Somers, Conn.) was named as Norwich's representative to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Appearing in all 19 games, Thresher made 10 starts in the midfield for Norwich scoring two goals and scooping up 44 ground balls. The All-Sportsmanship Team was established by the GNAC to honor one student-athlete from each team in the conference for outstanding dedication to sportsmanship, fair play, and a positive attitude.
The Cadets wrapped up their 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record, including an 8-1 record within the GNAC. Norwich had their season ended in the GNAC Championship Game, as the Johnson & Wales Wildcats defeated Norwich by a 9-5 final score.