Saturday, April 27, 2013 (Northfield, VT)- The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team fell in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship game on Saturday afternoon to the Cadets of Norwich University by a final score of 9-7. With the loss, Mount Ida finishes the season with a final record of (11-8) while Norwich advances to the NCAA Tournament with a (12-3) record.
Norwich junior midfielder Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, MD) got the Cadets on the board first on an unassisted tally at the 8:14 mark in the first quarter. Seconds later Nate Fortezzo (Branford, CT) made it 2-0 in favor of the hosts off an assist from Seth Fuller (Wheaton, IL). Senior Mustang midfielder Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John's-Shrewsbury) cut the Norwich lead in half with his first goal of the game off the stick of Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton). Fuller would add his first goal of the game at the 1:13 mark, giving the Cadets a 3-1 edge at the end of the first.
The Cadets would increase the lead to 4-1 when Ian Thomas (Barrington, RI) recorded his first tally off an assist by Timothy Seibert (Ephrata, PA), before Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers) once again cut the hosts lead in half at 4-2. The remaining minutes of the half would go scoreless as Norwich would hold a slim lead at the break, 4-2.
Mount Ida came out of halftime scoring the only two goals of the third quarter while tying the game at 4-4 on goals by Michael Markevich (Westminster, MA/Oakmont) and Pichel. Pichel would assist Markevich's goal while Trocchi would add the assist on Pichel's marker.
Heading into the fourth quarter all knotted up at 4-4, Norwich would retake the lead on an unassisted goal by Arron Canarelli (New Hartford, NY) giving the Cadets a 5-4 lead. Markevich would tie the game again on a Trocchi assist giving the Mustangs some momentum. Norwich would take command when they rattled off three straight goals by Josh Menge (Hagaman, NY), a man up goal by Fuller and Thomas, all while taking an 8-5 lead. Pichel would make things interesting and record his second goal of the game at the 5:21 mark of the fourth, before Yacuzzi would make it a one goal game at 8-7 with just 3:26 remaining in the title game. Thomas would notch his third goal of the game at the1:20 mark, good for a hat trick, while giving the Cadets a 9-7 lead. The remaining time would run out and the Cadets would take home their first ever GNAC Championship.
Craig Bray (New Canaan, CT/Vermont Academy) would see the entire game in net for the Mustangs while making 17 saves on 26 shots. Mark Paradiso (Westford, MA) played the whole game in goal for the hosts, while posting 10 saves on 17 shots.
Norwich will square off against Castleton State College on Monday, April 29, at 4:00 PM and will await the announcement on who they will take on in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.