Saturday, April 6, 2013 (Newton, Massachusetts)- The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team suffered their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) defeat of the season to the visiting Cadets of Norwich University on Saturday afternoon by a score of 9-6. With the setback, the Mustangs drop to (5-7, 4-1 GNAC) while Norwich takes sole possession of first place in the GNAC, improving to (5-3, 5-0 GNAC).
Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, MD) got the visitors on the board first on an assist from Andrew Dustin (Canterbury, NH) just 4:56 into the first quarter, giving the Cadets an early 1-0 advantage. The Mustangs would retaliate quickly with three straight goals by JT Hoyt (Westfield, MA/Westfield), Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) and Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John's Shrewsbury), all while taking the lead right back at 3-1 after one quarter of play.
Norwich would cut into the lead on Mendoza's second score of the day at the 10:37 mark of the second quarter, making the score 3-2 in favor of the Mustangs. Hoyt and Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers) would score back to back goals before the half, giving the Mustangs some cushion at 5-2.
Trailing at the half by three goals, the Cadets would come out of the break scorching, while scoring the only six goals of the third quarter on tallies by Seth Fuller (Wheaton, IL), Zachary MacMillan (Brunswick, ME), Fuller's second score, Mendoza's third, Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, NY) and MacMillan's second tally on the afternoon, while overcoming the three score deficit and taking the lead at 8-5 after three quarters of play.
Mount Ida opened the fourth quarter on Yacuzzi's second score of the game, while still chasing the visitors by a score of 8-6. Josh Menge (Hagaman, NY) would put the game out of reach with just 1:54 remaining in the contest and giving Norwich the GNAC victory by a final score of 9-6.
The Mustangs were led offensively on the afternoon by four players. Yacuzzi and Hoyt finished the afternoon with two goals apiece while Hoyt also added an assist. Trocchi added one score with two assists, and Pichel would add a goal and an assist in the loss.
Junior keeper Craig Bray (New Canaan, CT/Vermont Academy) played the entirety of the game in goal for the Mustangs making fifteen saves on twenty-four shots while junior netminder Mark Paradiso (Westford, MA) saw all sixty minutes in for the Cadets making eleven saves on seventeen shots.
The Mustangs will get back to work on Wednesday night when they host the Saints of Emmanuel College under the lights at 6:30 p.m. on Alumni Field. Norwich will travel to conference foe Emerson College for a 6:00 p.m. game time.