New Haven, Conn. – Junior goalkeeper John Brunetti (West Haven, Conn.) of the Albertus Magnus College men's lacrosse team set a new school record in saves with 30, but the Falcons fell at home to Norwich University, 18-3, on Saturday afternoon in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference showdown at Celentano Field.
FINAL SCORE: Norwich 18 | Albertus Magnus 3
RECORDS: Norwich (6-5, 3-1) | Albertus Magnus (2-6, 0-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Norwich came out of the gate hot scoring three unanswered goals to take the early lead until back-to-back goals from junior James May (Branford, Conn.) cut the Cadets' lead to one, 3-2, with 4:06 left in the first. However, Norwich would score a pair of goals with less than five seconds left on the clock to take a four-goal advantage, 6-2.
Over the next two quarters, Albertus Magnus saw the Cadets' lead grow to 13, 15-2, after being outscored 9-0. Senior Jack Kerner (Merrick, N.Y.) would break the Falcons' silence at the 14:41 mark, in the fourth, to bring the score to 15-3, but Norwich sealed to the road win, 18-3, after closing out regulation with a 3-0 scoring run.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus Magnus – John Brunetti (L, 0-1): 18 Goals-Against | 30 Saves | 48 Shots
- Norwich – Brandon Milburn (W, 2-1): 2 Goals-Against | 3 Saves | 4 Shots
- Norwich – Nick Kandra: 1 Goals-Against | 3 Saves | 4 Shots
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Senior Niko Ames (Sunderland, Mass.) finished out the game with a team-high eight ground balls, a caused turnover and an assist.
- Senior Kevin Henninger (Wallingford, Conn.) led the Falcons' defensive unit with a game-high four caused turnovers as well as collected three ground balls.
- Along with his two goals, May also recorded an assist.
- Payden Masaracchia paced the Cadets' offense with five points, four goals and an assist, while Josh Jenkins tallied four points, two goals and two assists.
- Albertus Magnus finished the game 21-for-32 in clears and 9-of-24 in face-offs.
- Norwich was 15-of-24 in face-offs and 36-for-38 in clear attempts.
- Two of the Cadets' 13 goals were on man-up opportunities.
- The Cadets outshot the hosts 76-14 and won the ground ball battle, 62-31.
- Both teams had two face-off violations each.
- Freshman Tyler Sicoli (Shoreham, N.Y.) posted a season-high seven ground balls as well as recorded an assist and a caused turnover.
Albertus Magnus returns to the field next week against Lyndon State, Johnson & Wales and Saint Joseph's of Maine. Next up for the Cadets is Lasell and Mount Ida.