NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Norwich University women's lacrosse team pulled off a huge 14-9 victory over Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe Albertus Magnus on Wednesday night behind a historic performance in goal by freshman Kate Winstanley and her 24 saves.
Norwich came out clicking offensively, scoring five quick goals within the first nine minutes of action to take a 5-0 lead. Albertus Magnus managed to outscore Norwich 3-2 over the remainder of the half, as the Cadets held a 7-3 lead heading into the break.
The second half proved to be a much tighter affair, as the Falcons trimmed the lead to just three with 23 minutes remaining. A timely 3-0 run by Norwich gave them a 12-6 cushion with 18 to go, but Albertus answered with a 3-1 run of their own to tighten it back up to 12-8 with 11 minutes remaining. Abby Roberts (Passumpsic, Vt.) and Jennifer Zarycki (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) notched goals in the final nine minutes to help ice the 14-9 victory, as Norwich managed to withstand the Falcons best rallying effort.
Kate Winstanley (Lansdale, Pa.) was the story of the day, as the freshman made an astounding 24 saves on 33 shots to break the previous single-game saves record of 23 set by Kellie Pickel in 2009. Formerly the Cadets' main offensive weapon, Winstanley has transitioned to goal in the last three games due to injury problems with the Cadets entire roster and has put up a 45.5% save percentage in that time.
Offensively for the Cadets, freshman Brittney Poljacik (Woodstock, Vt.) tallied a hat trick while Abby Roberts notched one of her own to go with two assists. Michaila Furchak (Nyack, N.Y.) and Missy Preul (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each picked up a pair of goals as well.
The Cadets improve to 6-8 overall and 4-6 within the GNAC. They'll take a break from conference play their next time out when they travel to take on NVU-Lyndon Monday afternoon, followed by the regular season finale against Simmons on April 24th at home.