Miguel Taveras – 1851 Staff
The Fourth seeded Cadets of Norwich University escaped with a win over top-seeded Lasell in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semi-final at Nickerson Field on the Boston University Campus.
Lasell Controlled most of the possession in a first half that saw eight shots by the Lasers with only one on goal compared to the five on goal by the Cadets. The half ended 0-0.
The game’s first goal game came just three minutes into the half. Greg Campbell scored on a ball that fell to him inside the box after being punched away by Lasell goalkeeper Miguel Colmennares. Campbell did not hesitate, putting the ball in the back of the net.
Garrett Shufelt chipped in the games second goal just outside the eighteen-yard box when a ball got away from the Lasell back line. Colmennares played the ball, leaving an open net for a slow rolling chip shot to put Norwich up 2-0.
Lasell’s second half attacking was surely impressive. With a two nil lead entering the final 20 plus minutes of the game Norwich hung back and let the Lasers come to them. In the 72nd minute the Lasers got their first score of the game. Senior Forward Brennan Adams attacked the left flank, bypassing his defender and leading a short cross to the front of the goal for Senior Forward Kyle Cronin to get the lead down to one.
“We attacked them all second half, and had some real chances to tie up the game. We were getting good pressure and really just ran out of time,” said senior midfielder Isaac Soares.
The Lasers finished up the season at 15-4, with Norwich improving to 11-5-2. Lasell will continue play in the ECAC tournament in the coming weeks. Norwich will travel to Albertus Magnus for the GNAC championship game on November 3rd.