Norwich University kicked off the 2013 season on Tuesday by welcoming 60 newcomers to the program. Among the Norwich Class of 2017 is Brandon Lambert, a 2013 graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School. Lambert will major in civil engineering at Norwich.

"I can't wait for this freshman class to get into the swing of things here in Northfield," said head coach Mark Murnyack. "The coaching staff worked extremely hard recruiting these student-athletes, who represent 16 states and one foreign country."

Murnyack returns for his third season at the helm of the Cadets squad. Boasting a 14-7 record through his first two seasons, Murnyack is poised to lead the team to another winning season in 2013.

"The incoming student-athletes know what the expectations are at Norwich," added Murnyack. "They have accepted the challenge, and how quickly they get on board will be critical to our success this season. I expect that they will be ready to work, compete and develop. The staff is looking forward to teaching and mentoring these athletes on a daily basis."

Lambert joins a football squad that posted a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action last season. Following the regular season, the Cadets earned a post season bid to the 2012 ECFC Northeast Bowl held at Endicott University.

Two years removed from the program's first-ever NCAA appearance, the Cadets will call an artificial playing surface home for the first time in the program's 120-year history, as the remarkable Sabine Field underwent a $6 million renovation over the summer.