WINTHROP, Mass. - Sophomore Nick Kandra (Crofton, Md.) of the Norwich University men's lacrosse team picked up his first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Goalie of the Week honor for his performances last week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.
Kandra started his week with a six-save performance against Anna Maria, picking up his first win of the season in the Cadets' 12-5 victory over the Amcats. He followed that up two days later with one of the best individual efforts by a Norwich goalie in recent memory. In the Cadets' 11-5 loss to conference rival Lasell on Saturday, Kandra made 27 saves on 38 shots against the explosive Lasell offense.
27 saves is far and away the most by a goalie in the last decade of Norwich lacrosse. The next closest mark came last season when current junior goalie Brandon Milburn (Bridgewater, N.J.) made 22 saves on 40 shots against Curry on March 24th. Norwich has only eclipsed 20 saves in a game two other times in the last decade.
Kandra now sits in first place in the GNAC in goals against and save percentage and ranks third with a 8.56 goals against average under the guidance of Norwich defensive coordinator and goalie coach Nick Fischer.
This marks the second Goalie of the Week award for Norwich men's lacrosse, as senior Ian Kriger (Burlington, Mass.) took home his fifth career honor during Week Three of the GNAC weekly award season earlier this season.
The Cadets will be back in action Tuesday night when they host the Raiders of Rivier University at 7:00 PM for another GNAC showdown on Sabine Field.