Women's Lacrosse: Norwich Ousted From GNAC Playoffs by Saint Joseph's (Maine)

Kathryn Albretsen

PORTLAND, Maine – The Norwich University women's lacrosse team was defeated by the host Monks from Saint Joseph's (Maine) College on Wednesday in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinals held at Deering Memorial Stadium. 

The Monks cruised to a 17-6 victory over the Cadets, who were making their 10th-straight appearance in the GNAC postseason. The Cadets conclude their season with a 7-9 overall record after posting a 3-6 mark against league opponents during the regular season. Saint Joseph's improves to 13-3 on the year and will take on the winner of the Simmons/Lasell match-up, taking place Wednesday afternoon. 

Sophomore Kathryn Albretsen (Cotuit, Mass.) led the Cadets with three goals and four draw controls. Senior Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) capped off a stellar four-year career with two goals, finishing with 125 goals and 22 assists for 147 career points (125-22=147). 

The Monks opened up a 2-0 lead on Norwich with just over five minutes expired in regulation time, but junior Teresa Segreti (Salisbury Mills, N.Y.) halved the hosts advantage with an unassisted goal with 22:35 to go in the opening stanza. Saint Joseph's would strike for four-straight goals before back-to-back strikes from Guarnieri and Albretsen would again halve the hosts lead, 6-3. 

Norwich was held without a goal for the remainder of the first half as Saint Joseph's struck for four additional goals to create a 10-3 advantage at halftime. The Monks narrowly outshot the Cadets, 14-to-13, but placed all 14 shots on goal, scoring on 10 of them and forcing freshman goaltender Lawson Hayes (Moorestown, N.J.) to make four stops in the first 30 minutes. 

Guarnieri scored the first goal of the second half, but Saint Joseph's rattled off five-straight goals to take a commanding 15-4 lead with 12:14 to go in regulation time. Albretsen cashed in with two goals in the final 7:24 and the Monks equaled the Cadets' scoring output, creating the final 17-6 advantage. 

Hayes halted seven shots, drawing the loss, while Saint Joseph's Kaylin Mansir turned aside seven of 13 shots faced. The Monks outshot the Cadets by a 25-to-23 margin, but Norwich picked up 25 of the game's 47 ground balls. 

Senior Kasey Jacobs (Killingworth, Conn.) made her final career appearance in Wednesday's contest, reeling in three ground balls. She finishes with 70 career ground balls, 30 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers in 48 career games played.