Freshman Staige Davis, of Shelburne, scored for Norwich only 1:42 into the contest, crashing the right side of the goal after a Lozito corner kick rebounded off the left post and spilled out in front of the goal.
Senior captain Lozito, of Wilmington, continued his strong play in the first game of his final season at Norwich.
“Colin has been a great leader for our team with his work ethic and lead-by-example attitude,” coach Adam Pfeifer said. “He’s always moving, with or without the ball, and has established himself as one of the better midfielders in the league.”
Later in the first half, senior Camilo Estrada, of Pawtucket, RI, collected a through ball from sophomore Carlos Guerra, of Mission, TX, and sprinted past the Southern Vermont back line to double the hosts’ advantage.
Junior Brendan Germano, of Monroe Township, NJ, earned the win for the Cadets, halting the lone shot on goal that he faced. Norwich outshot the Mountaineers by a 24-to-3 margin, taking all 17 of the game’s corner kicks. Estrada put three of his team’s eight shots on goal.
Southern Vermont’s Dylan Berg, of Tampa, FL, made five saves on seven shots, drawing the loss in the freshman’s first game between the pipes.
With a victory in the season opener, Norwich moved to 1-0 on the year while Southern Vermont was saddled with its first loss of the year. The Cadets own a commanding 28-2 lead in the all-time series over the Mountaineers, having won the last 24 meetings between both programs.
In 2016, Lozito scored two goals and notched a team-leading six assists for 10 points en route to earning Great Northeast Athletic Conference first team All-Conference honors. The Norwich University men’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last month.
Norwich is coming off a 12-4-4 record in 2016, which saw the team make its fourth GNAC championship game appearance in the last six years. The Cadets battled Saint Joseph’s (Maine) to a scoreless 110-minute draw before the Monks downed NU 4-2 in penalty kicks to claim the title. NU finished the 2016 season on a 10-game unbeaten streak with an 8-0-2 record.