Norwich men's lacrosse advances to GNAC semifinals
NORTHFIELD, VT. – Sophomore midfielder Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) tallied a pair of goals less than six minutes to kick-start Norwich University to a 9-4 win over St. Joseph's College of Maine April 25.
The Cadets' midfielder was part of a 4-0 first quarter roll for the Maroon and Gold. NU (9-6) built the lead to 5-0 before the two sides split four goals to close the first half with Norwich holding a 6-2 lead.
St. Joseph's (8-10) managed to stay within striking distance in the second half. The Monks trailed just 7-3 heading into the fourth period, but Coach Neal Anderson's squad received goals from senior midfielder Patrick Sikora (Montpelier, Vt.) and junior long stick midfielder Steven Perry (Bay Shore, N.Y.) to open the lead back out to six in the waning moments.
Mendoza, moving just one goal shy of 30 for the season, and junior midfielder Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, N.Y.) each recorded two goals to lead the offense. Sophomore attacker Ian Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) topped the points' category with a goal and two assists.
Defensively, Norwich caused seven turnovers and scooped up 23 ground balls. Sikora picked up five ground balls, while sophomore midfielder Joey Ditommaso (Hubbard, Ohio) and junior defender Thomas Andrews (Hartland, Vt.) each caused two SJC turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) had another sparkling game in net with eight saves.
SJC was topped by senior attacker Jonathan Horgan's three goals. Freshman long stick midfielder Colby Main registered four ground balls picked up, and junior goalkeeper Christopher Driscoll ended with nine saves in net.
Norwich now advances to semifinal round play Friday, April 27. The fourth-seeded Cadets will face top-seeded Lasell in Boston, Mass., with the start time to be determined at Grellier Field on Lasell's campus.
GAME NOTES – Mendoza's two goals moved him five shy of 50 for his career. … Norwich is making its second successive trip to the GNAC semifinals. Lasell held off the Maroon and Gold 13-9 in the 2011 tourney.