NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 15-5 victory over Norwich Saturday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the win the Bears snap a two game losing streak and improve to 3-2 while the Cadets fall to 0-4.
Coast Guard was led by sophomore Benner Geurtsen who had a game high five points with two goals and three assists. Freshman Riley McNulty had four points on the day with three goals and an assists. McNulty and Geurtsen are tied for third in the NEWMAC with eight assists while McNulty is fifth with 18 points on the year.
Sophomore Jack Pope scored three goals giving him 12 on the year and moving him into a tie for third in the Conference.
Junior Josh Jenkins led Norwich with two goals while junior Ian Kennedy, sophomore Cody Moore and freshman Connor Bourque each had a goal.
The Bears ran out to an early 4-0 lead highlighted by freshman Justin Edwards first collegiate goal with 11:22 to go in the opening period. Geurtsen assisted on the first two goals of the game.
The Cadets got one back late in the first quarter as Jenkins netted a goal with seven second to go in the period.
Coast Guard kept the lead at three in the throughout the second quarter finishing the first half with a 7-4 lead.
The Bears took any doubt of the result away in the second half outscoring Norwich 8-2 wrapping up their third win of the season.
Sophomore Trey Johnson (3-2) got the start making five saves on ten shots faced allowing five goals. Freshman Charles McCallister and sophomore Connor Hoehle finished up the game, combining for one save and allowing zero goals. Johnson is currently fourth in the NEWMAC in goals against average (7.78) and third in saves (42).
Sophomore Ian Kriger (0-3) made 11 saves on 26 shots faced allowing 15 goals.
Sophomore Colin Cashin was once again rock solid in the face off circle winning 16 with 11 ground balls. Cashin is second in the NEWMAC with 67 won face offs and first with 42 ground balls. As of March 17th, Cashin was 29th in the country in face off win percentage and 25th in ground balls per game.
Another strong effort from the Bears defense as they had nine different players record a caused turnovers.
Coast Guard is back in action on March 22nd, when they host Maritime (N.Y.). Opening face is 7:00.