NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The 13th season of Norwich women's lacrosse begins this week at Anna Maria, as the Cadets hit the field with a roster full of fresh faces all looking to take strides towards the program's fourth Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship.
Head Coach Heather Faasse returns for her second season leading the maroon and gold, after leading the Cadets to their best record since the 2014 season with a 7-8 overall record and a 5-5 conference mark a year ago.
Lacombe has been a mainstay on the Cadets defensive unit for three seasons, making 40 starts and 42 appearances so far in her career and serving as the assistant captain for last year's team. She's collected 48 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers in those games, as well as scoring three goals and recording an assist for four career points.
She'll be joined in captaincy by the team's goalkeeper and second-year team captain, junior Lawson Hayes. Shes already logged well over a thousand minutes (1,219) for Norwich in just two seasons and holds a 7-12 all-time record with 153 saves and a 12.84 goals against average. Hayes enters the year already in the top-ten in program history in career saves, saves per game, save percentage, and goals against average.
"We'll also be looking to Jordan Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) to push our offense from the back line," commented Coach Faasse when asked for other key returners, "and Emily Schromm (North Attleboro, Mass.) will be back working draws for us and taking control of that midfield position with Mary-Kait Mace (Canton, N.Y.) who we'll look to be more offensive minded this season."
The Cadets will bring six newcomers into the fold, as Coach Faasse's first class of recruits looks to make an impact in 2019. "Our freshmen are going to get a lot of playing time this year since they make up about a third of our roster," Faasse said, "they're a very high lacrosse IQ group so it hasn't been a hard transition for them to come in and start making immediate impacts."
March 30th is a date to circle on the calendar, as it will feature the first-ever One Love Game co-hosted by both Norwich lacrosse programs. A 5K run before the game will be one event during an entire week of events designed to raise awareness about relationship violence and other equity concerns culminating in a men's and women's game at Sabine Field.
The 17-woman roster will embark on their 16 game schedule this Saturday when they take on Anna Maria on the road at 7:00 PM, the first game on a five-game stint of road contests to start the year. They'll return home on March 23rd when they host Johnson & Wales at 12:00 PM for their home opener within the friendly confines of Sabine Field and Haynes Family Stadium.