NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team lost control of its own destiny in its bid to make the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) playoffs for the first time since 2011 with a 4-1 loss to Regis (Mass.) on Saturday night.
Sophomore forward Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.) scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as Regis scored two first half goals and then two more quick ones to open the second half and pull away for the huge victory.
Norwich (6-10-1, 5-6-1 GNAC) will be left to scoreboard watch on Wednesday as the odd team out to have finished its 12 conference games in the 13-team league. The Cadets are currently tied for sixth place in the GNAC standings with Univ. of St. Joseph with 16 points. However, Regis (Mass.) and Colby-Sawyer each have 15 points and Albertus Magnus is lurking with 13 points as five teams are fighting for the three remaining playoff spots.
Rachel Kelly gave Regis a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and then Valerie Gordon scored on a corner kick service from Kerri Urquhart to up the lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute.
Lachance gave the Cadets some life in the 39th minute with her goal on a beautiful turn around shot from 30 yards out, curling the ball and tucking it into the top left corner of the net and over the head of Regis goalkeeper Ori Attridge.
However, Regis seized the momentum just 3:36 into the second half with Kaylee Francis scoring her eighth goal of the season after getting behind the NU defense and scoring on a breakaway from the right side. Emily Lange made it 4-1 just under two minutes later with the proverbial dagger.
Sophomore Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made seven saves for Norwich in the loss. Attridge made five saves for Regis. The Pride outshot Norwich 18-11 in the game.
Norwich will close out the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon when the Cadets host UMaine-Fort Kent at 12 p.m. on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.