Women's Lacrosse: Late Run Propels No. 2 St. Joseph's to 7-5 Win against No. 3 Norwich in GNAC Semifinals

Women's Lacrosse: Late Run Propels No. 2 St. Joseph's to 7-5 Win against No. 3 Norwich in GNAC Semifinals

PORTLAND, Maine—No. 2 St. Joseph's College (ME) scored five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the second half to down the No. 3 Norwich University women's lacrosse team 7-5 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Semifinals on Thursday evening.

With the loss, the Cadets wrap up the season with an 8-5 record, while the win boosts the Monks to 12-7 and advances the team to Saturday's GNAC championship game.

Norwich senior Baylie Lamarre (Tyngsboro, Mass.) led the Cadets with three goals. Senior Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) scored twice for the Cadets.

The Monks saw three goals each from Cassie Diplock and Lizzie Calnan, while Kat Gadbois added a goal and two assists.

With 15:14 left to play in the second half, Diplock netted her second goal of the day to spark a five-goal run for the Monks. 3:01 later, Gadbois netted her lone goal of the game, and with 8:25 left in the half, Diplock completed the hat trick to tie the score at 5-5 on an extra-player opportunity following a costly Norwich yellow card.

Calnan took control from there, as she netted the go-ahead goal with 5:41 on the clock and added an insurance goal 3:10 later to seal the 7-5 win.

Norwich led for nearly 29 minutes over the course of the game, as the Cadets took an early 2-0 lead in the first half on back-to-back goals by Lamarre and maintained that lead until the 18:52 mark, when Diplock's first goal of the game evened the score at 2-2.

After a scoreless remainder to the first half, Norwich's Fitzpatrick needed just nine seconds in the second frame to put the Cadets up 3-2. She added a second tally 33 seconds later, and Lamarre added her third score nearly eight minutes later to give the Cadets a three-goal lead. The Cadets would maintain the lead until Diplock's 5-5 equalizer at the 8:25 mark.

Norwich goaltender Irene Okubo (Chicago, Ill.) recorded 11 saves in the loss, while Elizabeth Giacchino recorded eight saves en route to the win for St. Joseph's. The Monks held a 30-18 shots advantage in the game.

Fitzpatrick recorded game-highs in ground balls (eight) and draw controls (six). She had a team-best four caused turnovers, trailing St. Joseph's Rachelle Messuri, who recorded five caused turnovers.

The Monks will advance to the GNAC Championship game on Saturday and will face top-seeded Emmanuel at 1:00 p.m. Saturday's game marks the first championship appearance for both St. Joseph's and Emmanuel.