NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team is known for its offense, but it was the defense that delivered the first GNAC Championship in program history. The Wildcats went on the road to defeat the top seed Norwich, 9-5, on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 9-11
Johnson & Wales now waits to find out who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is Sunday at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
The Wildcats won their first conference title in only the program's fifth year of existence. Head coach Nick Coppola started the program in 2014 with a team that went 4-13.
JWU outscored the Cadets, 4-2, in the second half. Goalkeeper Bradley Morris – who was named Tournament MVP – made 12 of his 16 saves in the final 30 minutes.
Norwich responded with three goals of its own, but Bred Kretz and Thomas Lyons tallied goals to send JWU into the half up 5-3.
Kretz scored the only goal of the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 6-3 advantage. Farrell, Russo and Sears all found the back of the net in the fourth quarter to push the JWU lead to 9-3 with 5:08 to play.