NASHUA, N.H. – Senior Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) posted a career-high eight goals and one assist for nine points (8-1=9) to help the Norwich University women's lacrosse team to a 16-15 victory over the host Raiders of Rivier University on Saturday.
The Cadets conclude the regular season with a 7-8 overall record and a 3-6 mark against Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponents. Norwich has qualified for the postseason for the 10th-straight season and will take on Saint Joseph's (Maine) College this Wednesday, May 3 in Portland, Maine.
Guarnieri's eight goals are the third-most scored by a single player and her nine-point effort stands as the seventh-best single game performance in team history. She enters play on Wednesday with 123 career goals and 22 assists for 145 points (123-22=145) and needs only one additional draw control to reach 150 for her career.
Sophomore Kathryn Albretsen (Cotuit, Mass.) registered six goals and an assist for seven points (6-1=7), reaching a single-game personal best for the second-straight game after posting the same scoring output against Simmons on Wednesday. Albretsen's sixth goal of the game was the game-winning strike with only 43 seconds left in regulation time.
Following a Rivier goal with 1:47 left in regulation time, freshman Mary-Kait Mace (Canton, N.Y.) won the draw for the Cadets. After two quick shots by Albretsen, she later picked up a ground ball and, immediately following a Norwich time out, she scored off a pass from Guarnieri for the game-winning goal.
The Cadets trailed by as many as three goals in the first half. Down by a 5-2 margin with 13:52 to go in the opening stanza, Guarnieri potted back-to-back goals before an unassisted tally by Albretsen brought the game even. A late Rivier goal created a 6-5 lead, but three-straight Norwich goals within 1:09 created an 8-6 lead at halftime for the visitors.
After the leads traded several times, Rivier took a 13-12 lead with three-straight goals that culminated at 11:03 in the second half. The Cadets would end the game with four out of the next six goals to lock down the victory.
Freshman Lawson Hayes (Moorestown, N.J.) made 11 saves on 26 shots, earning the win for Norwich. Rivier's Courtney Laperriere allowed 16 goals on 34 shots, making 18 saves in the defeat. The Raiders were led by two goals and three assists by Lauren Goodspeed.