Women’s Soccer: Lasers strike down Norwich, 4-1

Karyssa Lachance Anna Maria women's soccer
Bill Croney/The Northfield News

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to eight-time defending Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) champion Lasell College on Wednesday night in league action on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. 

Lasell (10-4-0, 9-0-0 GNAC) scored three unanswered goals to break a 1-1 tie en route to their sixth straight victory over Norwich. 

The Cadets (6-8-1, 3-7-1 GNAC) got a goal from freshman Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.), but it wasn't enough as NU was eliminated from GNAC playoff contention with the loss. 

Lachance scored in the 18th minute to tie the game back up at 1-1 after Lasell took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Lachance curled a shot into the bottom right corner of the net from 20 yards out for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. 

Lasell opened the scoring in the 13th minute with Olivia Austin tallying her second goal of the year with a strike into the top right corner of the net off a crossing pass from the right wing by Morgan Pinksten. 

Lasell took the lead for good in the 35th minute with Serena Speight scoring her fourth goal of the year on a rebound after an initial shot by Narissa Libby was saved by NU starting goalie Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). The ball kicked out to Speight at the top of the 18 who scored on an open net with Watt down and out. 

Carly Zdanek scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season on a breakaway after a long over the top ball from Erika Badger put her in alone. Zdanek took a few dribbles before slowing down to draw Watt off her line and then firing the ball into the right corner of th net. 

Lasell closed the scoring in the 66th minute with an unassisted tally by Paige Meissner for her second of the season. 

Watt made 14 saves in the loss to fall to 0-4-1. Angela Sanzari made three saves for Lasell to improve to 8-4 on the year. 

Norwich will close out the GNAC regular season on Saturday when it hosts Suffolk at 3:30 p.m. for its annual Senior Day.