Women’s Lacrosse: Cadets down Univ. of St. Joseph 14-12 for first win of 2013
WEST HARTORD, Conn. - Junior midfielder Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) scored four goals to lead the Norwich University women's lacrosse team to a 14-12 victory over the Univ. of St. Joseph (Conn.) for its first win of the 2013 season in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Monday.
Freshman Larissa Gokey (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) broke a 12-12 tie with the eventual game-winning goal off a free position shot with 11:16 left in the second half to give the Cadets (1-4, 1-2 GNAC) the lead for good. Sophomore Emma Smith (Patterson, N.Y.) tallied her first career hat trick and also added the insurance tally for Norwich with 58 seconds left to cap the scoring.
Norwich struck early and often with freshman Chandler Camlin (Stamford, Conn.) getting the Cadets on the board just 35 seconds into the game to ignite a run of six straight NU goals to open the game. Sophomore Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) scored twice, while Gokey, Smith and Gina Conroy (Amherst, N.H.) each added tallies as well to stake the Cadets to the early lead.
Univ. of St. Joseph (2-5, 1-4 GNAC) finally got on the board at the 17:40 mark of the first half with Erika Leitao tallying her first of three goals on the game. Dayna Gambino and Leitao cut the NU lead to 6-3 before Fitzpatrick took over with three of the next four Norwich goals to give the Cadets a 10-4 lead heading into halftime.
Conroy kicked off the second half scoring just 10 seconds into the frame to put NU up 11-4. However, USJ came storming back with the next seven goals to tie the game up at 11 with 17:24 left in the game. Rachel Foster tallied a hat trick and Haley Tufano added two more goals for the Blue Jays during the comeback.
Fitzpatrick briefly gave NU the lead again at the 14:17 mark before Gambino tied the game back up at 12 just 44 seconds later.
Freshman Cheyenne Mata-Notel (East Hampton, N.Y.) made 11 saves for Norwich to pick up the first win of her collegiate career.
Norwich outshot Univ. of St. Joseph 33-28 and won the draw control battle 16-12. Norwich was 7-for-10 on clears while the Blue Jays 3-for-6. Both teams were 50 percent on free position shots with NU converting on 4-of-8, while USJ was 2-for-4.
Univ. of St. Joseph beat Norwich 21-20 in ground balls and the Blue Jays had 17 turnovers to Norwich's 15.
Norwich will look to continue its winning ways on Wednesday when it faces Emmanuel (Mass.) at 4 p.m. in another GNAC tilt.