PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—Senior Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) totaled three points in the Norwich University men's lacrosse season opener, which finished in a 17-3 non-conference loss to the Cardinals of Plattsburgh State University on Saturday afternoon at Plattsburgh's Field House Complex.
Mendoza scored Norwich's first and third goals of the day, and assisted on the Cadets' second goal, scored by sophomore Connor Roberts (St. Albans, Vt.). Sophomore Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Mass.) also registered an assist on the afternoon.
Plattsburgh's Tim Lawrence totaled seven points on four goals and three assists. Josh Oliver also netted four goals, while Anthony Pafundi and James Higgins both netted two goals apiece.
Plattsburgh needed just 1:50 to get on the board, as Tom Monahan tallied the first goal of 2014 on an assist by Higgins. The Cardinals would score twice more before Norwich would get on the board with Mendoza's first goa ath the 9:56 mark of the first quarter. Plattsburgh used the final 24:48 of the first half to score seven straight goals to hold a 10-1 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals added two more tallies in the third quarter before Mendoza fed Roberts for the Cadets' second goal of the at the 7:25 mark of the frame. The Cardinals then went on a 5-0 run, but the Cadets got the last word as Mendoza scored an unassisted goal with 2:19 left in the game.
Junior Ryan Fecteau (Danvers, Mass.) took the loss in net for the Cadets and registered four saves in 30:53 of action. He was relieved by freshman Chris Gersh (Hudson, N.H.) who made seven saves in the final 29:07 of action.
Four different goaltenders saw action for the Cardinals, but the win ultimately went to Andrew Hauk, who made six saves in just over 44 minutes of action. Erik Howard, Matt Massaria, and Joe Mantovani also saw minutes and combined for three saves.
Senior Brett Sewing (Brattleboro, Vt.) finished 5-of-8 on face-offs, while Joe Eiseman won eight of 11 for Plattsburgh.
The Cadets will be back in action next week, when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference matchup.