Women’s Lacrosse falls to Lasell in GNAC quarterfinals

Women’s Lacrosse falls to Lasell in GNAC quarterfinals

AUBURNDALE, Mass. – The No. 7-seeded Norwich University women's lacrosse team saw its season end this afternoon against No.2-seeded Lasell College after an 18-6 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on Wednesday afternoon.


The loss brings Norwich's final record to 5-8 for the 2015 season, while Lasell moves to 10-5 and earns a spot in the semifinals against the winner of the No. 3 Johnson & Wales/No. 6 Simmons College on Friday, April 24.


Senior Gina Conroy (Amherst, N.H.) would net five goals for the Cadets as Emma Smith (Patterson, N.Y.) recorded a goal, while Caroline Manning (Duxbury, Mass.) collected a team-high three ground balls on the afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) would pull down a team-high six draw controls with two ground balls and a caused turnover.


Six different players recorded at least two goals for the Lasers with Toni Minelli (Newington, Conn.), Bridget Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) and Caitlyn Brecher (Cheshire, Conn.) each netting four.


Lasell scored seven straight goals from four different players in the first 16 minutes of play before Conroy scored unassisted at the 13:08 mark to snap the drought. The Lasers would score on the next possession as Brecher recorded the hat-trick for the 8-1 lead. Conroy would score back-to-back goals for the hat-trick in an eight minute span as the Cadets trailed 8-3  before Lasell scored an additional goal in the first half as the Lasers went into the break with a 9-3 advantage.


The Lasers scored the first two goals of the second half before Conroy netted her fourth goal of the game two minutes into the frame. Both teams would trade goals once again from Lasell's Minelli posting her second goal and Norwich's Conroy recording her fifth with the Lasers still up 12-5 with 21:23 remaining in the game.


Lasell added on three more goals to its tally to for the 10-point lead until the 12:38 mark as Smith drilled a shot into the back of the net on a pass from Holly Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) for the Cadets' sixth and final goal of the contest. Lasell tacked on three additional goals for the final score, 18-6.


Goalkeepers Courtney Hudson (Burke, Va.) started in between the pipes for Norwich and picked up a save before being replaced by Irene Okubo (Chicago, Ill.), who came up with nine saves on the afternoon. Lasell's Alexa Katsigianis (Amherst, N.H.) came up with 13 saves in the 23 shots faced for the win.


Lasell controlled nearly every statistical category in the match. The Lasers outshot Norwich 33-22, collected more ground balls, 24-18, and won more draw controls, 16-9.