NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The sixth-seeded Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team had its quest for back-to-back GNAC championships thwarted with a 15-13 loss on the road to the second seed Cadets of Norwich University on Tuesday. Four fourth quarter goals brought the Wildcats within one goal, but the Cadets scored with seven seconds left to close it out.
Johnson & Wales: 5-14
After surrendering the opening goal three minutes into the contest, senior Erik Lindaas tallied the first of his five goals to tie the game. Lindaas scored a goal to end the period on a helper from fellow senior Ben Farrell to cut the Norwich lead to 5-3.
A low-scoring second period saw Brad Kretz find the back of the net with only three seconds remaining before halftime to cut the Cadets' margin to 7-4.
JWU came out of the locker room and scored three-straight goals to tie the game at 7-7. Matt Gelb assisted and scored the last two
An 11-goal fourth quarter made for an exciting finish. A man-up goal from Farrell with five minutes left started a four-goal run that brought Wildcats within a goal. Thomas Lyons tallied his second goal in a row with 2:29 remaining, but Parker Campbell scored with seven seconds left to end any chance of a Wildcat comeback.
The Cadets outshot the Wildcats, 43-31, while posting a 37-24 advantage in ground balls.
Head coach Nick Coppola will need to replace four of his top five scorers, but does have the GNAC's top rookie scorer in Gelb along with goalkeeper Bradley Morris back for 2020