NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University men’s lacrosse team scored 13 unanswered first-half goals to run away with a 19-4 victory over conference opponent Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon, on One Love Day at Norwich University.

Jack Anzalone kicked off the scoring with two goals within the first five minutes of game time, and the Cadets rolled from there. Seven different Cadets notched goals in the first half, with both Anzalone and Aidan Moulton picking up first-half hat tricks to lead Norwich to a 13-0 halftime lead. The Cadets took their foot off the gas in the second half as they emptied the bench and cruised to the 19-4 victory.

Thirty-eight Cadets saw the field and 12 different players showed up on the score sheet. Both Anzalone and Moulton added two assists to lead the team with five points on the day, and Cody Moore joined the hat-trick club with three goals of his own. Joseph Santangelo put on another show in the faceoff circle, going 10-11 and leading a Norwich faceoff unit that went 16-26 overall on the day.

Santangelo has only lost five faceoffs in the last three games, putting a blistering 89 percent (40-45) mark on the faceoff dot. Norwich outpaced the Falcons in just about every statistical category, including shots (56-16) and ground balls (47-9). Brandon Milburn posted a shutout in the first half before being relieved in the second half to pick up his third win of the season in net.

Norwich improves to 4-3 overall this season and a spotless 2-0 within the conference. The Cadets will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Anna Maria for another conference tilt at 6 p.m.

As part of One Love Day at Norwich University, both Norwich lacrosse teams hosted a 5K race prior to both lacrosse games.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Norwich 8, Rivier 7

Norwich 2, Rivier 1

NASHUA, N.H. — The Norwich University baseball team took on Rivier University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Cadets swept the Raiders in two close games, taking game one 8-7 and game two 2-1.

In game one, NU scored first in the bottom of the second inning as freshman right fielder Hayden Roberge reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring senior first baseman Jacob Barlow from third for a 1-0 lead.

The Cadets scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Senior center fielder Kevin Lynch started the offense outburst with a two-run single to right field that plated senior second baseman Mike Lesco and freshman catcher Connor McGee to make it 3-0.

Junior third baseman Brendon Profita followed with a two-run single of his own, scoring junior designated hitter Chris Dayos and Lynch to stretch the lead to 5-0. Sophomore shortstop Jacob Parizo then drew a bases loaded walk and Roberge was hit by a pitch to balloon the lead to 7-0.

In the fifth inning, Dayos delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Lynch to make it 8-0.

The Raiders rallied for five runs in the sixth and two in the seventh, but junior CJ Davis was able to shut the door for his first save of the year.

Freshman Tanner Raymond picked up his first collegiate win on the mound to improve to 1-3. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

In game two, the runs were at a premium as Profita opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI groundout that scored Lynch for a 1-0 lead. Profita scored on a fielding error in the sixth inning to make it 2-0.

The Raiders scored one run in the seventh but couldn’t find the second run for a 2-1 final.

Senior Jake Ryan was masterful on the mound, allowing just one run (unearned) on three hits and two walks in six innings of work. He struck out seven batters, setting a new career high, and improved to 1-3 on the season.

Davis collected his second save of the day (and of the season) allowing just one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two batters.

The Cadets improve to 4-10 overall and 2-2 in conference place while the Raiders fall to 3-15 and 0-4 in the GNAC. Norwich is next in action on Thursday at home, against Middlebury College. That game is currently scheduled for 4 p.m. at Garrity Field in Northfield.

MEN’S RUGBY

Norwich preps for

Northeast tourney

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The Norwich University men’s rugby team competed in its final tune-up before the Rugby Northeast 7s Tournament this past Saturday at the Iona 7s Tournament.

Norwich (8-4-3) went 1-2-1 at the tournament and placed fourth out of eight teams, falling 17-14 to Fordham University in the third-place match.

Junior Nathan Rolling led the Cadets with two tries on the day as Norwich had a balanced offense with eight different try scorers on the day. Conner Miller went 3-for-6 on conversions, while Austin Maney was 2-for-2 on conversions.

Norwich fell behind 12-0 to PQ All-Stars by halftime in its opening pool play match. But the Cadets responded with second-half tries from Miller and William Rambin to tie the match at 12-12. Miller also converted on his try to cut the lead to 12-7 before Rambin scored a try on the last play of the match.

Norwich fell behind 7-0 to Columbia in its second game of the day before rattling off 24 straight points to secure the 24-7 victory. Adam Schmitz, Michael Del Priore, Rolling and Manhey each scored tries in the comeback win.

The Cadets suffered a 31-5 loss to Iona in its final pool-play match, with Rolling scoring the lone try. Norwich finished second in its pool and was matched up Fordham in the third-place match. Fordham sprinted out to 17-0 halftime lead, but Norwich rallied with 14 points in the second half to pull within a score. Freshmen Rashawn Fraser and Kyle Clark each scored their first collegiate 7s tries. Manhey converted on both tries but it was too late to complete the comeback.

Norwich will return to action on April 13 with the 2019 Rugby Northeast 7s Tournament hosted by UMass Lowell. An automatic bid into the USA Rugby National 7s Tournament will be up for grabs.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Salem 4, Castleton 3

SALEM, Mass. — Jay Coletti’s go-ahead goal in the third period held up and the Salem Vikings held off Castleton 4-3 Little East lacrosse on Saturday.

The game was a statistical wash with Castleton winning shots (26-25) and shots on net (16-15). Salem’s Stephen Balcher had 13 saves to 11 for CU’s Brandon Myron.

Jason Sedell scored twice and Kyle Lutinski once for Castleton while Tyler Morris scored twice for 3-4 (overall), 1-1 Salem. Castleton is 2-7 and 0-2.

The Spartans will visit UMass-Boston on Wednesday.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Spartans split with Thoroughbreds

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Castleton scored seven times in the fifth inning and won Game 1 of a softball twinbill, 9-4 over Skidmore on Saturday.

The Thoroughbreds squared things up in the nightcap 3-0.

Two Thoroughbreds errors contributed to Castleton’s big inning in the opener when the Spartans grabbed a 7-2 lead. Only three of their nine runs were earned.

Kylie Wright hurled a route-going eight-hitter for the victory and got two hits and two RBIs from Miranda Fish and two RBIs and a hit from Kate Lapan.

Game 2 featured a splendid pitching duel between Castleton’s Olivia Bowen and Skidmore’s Hannah Davis. Each allowed three hits with the big difference home runs by Hannah Paolucci and Kaitlyn Judd.

Both pitchers threw tidy games, Davis walking one and fanning four and Bowen walking two and striking out three.

Fish collected another two hits, including a double, with Bowen singling for the 6-9 Spartans.

Skidmore is 8-9.

Castleton hosts a twinbill with Plymouth on Tuesday.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Castleton 18, Western Connecticut 12

Western Connecticut 16, Castleton 5

DANBURY, Conn. — Both teams slugged their way to a victory, Castleton winning 18-12 in the opener and WCS 16-5 in the nightcap.

The 7-7 Spartans have a twinbill at Coast Guard on Sunday.

MEN’S TENNIS

Rhode Island College 7, Castleton 2

Igor Almeida and Jared Wheeler had singles wins for the 2-5 Spartans, who will host UMass-Boston next Saturday.

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