Women’s Hockey: Norwich charges past Suffolk, 5-0

Sophie McGovern women's hockey action vs. Southern maine

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior forward Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) scored two goals to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Suffolk University on Friday night in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Kreitzberg Arena. 

Classmate Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) had a goal and two assists, while Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) and Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador) each had two assists to round out the Norwich offensive leaders on the night. 

Sophomore goalie Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.) stopped all 23 shots she faced to pick up her third shutout in the last four games in goal. 

Norwich (9-2-0, 8-0-0 NEHC) took a 1-0 lead at the 6:26 mark of the first period when sophomore Nicole Lorenzo (Coral Springs, Fla.) scored her second goal of the season off an assist from Brynn Wopperer (Amherst, N.Y.). 

Wopperer won a faceoff forward that Lorenzo was first to scoop up and carry out of the zone. She skated up the right wing and fired a wrist shot under the pad of Suffolk goalie Kristen Caporusso to give the Cadets all the offense they would need as they stretched their winning streak to seven straight. 

Norwich was lethal on the power play all night, converting three times on four chances to stretch its lead out as the game wore on. 

McGovern was the first to capitalize with the player advantage at the 18:19 mark of the first period with her fifth goal of the season off assists from Hulst and Foley.

McGovern scored again at the 11:17 mark of the second period, stuffing a rebound inside the post off assists from Hulst and Conway.   

Sophomore KC Herne (Akwesasne, N.Y.) scored her first goal of the season at the 6:20 mark of the third period on a rebound after Caporusso made two saves on shots by Morgan Tefft (Redwood City, Calif.) and Jessica Piracini (Arlington, Mass.) who picked up assists on the goal.   

Hulst capped the scoring at the 15:51 mark of the third period with another power play goal off assists from Foley and Conway. Hulst redirected a shot by Foley from the point perfectly past Caporusso for her fourth goal of the season. 

Caporusso finished with 36 saves for Suffolk to fall to 7-4-1 on the year. Lambert improved to 5-1-0 on the year, lowering her goals against average to 0.67 and upping her save percentage to .969 to rank in the top-10 nationally in both categories. 

Norwich will look to finish off the first half of the season with another win on Saturday when it hosts UMass Boston at 3 p.m. in a rematch of the 2018 NEHC Championship game.