NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Senior Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) netted a hat-trick to lead the Norwich University men's lacrosse team to a 10-5 win against the Mustangs of Mount Ida College on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
With the win, the Cadets improve to 4-9 overall and 4-3 in GNAC play, while the loss drops the Mustangs to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in league play.
In addition to Mendoza, the Cadets saw two goals from junior Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.). Senior Zachary McMillan (Brunkswick, Maine) and sophomore Connor Roberts (St. Albans, Vt.) both tallied a goal and an assist, while senior Ian Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomores Matt Flaherty (Portland, Maine) and Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Mass.) all netted single goals.
The Mustangs were led by sophomore Mark Markevich (Westminster, Mass.) with a team-best two goals. Freshmen Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.), Ryan Trinque (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) also scored for Mount Ida.
The Cadets started the game strong, as Fuller netted back-to-back goals at the 10:31 and 4:09 marks of the first quarter to take an early 2-0 lead. A man-up goal by Mendoza with 3:00 on the clock gave the Cadets a 3-0 lead, but the Mustangs would not be shutout in the first period, as Berry scored an unassisted goal with 1:24 to play.
Scoring slowed in the second quarter, as Norwich's McCarthy netted the only goal of the frame on a man-up situation with 3:31 to play in the half.
After over 10 minutes of scoreless play in the second half, Mount Ida's Trinque netted the first goal of the half to cut Norwich's lead to 4-2. The Cadets would not let the Mustangs get any closer though, as Thomas, Roberts, and Flaherty scored three straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to put the Cadets up 7-2.
Mount Ida's Davis and Markevich responded with back-to-back goals at the 9:15 and the 7:14 marks of the fourth quarter, but Norwich outscored the Mustangs 3-1 in the final seven minutes of the game en route to the 10-5 final.
Norwich goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) totaled 12 saves in the win, while Mount Ida netminder Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) also reached double-figures with 11 saves. Paradiso also recorded a game-high six ground balls.
Norwich face-off specialists Andrew Bracy (Carthage, N.Y.) and Brett Sewing (Brattleboro, Vt.) combined to win 13 of 17 face-offs on the afternoon. Norwich defender Peter Troiano (Winchester, Mass.) totaled game-high three caused turnovers.
The Cadets return to action on Monday, April 14 when they travel to Daniel Webster for a 4:00 p.m. GNAC game. Norwich will host Anna Maria College on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.