Women's Lacrosse: Mount Ida Slips Past Norwich, 14-13

Kate Albretsen

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's lacrosse team was edged by visiting Mount Ida College on Wednesday, dropping a 14-13 contest at Sabine Field. 

The Cadets even their overall record at 6-6, falling to 2-4 against Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponents. The Mustangs move to 12-2 on the year, having lost only one of six league fixtures on the season – Mount Ida defeated Norwich for only the second time in team history. 

Sophomore Kathryn Albretsen (Cotuit, Mass.) potted six goals in the game for the fourth time in her career. Freshman Olivia Bloom (Annapolis, Md.) cashed in with three goals while junior Meaghan McGrath (Barre, Vt.) struck for two goals and an assist. Senior Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for Norwich, tallying twice. 

Guarnieri and Bloom were major contributors on defense as well, causing three turnovers apiece. The Cadets finished the game with statistical advantages in shots (36-to-27), ground balls (22-to-17) and free-position goals (four-to-two) while committing fewer turnovers (22-to-24) and less fouls (21-to-30). 

Down by a 9-7 margin at halftime, the Cadets scored four of the game's first five second half goals to capture an 11-10 lead. Mount Ida rallied with three-straight goals before Albretsen and McGrath dramatically tied the score at 13. The Mustangs' Emily McConnell scored the eventual game-winning goal with 11:15 left in the contest as she was set up by Brooke Scahill

The Cadets had several chances to draw even down the stretch, but succeeded on only two of eight clearance attempts while committing a game-high 13 turnovers in the final 30 minutes alone. To their credit, Norwich fired four shots in the final seven minutes, but three were saved by Mount Ida backstop Eleanor Garvey

Norwich led by a 3-0 score only 10:41 into the game, sparked by two goals from Albretsen. The Mustangs fired off six-straight goals, capturing a 7-3 lead that would evaporate shortly into the second half. The Cadets rattled off 23 shots in the first half, picking up 14 ground balls and hauling in 10 draw controls. 

Freshman Lawson Hayes (Moorestown, N.J.) drew the loss for Norwich, making seven saves on 21 shots. Mount Ida's Jessica Henry was impressive across the game's first 36 minutes, making nine saves on 18 shots before being relieved by Garvey with the game tied at nine. 

Norwich returns to action Saturday, Apr. 22 as it hosts Emmanuel (Mass.) at 1 p.m. on Sabine Field. The Cadets cap their home schedule on Wednesday, Apr. 26 with a tilt against Simmons before concluding the regular season at Rivier on Saturday, Apr. 29.