Norwich Routs Norwich in GNAC Action

NORTHFIELD, Vt. Resuming its hot play of late, Norwich University posted seven first period goals en route to a 17-1 win over Norwich College of Boston, Mass., in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action April 4.

The Cadets, moving to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the GNAC, bombarded the Lions' defense with 20 shot attempts in the frame compared to their guests one. The sophomore duo of attacker Ian Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) and midfielder Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) combined for five of the early scores. Thomas, as part of a four-goal game, delivered a hat trick over the final 3:48 of the first stanza.

Norwich increased its' shots edge to 39-2 at halftime and added two more goals for a 9-1 lead. Coach Neal Anderson's crew continued to pressure Emerson's defense in the second half with eight goals and a 23-2 shots advantage.

Thomas' four goals led the Maroon and Gold, while freshman midfielder Conor Murphy (Westwood, Mass.) came off the bench to register three of his own. Mendoza was one of three with two goals joining freshman attacker Seth Fuller (Wheaton, Ill.) and sophomore midfielder William Flanagan (Oxford, N.Y.). Fuller, concluding a four-point night which tied Thomas for the team's best in the category, added two assists. Junior midfielder Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, N.Y.) wound up with 10 shot attempts, while sophomore midfielder Zach McMillan (Brunswick, Me.) recovered three ground balls.

Emerson, dipping to 0-4 overall and in league play, was keyed by sophomore midfielder/attacker Max Smith's goal late in the first half.

Norwich puts its four-game overall and three-game league win streak on the line Saturday, April 7, when they visit Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff.

Notes The four-game skein is the longest for the program since the 2011 squad rolled up five straight midway through the year. ... Senior goalkeeper Nate Proctor (Pleasanton, Calif.) saw his season goals-against average drop even further. Allowing just the one Emerson score late in the second period, the reigning GNAC goalkeeper of the week has surrendered only four goals in the last 90 minutes. Starting the year with a 16.00 GAA, he is now down to 8.34.


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