NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University men’s lacrosse team put on a show Saturday, earning a 19-10 victory over Emmanuel to celebrate Senior Day.
The Saints struck first in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference battle. Matt Katon’s unassisted goal 1:30 into play made it 1-0. Norwich’s offense took over after that, piecing together a 7-2 run to end the quarter. The Cadets carried a 7-3 lead into the second period, but Emmanuel struck again to keep things close. Once again Norwich responded quickly, using a 6-1 run to take a 13-5 lead into halftime. It was all Norwich from that point forward, wit Emmanuel never pulling back to within striking distance.
Just over five minutes into the second quarter senior Cody Moore scored his third goal of the day, becoming the fifth athlete in program history to eclipse the 100-goal mark. He joins Scott McCarthy (1997), Nick Bishop (2003), Ian Mendoza (2014) and Josh Jenkins (2018). Moore’s 142 career points rank seventh in Norwich history.
Senior Joseph Santangelo put on a show of his own, tying former teammate Jack Dwyer for Norwich’s single-game face-off record. Santangelo went 25 for 27 on face-offs, scored twice and won 13 ground balls.
Other standouts for the Cadets included Aidan Moulton (four goals, one assist), Kevin Horchak (three goals, two assists) and John Jennings (one goal, three assists). All three of the Cadets’ goaltenders saw time in net, combining for three saves. Nick Kandra picked up the victory to improve to 4-2.
Before the game Norwich honored its eight graduating seniors. Ian Kriger, Aidan Moulton, William Conroy, Jake Giannelli, John Brown, Jacob Center, Santangelo and Moore all made their final regular-season appearance at Sabine Field for NU.
The final outcome also served as coach Neal Anderson’s 100th career victory at Norwich. Already the winningest coach in the program’s history, he's the first NU lacrosse coach to reach 100 wins.
Norwich improves to 9-4 overall and 6-1 within the conference. The Cadets will travel to play Saint Joseph’s of Maine on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a pivotal GNAC contest. The Monks and Cadets will battle for the No. 2 seed in the conference during their final game of the regular season.