NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's lacrosse team was defeated by the visiting Chargers from Colby-Sawyer College, 13-12, at Sabine Field on Thursday. Norwich falls to 2-1 on the year while the Chargers improve to 3-0 following the non-conference game.
Down by a 12-11 margin with 1:02 to go in regulation time, freshman Jordan Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) knotted the score off a nifty pass from junior Meaghan McGrath (Barre, Vt.). The Cadets lost the ensuing draw, however, and Colby-Sawyer's Sierra Schuster scored her fifth goal of the game with only 50 ticks left on the second half scoreboard.
The Cadets lost the game's next draw, but a late Colby-Sawyer turnover with 18 seconds left gave the home team hope. A late desperation heave by Norwich was not corralled in the offensive zone, giving the Chargers the ball back with nine seconds remaining. Colby-Sawyer was able to hold on for the one-goal victory.
Five different Norwich players recorded at least two goals as senior Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) and McGrath led the way with two tallies and an assist. Both players also picked up six ground balls, leading the team, while freshman Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) hauled in four of her team's nine draws on the evening.
Colby-Sawyer sprinted out to a 3-0 lead through the game's first 2:05, but Norwich was quick to close the game to 3-2. Once again trailing by three goals, the Cadets rattled off four-straight goals to capture a 6-5 lead following an unassisted strike by Guarnieri. Norwich ended up trailed by a 7-6 lead at the half following a failed clearance in the final minute of action that was brought back and scored by Bailey Starr.
Sophomore Kathryn Albretsen (Cotuit, Mass.) opened the second half with a game-tying goal and, despite an answer from Starr, the Cadets established a 10-8 lead following goals from freshman Mary-Kait Mace (Canton, N.Y.), Brown and Albretsen in succession. A commanding 4-0 scoring run by Colby-Sawyer would ultimately create a 12-10 lead as late as with 5:29 left in the second half.
McGrath's final goal of the contest came with 3:15 remaining in regulation time, cutting the Colby-Sawyer lead to two goals. The junior would also help set up Lutz's dramatic game-tying goal with 62 seconds remaining in the contest.
Norwich netminder Janice Bolton (Stow, Mass.) drew the loss, allowing 13 goals on 19 shots. Kailyn Lapham stood tall in the contest for Colby-Sawyer, making six saves in relief of starter Meghan Castellano to earn the win for the Chargers.
The Cadets held statistical advantages in shots (26-to-22), ground balls (25-to-18) and successful clears (13-for-21, 10-for-20), but the Chargers held distinct advantages in draw controls (17-to-9) and committed only eight fouls in the final 30 minutes of action. Norwich committed 14 infractions down the stretch.
Schuster recorded six points of offense (5-1=6), leading the team, while Starr reeled in a game-high eight draw controls.
Norwich hosts Saint Joseph's (Maine) this Saturday, Mar. 25 at 1 p.m. on Sabine Field to open Great Northeast Athletic Conference play.