Women's Lacrosse: Fitzpatrick and Conroy lead Norwich to 15-7 win against NEC

Women's Lacrosse: Fitzpatrick and Conroy lead Norwich to 15-7 win against NEC

HENNIKER, N.H.—Junior midfielder Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) scored a game-high six goals and dished out two assists to lead the Norwich University women's lacrosse team to a 15-7 win against the Pilgrims of New England College on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at NEC's Melander Field.

With the win, the Cadets of Norwich improve to 2-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 3-7 overall.

In addition to Fitzpatrick, the Cadets received five goals and three assists from sophomore Gina Conroy (Amherst, N.H.)Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) scored twice for Norwich, while Meghan Grenier (Voluntown, Conn.) and Larissa Gokey (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) all netted a goal apiece.

NEC was led offensively by Sarah Merrill with two goals.  Eleni Hatsis and Meredith Merce both added a goal and an assist, while three other players netted single goals.

Norwich saw goals by Gokey and Royce in the first two minutes of the game to take an early 2-0 lead before NEC's Alexa Tardif and Merrill scored at the 27:44 and 26:03 marks to even the score at 2-2. Scoring went silent for the next seven minutes until Norwich's Royce scored an unassisted goal with 19:29 left to play.  The Cadets would not hold the lead for long, as NEC's Merce evened the score at 3-3 less than a minute later on an assist by Gabriella Bigos.

The Cadets took control from there as Fitzpatrick netted back-to-back goals to take the 5-3 lead. Following an NEC goal by Jacalyn Kennedy with 13:48 left to play, Norwich ended the half with two goals apiece from Fitzpatrick and Conroy to give the Cadets a 9-4 advantage at halftime.

 NEC was able to tally the first goal of the second half as Hatsis netted a pass from Elizabeth Bois () 17 seconds after the opening draw, but Norwich outscored the Pilgrims 6-2 the rest of the way en route to their first non-conference win of the season.

Pilgrims goaltender Rebecca Harvey recorded nine saves in net for NEC. Norwich goaltender Cheyenne Mata-Notel (East Hampton, N.Y.) registered 10 saves in the win.

Norwich outshot NEC 34-38 on the afternoon, while the Pilgrims held a slight 21-19 advantage in ground balls.  Both teams recorded 12 draw controls.  NEC finished 12-16 on clear attempts, while Norwich finished 18-25.

NEC returns to action on Monday as it hosts Fitchburg State College at 4:00 p.m. The Cadets are idle until Wednesday when they host Mt. Ida College at 4:00 p.m.