Norwich University Cadets
The Norwich University Cadets finished the 2012 season at 11-7 and made it to the championship game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament. Unfortunately, they lost to Mt. Ida, 7-4. Heading into the 2013 season Norwich expects to field a talented roster. Leading the Cadets this spring will be Head Coach Neal Anderson, who is entering his fifth year season. According to Coach Anderson, “this group is capable of playing some very good lacrosse and we feel we can compete with every team on our schedule.”
Coach Anderson will be looking to the following Cadets to lead his team this spring: Ian Mendoza, Nathan Fortezzo, Thomas Andrews and Mark Paradiso.
Ian Mendoza is a junior attackman/midfielder. Mendoza finished 2012 with 36 goals and two assists. His point totals were good for tops on the team. Mendoza was also an all-GNAC selection in 2012.
Nathan Fortezzo is a senior face-off midfielder. Fortezzo had three goals and one assist to go along with a face-off percentage of .694 and 54 groundballs. He was an all-GNAC selection in 2012 as well as a pre-season 2012 All-American Honorable Mention.
Thomas Andrews is a senior defenseman. Andrews had 20 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers in 2012. According to Coach Anderson, “he has been the team’s most consistent cover man, holding opponents’ top scorers below their averages each time last season.”
Mark Paradiso is a junior goaltender. Paradiso had a 5.44 goals against average, 99 saves and a .664 save percentage in 2012. His stellar play in the GNAC tournament made him an all-tournament selection this past spring.
This being Coach Anderson’s fifth season at the helm, he has built the program from the ground up. The Cadets are now seeing his hard work pay off for them. He also credits his team’s youth, speed and athleticism, which pushed them to the league championship in 2012. The experience the Cadets have gained over the past two seasons will hopefully lead them to the promise land in 2013.
In the GNAC, according to Coach Anderson, his Cadets are the favorite. His team returns almost the complete roster from last year’s league finalist performance. He goes on to say, “we let two games against league champions Mt. Ida get away from us.” He says the dark-horse in the GNAC this season is Lasell College. The Lasers went undefeated in league play, but lost to Norwich in a close game in the GNAC semi-finals in 2012. A player that NE Lax Blog will keep an eye on in 2013 is Mt.Ida’s Nick Yacuzzi. Yacuzzi is a senior midfielder who had a strong 2012 season. Coach Anderson says, “With some strong returning attackers on the Mt. Ida roster, other teams might be slow to help Nick’s defenders. He is the type of player who will capitalize on 1 v 1’s.”