Men's Lacrosse: Three Players Tab GNAC All-Conference Honors

Men's Lacrosse: Three Players Tab GNAC All-Conference Honors


BOSTON—Three members of the Norwich University men's lacrosse team earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference honors, led by First Team selection Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.). Teammates Andrew Bracy (Carthage, N.Y.) and Peter Troiano (Winchester, Mass.) were named to the Second Team.

Mendoza, a senior attackman, repeats as a GNAC First Team selection after also receiving the honor in 2012. Mendoza finished the season with a team-high 33 goals. He finished the season with a team-best five man-up goals, and was the only member of the Norwich squad to net a man-down goal in 2014.

Mendoza graduates after a successful career that saw him finish fifth on the all-time points leaderboard with 144 (124 goals, 20 assists). His 124 career goals rank him second all-time in scoring.

Juniors Bracy and Troiano both earn the postseason honors for the first time. Bracy, a face-off specialist, won 114 face-offs in 190 tries, good for a .600 win percentage. In conference play, Bracy's winning percentage jumped up to nearly 70 percent. Bracy also added a team second-best 46 ground balls on the season.

Troiano paced a Norwich defense that allowed less than 10 goals per game and caused 141 turnovers. He had a team-best 21 caused turnovers and led the Norwich defenders with 28 ground balls.

Norwich senior Austin Greene (Hanover, Mass.) was named to the league's All-Sportsmanship team, while Mendoza and senior goaltender Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) were recognized as All-Tournament selections.

The Cadets (8-10, 7-3 GNAC) advanced to the GNAC Semifinals last week following a quarterfinal win against No. 5 Mount Ida. The fourth-seeded Cadets traveled to top-seeded Emmanuel for the semifinal and suffered an 11-2 loss. The Saints moved on to win their first-ever league championship title on Saturday.