The Albertus Magnus men's lacrosse team fell to Norwich University 10-4 in the Falcons' 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener. Mike Choiniere (Bethany, Conn.) led the Falcons with two goals on six total shots, while Greg Buck (Berlin, Conn.) finished the contest with one goal and two assists.
Less than a minute into the contest, Choiniere put the Falcons (0-3, 0-1 GNAC) on top 1-0 on his ninth goal of the season.
Norwich (2-1, 2-0 GNAC) answered with three consecutive goals by three different players to take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.
Norwich would score four more unanswered goals in the second quarter to go into the halftime break with a 7-1 lead. Seth Fuller tallied a hat trick in the second quarter alone to finish the contest with five goals and one assist.
The Cadets led 9-1 in the third before Choiniere scored his second goal of the day during the start of the fourth, which was also his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Five minutes later, Norwich scored its final goal of the contest on a shot from freshman Nick Imbriani.
The Falcons were able to score twice more before time ran out as Buck netted his third goal of the season. Freshman Paul Mirmina (Milford, Conn.) connected for his second goal of the season on a man-up goal late in the quarter.
Norwich held the advantage in ground balls at 46-30 and shots at 48-19 as the Cadets won 12 of the 18 faceoff attempts.
Jack Kerner (Merrick, N.Y.) tallied 15 saves on the afternoon in net for the Falcons, while the Cadets' Chris Gersh earned the win to improve to 2-0 as he made one save in 30 minutes of work. Ryan Feteau played the final 30 minutes and allowed three goals.
Albertus will play in its home opener on Tuesday, March 17 in a 3:30 p.m. non-league match-up against the United States Coast Guard Academy.